Monday night the metro area's best young high school hoopers took to the court in the League of Champions, much to the delight of the young boisterous crowd.
The smaller court and running clock set the stage for a frenetic pace and a night full of highlights.
In the first game, Squad Grey squeaked out a narrow 47-45 victory over the newly added team Ballou from Washington, D.C. Edison's rising junior guard and Ghanain native Chief Amoah led his team to victory with a game-high 12 points.
The Thunder jumped all over Team Showtime in game two, going up 14-0 and coasting to a comfortable 29-16 halftime lead. Showtime would make it respectable in the second half thanks to Jared Carithers team high 14 points, but The Thunder held off their talented opponents for the 51-43 win. Kendall Hargrove led all scores with 15.
In a wildly entertaining finale, The Squad defeated Crossroads Stars 59-50 thanks in part to the great play of Edison standout Khalil Jabbie and St. John's signee Derrick Wood. The two combined for 33 points, and the highlight of the night was when Jabbie tossed an alley oop to the high-flying Wood, who threw it through the hoop while barely touching the rim on the dunk.
The Crossroads Stars, thanks in part to a 17-point second half from Arthur Edwards, battled back from a double digit deficit to cut it to 1 with 2:30 seconds remaining, but The Squad proved to be too much to handle, scoring the final eight points of the game.
Play will resume on Wednesday with another triple-header. All games occur at 6, 7, and 8pm on Monday and Wednesday nights.