Posted On: 04/8/18 8:32 PM
Teams from all over the Midwest converged on Ames last weekend at the All Iowa Attack-hosted Super 16. Adidas squad Omaha Sports Academy took home 16U and 17U titles, while host squad All Iowa Attack Red took home the 15U title. There was plenty to take in on Sunday, and here’s some quick recaps of the games we saw.
This game had a little bit of everything; drama, chippy-ness, slams, wasted leads, and lots of yelling at the refs. In the end, though, it was Angelo Winkel and Karson Sharar who were able to will their very talented 15U unit to an impressive title.
Attack was up big at the half, and Sharar canned a triple to start the second half, giving them a 41-24 advantage. Then, for a long while, buckets were hard to come by for the Ames-based squad. OSA would go on a 26-7 run, and at one point with about 5 minutes to play, held a 50-48 lead. But then Winkel and Sharar would regain control for their Attack squad. And the final minutes belonged to Iowa guys.
Sharar finished with a game-high 24 points. Winkel was a rebounding-machine, and finished with 16 points, doing most of his damage while his team was in crisis in the second half. This Attack 15U unit is certainly one of the best in the Midwest.
This Tryon Gym squad came up against an athletic and fiery Minnesota team, and although they lead 34-33 at the break, they fell short in the end.
The Carroll-based squad had to overcome a big first half deficit to even have the lead at the break, but Minnesota would bridge the first and second halves with a 9-0 run and led 38-34 early in the second. From that point on, things would normalize a bit, but Tryon would play catch-up the rest of the game, and never quite get over the hump.
Newell-Fonda sophomore Bryce Coppock was impressive in defeat, the lengthy combo-guard led Tryon Gym with 16 points.
A promising start for All Iowa Attack turned disastrous in a hurry, and they ran into a buzz-saw of an Omaha unit in this 16U final.
There was a lid on the hoop early for Omaha, and Attack took advantage with a 7-0 lead out of the gates. Things would normalize after that, and by halftime, the Nebraska adidas squad held a 36-23 advantage.
The second half was a lot the same for OSA, who was led by Omaha Central guard Latrell Wrightsell; he scored a game-high 21 in the win. Ankeny Centennial forward Cody McCullough put together a gritty performance for Attack, he scored a team-high 12 points in the loss.
A slow start by Pump turned into a fast finish and the guys from Southeastern Iowa obliterated this Iowa Elite squad on Sunday afternoon.
New London duo Keontae Luckett and Mason Porter lead the charge for Pump, while forwards Carson Crile and Rhett Zeglen provide some punch in the paint. Bryce Barnett is there as the sniper.
This Pump squad is a well-balanced and well-coached unit that will certainly be formidable this spring and summer on the 17U circuit.
This was by far the best game we saw today, thanks in large part to Evan Gauger’s second half heroics for All Iowa Attack.
The Indianola guard poured in 21 second half points, and brought his team back from a a deficit to send the game to OT. It was his 3-ball with 3 seconds to go that sent this game to the extra frame.
In overtime Grand View Christian’s Issa Samake put in an incredible reverse-jam plus the foul, and gave Attack a one point lead with under 10 ticks to go. But a foul on the ensuing inbound would send OSA to the line for a one-and-one.
OSA would miss the free-throw, but gathered an o-board and put in a tough shot at the rim (over Samake) that would give them a one point lead with three seconds to go; a shot that ultimately become the game-winner.
Evan Gauger is nasty. Here’s a 3-ball to send the game to OT against OSA adidas. He’s got 19 2H points 😱 pic.twitter.com/suMRXvDeRX
— TJ Rushing (@TjRushing) April 8, 2018
This one was all Attack, and the score isn’t really a good indicator of how the Iowa group dominated this game.
Amazingly, it was an eighth-grader from Ames, Tamin Lipsey, who was the leading scorer for Attack in the blowout win. Lipsey is playing two grades up, and poured in 18 points, in addition to a number of steals in this one. He’s one of the Midwest’s best young guards.
Ankeny point guard Braxton Bayless was sensational as the catalyst in the win, his play-making ability is among the best in Iowa. Bayless’ Ankeny teammate Jaxon Smith scored 13 in the win, and showcased exceptional defensive instincts. Cade Winkel added 10 points and Preston Kelling chipped in with nine in the well-balanced beat-down of the Minnesota squad.
This was a blowout from start to finish, and the All Iowa Attack duo of Karson Sharar and Angelo Winkel poured in 49 of their team’s 77 points in the win.
Those two make up a top 15U tandem in Iowa, and they have plenty of other pieces on the squad to make this maybe the best 2020 team in Iowa.
Nitro has a good one with freshman sniper Isaac Besh. His team may have taken the L, but he showed out with 18 points and four triples. Besh played in 15 games with the Denver varsity this season.