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Philly's Finest/Best of Philly Tournament Report
September 23-28
Salvation Army Gymnasium

   Both brackets of this tournament where filled with lots of quality hoops action. In the Open Division the victors where Positive Image, with 6-10 Wayne Marshall (King) leading the charge. His primary help came from his cousin Quincy Marshall (King), 6-2 Kyree Brown (Dobbins) and 6-2 Keith Grimes (Southern). Grimes dropped in a winning lay-up with less than 6 seconds remaining as PI won 34-32 over MJC. Throughout the tournament PI excelled by playing smart basketball, using the clock and finding the big guy, W. Marshall who is an exceptional passer.  In pool play they defeated Mustangs Basketball which featured 6-9 Sean McKeon (Formerly of Carroll); Salvation Army Holy Flames which featured 6-6 Darryl White and an improved Cerone Brown, and, finally, PYO which featured 6-8 Dontay Tabbs. White probably had the best game of the three against Wayne, although Dontay did serve up one "wicked" dunk in that Saturday Morning showdown. In the other Open Bracket each team was stacked with talent. Philly MJC prevailed by outlasting Drillers (mostly Bartram players) in an excellent Friday Afternoon showcase. This summers highest mover up the local and national rankings, Kyle Lowry (Dougherty) who only played two games, had two triple doubles leading MJC. His main man, Shane Clark was also solid, he played the best against W. Marshall in the final. MJC also had Antoine "Doo Dirty" Brown and Mark Tyndale running with them. MJC did lose a pool play game to Philly USA which sported an improving Jahkal Curry, who averaged 14 points during the tournament, Mike Green and Tyreek Byard all of FLC. The story for Drillers was Khalil Abdus Salaam, coming back from a summer long injury, Salaam was sensational. Making midrange jumpers and playing inside amongst the trees. Also starring was Jason Cain, Charles Jones and Bryant Leach. For Youth Interlock which went 1-2 was Tim Young, who is one of the city's best players and DeSean White, who is one of our area's best talents. Young gets a dunk every game. And he can play a lot o point guard. He has had one of the best summers around and we all expect a big year out of him. In the 16 and Under, which was won by Del Peacemakers led by Noel Wilmore of Germantown Friends School.  Wilmore average 24 points and got help from 6-5 Neumann "Jack of All Trades", Adon "Method Man" El. They outlasted Youth Interlock II 52-51, after 9th grader Wayne Ellington's drive to the basket and bucket. Youth Interlock II was helped by "Doo-Dirty" Brown, Amir Ryan, Kechan Myers and outside marksman, Brian Smith (Franklin). Myers had one of the plays of the week wen the 5-10 guard went to the hole and unfurled a dunk. Other 16 and Under stars include FLC's Michael Scott (Salvation Army Hot Boys), King sophomore Jamar Bruce (Positive Force), Olney's Andrew Jerry (Positive Force), Mastbaum's Marion "Buddy" Rose (Philly Spirit) St. Joe's Prep's Reggie Redding (Philly MJC II) and Bobby Jordan (Running Rebels).

 Open Division All-Tournament

MVP- Wayne Marshall (Positive Image)
Kyle Lowry (MJC)
Khalil Abdus Salaam (Drillers)
Keith Grimes (Positive Image)
Shane Clark  (MJC)
Tim Young (Youth Interlock)

16 and Under All Tournament
MVP Noel Wilmore (Peacemakers)
Antoine Brown (Youth Interlock II)
Brian Smith (Youth Interlock II)
Kechan Myers (Youth Interlock II)
Adon El (Peacemakers)
Michael Scott (Salvation Army Hot Boys)