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Adidas Gauntlet Finale: Daily Notebook Day Two

By Marcus Carr, 07/20/19, 1:45AM EDT

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Ladera Ranch, Calif. (CA) — With the sweet 16 set heading into Friday, there were a lot of tight games filled with excitement with the goal to be one step closer to winning the Adidas Gauntlet Finale. Friday had a ton of top performers and matchups, I picked a few that made a significant difference to push their team over the top to a win. 

Top Performers

2020 Jaylen Clark, Compton Magic Elite: There wasn’t a more efficient offensive performance on Friday than Clark’s 8-8 shooting day against Game Elite JB and every single one of them counted in the Magic’s overtime win. On the 8 shots the 2020 guard capitalized with 22 points leading all scorers. Everytime the Magic needed a basket, Clark provided it. Him and Chibuzo Agbo came through when it mattered the most, in overtime Agbo forced a turnover and Clark hit a floater while falling down to give the Magic a 3 point lead with less than 20 seconds remaining. In their matchup against Game Elite FL, Clark picked up right where he left off in the first game, he was an offensive catalyst for the Magic and dropped 20 in their win. 

2021 Harrison Ingram, YGC36: Matched up against a tough Dream Vision team featuring; Kyree Walker, Makur Maker and Isaiah Cottrell, YGC36 had their work cut out for them and Ingram led the charge. The 6’7” guard made Makur Maker’s day particularly difficult during the first half of the game being a pest on defense and too quick for Maker on the offensive end. Ingram displayed his will to be physical in the paint consistently making strong box outs on the 7-footer and on the offensive end he gave all of his opponents problems by either being too quick or too physical for them. Ingram finished with 18 points, but the defensive play was what helped YGC36 pull off a win against Dream Vision. There is a lot to like about Ingram as a prospect, he has a great frame with long arms and makes good decisions passing the ball. If Ingram can polish his scoring game he can quickly rise on the boards of many college coaches. 

2020 Chris Youngblood, Game Elite FL: In a tough matchup against Garner Elite Basketball Club, the guard lifted Game Elite to a victory scoring 29 points leading the team in scoring.   He shot the ball extremely well on all three levels and displayed some promising off-ball play Despite their loss to Compton Magic in the Elite 8, Youngblood continued his absolute scoring clinic against the Magic. He was able to collapse the defense and dish out to his teammates for easy open looks. He shot 65% from the field in his 27 point performance against a good defensive backcourt of the Magic and added 4 assists and 4 rebounds. The quick guard showed promising scoring flashes with great shot selection and high IQ. 

Top Game

Compton Magic Elite vs Game Elite FL: A game that started with early words being exchanged quickly turned into one of the most exciting games of the day. 2020 guard, Chris Youngblood, lit up the scoreboard for Game Elite and went on a stretch where it felt like he couldn’t miss but the Compton Magic’s guard play between Dalen Terry and Jaylen Clark was too much for Game Elite. The backcourt of Terry and Clark combined for 44 points in their victory and will need to carry it over into the final day of Adidas Gauntlet Finale for the Compton Magic to have a chance to win. 

Clutch Performance

2020 Dallion Johnson, Mass Rivals: In a game to head to the Final Four of the Adidas Gauntlet Finale, Johnson showed up in the most clutch way for Mass Rivals. They played a stiff game throughout with Iowa Barnstormers, sending the game into double overtime because regulation wasn’t enough. With 2 seconds left in the second overtime, off the offensive rebound, Johnson pulled a fade away corner three pointer to win the game for Mass Rivals and send them to the Final Four. He finished with 23 points including 5 three pointers. Mass Rivals will take on YGC36 for a chance at the championship game. 

 

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Ladera Ranch, Calif. (CA) — With the sweet 16 set heading into Friday, there were a lot of tight games filled with excitement with the goal to be one step closer to winning the Adidas Gauntlet Finale. Friday had a ton of top performers and matchups, I picked a few that made a significant difference to push their team over the top to a win. 

Top Performers

2020 Jaylen Clark, Compton Magic Elite: There wasn’t a more efficient offensive performance on Friday than Clark’s  8-8 shooting game against Game Elite JB and every single one of them counted in the Magic’s overtime win. On the 8 shots the 2020 guard capitalized with 22 points leading all scorers. Everytime the Magic needed a basket, Clark provided it. Him and Chibuzo Agbo came through when it mattered the most, in overtime Agbo forced a turnover and Clark hit a floater while falling down to give the Magic a 3 point lead with less than 20 seconds remaining. In their matchup against Game Elite FL, Clark picked up right where he left off in the first game, he was an offensive catalyst for the Magic and dropped 20 in their win. 

2021 Harrison Ingram, YGC36: Matched up against a tough Dream Vision team featuring: Kyree Walker, Makur Maker and Isaiah Cottrell, YGC36 had their work cut out for them and Ingram led the charge. The 6’7” guard made Makur Maker’s day particularly difficult during the first half of the game being a pest on defense and too quick for Maker on the offensive end. Ingram displayed his will to be physical in the paint consistently making strong box outs on the 7-footer and on the offensive end he gave all of his opponents problems by either being too quick or too physical for them. Ingram finished with 18 points, but the defensive play was what helped YGC36 pull off a win against Dream Vision. There is a lot to like about Ingram as a prospect, he has a great frame with long arms and makes good decisions passing the ball. If Ingram can polish his scoring game he can quickly rise on the boards of many college coaches. 

2020 Chris Youngblood, Game Elite FL: In a tough matchup against Garner Elite Basketball Club, the guard lifted Game Elite to a victory scoring 29 points leading the team in scoring.  He shot the ball extremely well on all three levels and displayed some promising off-ball play Despite their loss to Compton Magic in the Elite 8, Youngblood continued his absolute scoring clinic against the Magic. He was able to collapse the defense and dish out to his teammates for easy open looks. He shot 65% from the field in his 27 point performance against a good defensive backcourt of the Magic and added 4 assists and 4 rebounds. The quick guard showed promising scoring flashes with great shot selection and high IQ. 

Top Game

Compton Magic Elite vs Game Elite FL: A game that started with early words being exchanged quickly turned into one of the most exciting games of the day. 2020 guard, Chris Youngblood, lit up the scoreboard for Game Elite and went on a stretch where it felt like he couldn’t miss but the Compton Magic’s guard play between Dalen Terry and Jaylen Clark was too much for Game Elite. The backcourt of Terry and Clark combined for 44 points in their victory and will need to carry it over into the final day of Adidas Gauntlet Finale for the Compton Magic to have a chance to win. 

Clutch Performance

2020 Dallion Johnson, Mass Rivals: In a game to head to the Final Four of the Adidas Gauntlet Finale, Johnson showed up in the most clutch way for Mass Rivals. They played a stiff game throughout with Iowa Barnstormers, sending the game into double overtime because regulation wasn’t enough. With 2 seconds left in the second overtime, off the offensive rebound, Johnson pulled a fade away corner three pointer to win the game for Mass Rivals and send them to the Final Four. He finished with 23 points including 5 three pointers. Mass Rivals will take on YGC36 for a chance at the championship game.