In the final analysis, the 2nd grade division of the Battle Royale Classic was a bit top heavy, as only 3-4 teams were really capable of winning the title. In most of the games, the 4 nationally teams cruised to easy victories. The seeding for Sunday’s bracket play was disrupted when the Memphis War Eagles arrived to the gym late in their opening game and was forced to forfeit. Consequently, with a 1-1 pool record, Memphis was relegated to the Silver Division, which they eventually won.
In Gold Bracket play, the Hoosier Phenoms rode a 2-0 pool record into Sunday, where they would matchup with a 2-0 Team Charging squad in the semi-finals. For the weekend, both teams were playing with roster additions, including Chris Downing Jr. (OH), and Dylan Rader (IL) for the Phenoms, and David Perry (OH) for Team Charging. It should be noted that Aydin Garth also suited up for the Phenoms. Although the semi-final game was close, and both teams shared the lead at time, the Phenoms would go ahead and get the 27-20 win.
In the championship game, the Phenoms would face off against a 2-0 Buckeye Prep Hoopsters for the second time this season. Clearly, the Phenoms were intent seeking revenge for an earlier loss to the Hoopsters in the Dru Joyce Classic last month, as they came out hyped and jumped out to a significant lead. The Hoopsters would close the gap a bit to end the 1st half, but ultimately, the Phenoms would hang on for a 49-31 win and the championship. The Phenoms were lead in scoring by Chis Downing Jr. who dropped a team-high 12 points. The Phenoms trek to the title included wins over Nati Elite (49-6), J Anthony Elite (36-8), Team Tookie (32-10) and Team Charging (27-20).
The Buckeye Prep Hoopsters got off to a fast start to the tournament with lopsided wins over Team Tooki3 (27-18), Flint Flames (53-8) and the Kentucky Defenders (29-3). In the championship game, Jordan Taylor lead all scorers with a game-high 13 points, followed by David Johnson III who added another 7 points. Next up for Buckeye Prep is the Team Teague Invitational in Indianapolis, IN.
Team Charging was rolling until the semi-finals, with wins over Road 2 Greatness (32-9) and Team Culture (38-4). The Kentucky Defenders rounded out the final four with wins over J Anthony Elite (29-28), Nati Elite (21-14) and Team Culture (28-8). For the record, after forfeiting their first game, the Memphis War Eagles went on a run that included wins over Road 2 Greatness (25-18), J Anthony Elite (36-20) and the Flint Flames (41-23) to claim the Silver Division championship.
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