GASO Tip-Off Pool Play Game Recaps

Lyndon Cook, GASO Staff Writer
Texas Hoops

GASO season has finally returned, with the Great American Shoot-Out's Tip Off event showcasing some of the top talent in the state. TexasHoops.com's Lyndon Cook breaks down the opening slate of games before the tournament moves into bracket play.

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Triumph Gold 63 Urban DFW - Galen 60

Isaiah Stevens (Allen 2018) opened up the first GASO weekend of the season with a bang, connecting on a three-quarter court heave as time expired to give Triumph Gold the win over Urban DFW. Triumph had the ball with 8 seconds to play, but DFW forced a steal at half-court and put up a potential game-winner of their own. The shot came back off the backboard where Stevens grabbed the ball at his own free throw line and let fly with what would be the difference in the game. Stevens would finish with 14 while teammate David Nzekwesi (Byron Nelson 2019) dropped 18 in his summer circuit debut. Urban's Cedar Hill guard Marcus Sasser put on a show in the first half, scoring 13 of his team's first 15 points. Sasser would end up with a game high 26, while CJ Smith chipped in with 10.

3D Empire 79 Dallas Showtyme Elite Black 68

3D Empire used a strong first half and a complete team effort to move past Dallas Showtyme Black in their first game of the GASO. Zach Rouseau of Bishop Lynch scores the ball well from the point guard spot and led the way with 16 points. Empire led by as many as 20 in the first half before Showtyme went on a run to get it to a 12-point game at half. Mason Hix (Cleburne 2018), Jamal Gaines (Universal Academy 2018), Braylen Young (Keller Central 2018) and Carson Hughes (Keller 2018) all had 14 a piece for Empire, with all of Gaines' points coming in the second half. Showtyme as a team hit 8 threes in the second half but were ultimately unable to overtake Empire.

Urban DFW Elite-Jazzy 77 Texas PRO 17's 60

Kaden Archie (Midlothian 2018) turned in a complete performance to help his Urban DFW Elite squad roll past Texas PRO by 17. Archie was dropping dimes all day and forcing turnovers on the defensive end, to go with a 14 point output on offense against a loaded Texas PRO team. Feron Hunt (Desoto 2018) opened up the game with an alley oop dunk straight off the tip and kept that momentum going towards a game high 15 points. Milton Barnes Jr (Rowlett 2018) connected on three 3's in the first half as Urban raced out to a double digit lead. Durey Caldwell (Klein Forest 2018) had some tough finishes through contact and had 13 points for Texas PRO, to go with 12 each from Zach Nutall (Bryan 2018) and Jaedon LeDee (Kinkaid 2018).

Texas PRO 17's 74 Urban ASAK Elite 69 F/OT

Texas PRO bounced back from an earlier loss to Urban DFW by outlasting their Central Texas affiliate Urban ASAK in an overtime thriller. ASAK had the ball with the score tied at 69 and less than 20 seconds on the clock, but the Texas PRO defense held and ended up shutting out Urban ASAK in the extra period. Zach Nutall (Bryan 2018) continued to turn heads with his play, continuing to finish strong at the hoop on the way to a 23 point game. Jaedon LeDee came back from a struggle-filled first outing to post 20 points for his efforts. Brock Cunningham (Westlake 2018) continued to show why he is a top 5 prospect in the 2018 class, combining skill and talent with hustle and grit in a 24 point night. Cunningham was ever-present on the glass for the entirety of the game, while fellow Chaparral Will Baker (2019) scored 12 in the loss.

The BluePrint 63 TX D1 Ambassadors-West Texas 57

The frontcourt combo of Grayson Early (Jefferson 2018) and Miles Macadory (Sachse 2018) proved to be too much for West Texas to handle, as the BluePrint came away with the 6-point victory. Early attacked the glass and finishes well when slashing to the hoop, while Macadory showcased some flashy handles for a 6-foot-7 point forward type player. The duo combined for 34 points, while teammate Caleb Jordan added 14. Gannen Braddock (Littlefield 2018) ran the show for West Texas, hitting 4 treys on the way to a 14 point game. Lubbock All Saints' 2018 guard Luke Stewart added 12 in the loss.

Basketball University 17's Gold 72 Urban DFW Elite-Jazzy 63

This game had a little bit of everything, with one of Houston's premier summer teams matching up with one of the DFW's. No.2 ranked 2018 prospect Quentin Grimes came in with top billing, but it was recent UIL 6A State Tournament MVP Nigel Hawkins (Cy Falls 2018) who stole the show in the second half. Hawkins scored 15 of his 16 in the second frame, while Sahvir Wheeler (Houston Christian 2018) sparked Basketball U with his quickness in the first half, scoring 11 of his 14 in the first period. Souleymane Doumbia (Athlos 2018) announced himself to the GASO circuit in a big way, affecting almost every shot that was put up in the paint and trying to dunk everything for a 12 point game. Kennedy Milton (Lincoln 2018) upped his game for Urban DFW, combining for 33 points with the ever-impressive Kaden Archie (Midlothian 2018). The game also saw the rare 7-shot foul, resulting after Urban DFW received a double flagrant foul after a 3-point shooting foul.

Dallas Mustangs 56 SABO Gold 50

Dallas Mustangs had to fight off a late charge that saw SABO cut the deficit to a single point before assured free throw shooting as a team put the game on ice. Mustangs led by 10 halfway through the second half before SABO's Michael Bradley (Cornerstone Christian 2018) mounted a comeback attempt to cut it to 1 with just over 2 minutes to play. He would finish with 8. Jase Townsend (Skyline 2018) made 5 of his team's free throws down the stretch on the way to scoring 19. Joel Murray (Rowlett 2018) added 13 in the win. James Hunter (Antonian 2018) hit a pair of treys to lead SABO with 10 points.

Triumph Gold 73 THP Elite 60

Triumph Gold moved to 2-0 in their pool with a strong showing in their win over THP Elite. Ray Pugh (Cedar Hill 2018) got it going early en route to scoring 17 points. David Nzekwesi (Byron Nelson 2018) kept a strong tournament going with 12 points and another dominant performance on the defensive end. Nicolas Elame (Christian Life Academy 2019) led all scorers with a 19 point night for THP.

Urban ASAK Elite 71 Basketball University 17's Gold 68

Brock Cunningham (Westlake 2018) had another stellar night in the GASO opening weekend, but his Urban ASAK team had to cope without him down the stretch to pull out a narrow win over Basketball University Gold. Cunningham dropped 21, but fouled out right as Basketball U were making their push for a comeback. Overton Jefferson (Connally 2018) came up big for ASAK, scoring 12 including a pair of free throws that put the game effectively out of reach.

After an average first game, Quentin Grimes (College Park 2018) came out with something to prove against ASAK, scoring 33 in what might have been the performance of the weekend so far. 27 of his points came in the second half, where he seemingly scored at will when slashing to the bucket. Charles Smith IV (Westbury Christian 2019) chipped in with 16.

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