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Boo Williams Wins Hoop Group Jam Fest

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"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Protecting their turf was paramount for Boo Williams'
Elite 17-and-Under AAU travel team as they welcomed visitors into the Boo
Williams Sportsplex in Hampton for the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest this past
weekend.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A number of challengers came their way, but in the end,
Boo's bunch prevailed every time with little difficulty, defeating a Team
Loaded squad with a highly regarded big man and dynamic perimeter pieces 84-66
for the Championship on Easter Sunday.
It capped a perfect 6-0 weekend, one where every victory came by
double-figures.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What pleased the AAU Chairman the most was their
unselfishness.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We played as a team.
This probably isn't one of our most talented teams, but we play very
well as a team, like each other, pass the ball to one another and we've got
some guys that are playing really well and at a high level right now.
style=> It's a good bunch of guys," stated Boo.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Cape Henry Class of 2015 guard
normal'>Marcus Evans led the way with 21 points, converting 8-of-11 from
the foul line. In the game prior, a
75-46 rout of Team Winston, he scored 15 points with 10 in the first half.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Marcus is playing great and this is the best he's
played maybe in a while. If he plays
like this next week, his stock is going to be up for sure," Boo added.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Evans' superb play was complemented by the likes of
many, particularly L.C. Bird Class of 2015 shooting guard
normal'>Kenny Williams, whose hot shooting posed issues for opponents
throughout.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Williams hit four long jumpers against Team Winston in
the opening seven minutes en route to scoring 15 points, 11 in the first
half. He followed that up with nine of
the first 17 points for BWSL en route to a 14-point effort against Team Loaded.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Kenny hitting jump shots out of the gate set the tone,"
believed Boo. "If they're going to play
zone, then they're going to have to deal with Kenny all night."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In the battle between undefeated teams for the first
place trophy, BWSL raced out to a 13-point first half lead.
style=> They were up 39-29 at the half, and even when
Team Loaded tried to inch closer when they cut it to seven early in the second
half on a pair of three-pointers from Paul VI Class of 2016 guard
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Curtis Jones, it wouldn't matter.
style=> That's because Boo had an answer in the form
of Deshawn Corprew.
style=>

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Listed as a Class of 2016 prospect from Princess Anne,
the 6-foot-6 Corprew scored nine straight points and had 11 of his 12 in the
second half. Six different players
scored five points or more for BWSL, and that included subs like Corprew and
Class of 2015 prospect Marco Haskins,
a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who was the Group 6A State Player of the Year at
Colonial Forge.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Marco played well.
He struggled early, but he finished up strong and did a great job," Boo pointed out.
style=> He came off the bench and played well, and so
too did Corprew. If you've got guys
coming in off the bench giving you good minutes, that's real big."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What provided more spice to an already much anticipated
matchup was the fact that Carlisle Class of 2016 center
normal'>Thon Maker, a 7-footer rated as a five-star prospect and among the
best at his position in the nation, left Boo Williams after playing on the
circuit for them a year ago for Team Loaded.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Extremely hard to handle for D.C. Premier and Team
Philly, whom he burned for 23 points apiece, as well as practically everyone
else, Maker didn't completely take control of the game in the second half like
he did the previous two games on Sunday.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The strategy versus Maker was to go by-committee with
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Edrice 'Bam' Adebayo (Class of 2016 out
of Northside HS in North Carolina), Oak Hill product
normal'>Anthony Anderson and Blue Ridge 6-foot-7 big man
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Mamadi Dakite (Class of 2016) all
taking turns on him. In the end, it
worked.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Bam denied him, and the big kid from Oak Hill did a
good job as did Mamadi. We gave up 14
fouls, but we were effective," Williams noted.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Maker tallied 13 points.
style=> Most of his damage was done at the foul line,
going 9-of-11 at the charity stripe while recording only two field goals along
with three rebounds and two blocks.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Boo Williams put five in double-figures.
style=> Besides Evans, Williams and Corprew, they
received 15 points from Maury Class of 2017 point guard
normal'>Matt Coleman and 11 courtesy of Cape Henry Class of 2015 three-star
wing Chris Clarke.
style=> Coleman, who notched 19 points in a win
earlier in the day, had five rebounds and five assists.
style=> Clarke grabbed seven boards.
style=> Both were 5-of-6 at the foul line.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In the 16-Under Championship, New Heights defeated Team
Loaded by a count of 63-55. The 15-Under
Championship was won by D.C. Thunder, which beat New Heights.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Up next for Boo Williams is a trip to Sacramento,
California for the first leg of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.

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