Point guards leading the way for teams in Zero Tolerance 9-12 basketball league
Published: December 12, 2012
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ST. THOMAS - The 2012 Zero Tolerance 9-12 Drug Free Basketball League has become a point guard driven league as each of the top five teams have a signal caller that could guide his team to a championship.
Come 2 Defend, led by LaQuan George, ran their record to 3-0 after holding off Raekoi Evans and the Brothers, 25-23, on Sunday. George finished with 10 points and received great support from Shaquan JnCharles, who chipped in six of his seven points in the fourth quarter. Evans tallied a game high 14 points, and L'John Heyliger chipped in seven points.
After dropping their first contest, Jourdyn Rawlins and the Shakers ran their winning streak to four games following a 35-15 win over Isaiah Harvey and Jah Youths. Rawlins only had five points, but his heady play and deft passing was instrumental in the win. The diminutive guard spread the wealth around as 10 Shakers scored. Harvey did it all for Jah Youths as he scored 14 points in the loss.
In the first game of the day, Da Heat picked up their first win after knocking off the winless More Youths, 22-12. Garvin Plummer had seven points, and Elvis Stephens added five points for the Heat. Kemoi Gibbs had six points to lead More Youths.
On Saturday, there was another classic point guard confrontation when George and Come to Defend defeated Collins Joseph Jr. and the Rising Stars, 30-24. George scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter to lead a come from behind victory. M'kayla Mike added eight points and Kyode Walters added six points. Joseph and Omar Lopez contributed eight points for The Rising Stars.
Jourdyn Rawlins put up a season's best 14 points as the Shakers bounced More Youths, 30-24. Himoi Andrew added six points and Thehandre Boatswain added five points. Cornell Henry had 13 points for More Youths.
The Brothers walloped Da Heat, 33-20, behind of Naji Mercer's eight points and Kemoree Nicholson's seven points. Elvis Stephens and Kussi Jamil each tallied seven points for Da Heat.
On Friday, the Shakers topped the Brothers, 22-16. Rawlins had nine points to lead the charge. Raekoi Evans had seven points to pace the Brothers.
Behind Omar Lopez and Jonathan Eliasa, the Rising Stars put a hurting on More Youths, 34-18. Lopez and Eliasa both poured in 10 points. Kemoi Gibbs led More Youths with five points.
In the day's opening contest, the Jah Youths outlasted Da Heat, 25-19. Jeremiah James had eight points and TeQuann Skeete chipped in with six points. TJ Benjamin had eight points for the Da Heat. Action continues Friday and Saturday evening at Charlotte Amalie High School.