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16U Weekend Recap (Best of the Midwest)

By Dylan (GreenWood Intern), 07/26/17, 12:15PM EDT

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16-U Results/Standout Players from Best of the Midwest!

16U This Greenwood Elite team is arguably a top three team in Michigan. This team has a ton of size too; six of nine players are 6’5 or taller. Despite all the talent and size on this young team, they were not added to a super pool.

Every team within this 16U team’s pool paid for it. But, the real difference between every 16U team at this tournament and Greenwood Elite is Mike Fletcher(Flint Carman-Ainsworth). Fletcher dominated the whole tournament which ultimately earned him his first college basketball offer. As said previously, this 16U team DOMINATED their pool.

Their first game was against London CYO, and this game was not even a competition. No Greenwood Elite player could be stopped. When the game was stopped with two minutes left due to mercy rule, Greenwood Elite had won 65-24. Fletcher was getting what ever he wanted, mid range jumpers, big dunks, and rebounds. Fletcher scored 9 pr his team’s first 11 points. The big man ended with 11 points. Cade Coleman(Davison) led Greenwood Elite in scoring with 17 points with five shots from downtown. Gage McGuire(Coldwater) had 12 points and Vinson Sigmon Jr.(Canton) dropped 11 points.

The next morning Greenwood Elite faced APT for their second pool play matchup. APT came out strong from the start giving a good effort. But halfway through the first half when Greenwood Elite buckled down, they took over. Greenwood Elite ended another game in the final two minutes with a 74-44 win over APT. Khalid Fleming(River Rogue) showed great defense and IQ in this matchup. For the second straight game, Coleman led his team in scoring with 17 points hitting multiple DEEP threes. Sigmon Jr. used his speed to get to the basket and showed that he could shoot the rock as well. Sigmon Jr. ended with 15 points. Fletcher just did the usual him; dunking and punish opponents on both ends on the floor. Fletcher ended with 12 points in the win.

Greenwood Elite ended pool play that Friday night with yet again, another game ending in the final two minutes. In a matchup between the 2-0 Greenwood Elite and 0-2 Warriors the undefeated team won 71-42. Greenwood Elite was led by none other than their monster big man, Mike Fletcher. Fletcher dominated on both ends of the floor rebounding and scoring. The Flint native ended with 18 points. The sharpshooter, Reece Castor (Gladstone) was a big help to his team scoring 15 points.

The next morning, Greenwood Elite played their showcase game against Parallel 45. This game was filled with drama and tension due to this being Coleman’s former team. But luckily the game ended up being very clean and competitive… well competitive for part of the game. Despite two double digit performances from Parallel 45 players, Greenwood Elite pulled away easily. Each team had very skilled guards but as usual the main difference was Fletcher. The big man ended with 21 points and a boat load of rebounds. The former P45 player, Coleman dropped 12 points on his old team and Nigel Colvin (River Rouge) did the same.

After winning their pool and their showcase game, the 4-0 Greenwood Elite would start their platinum bracket play a couple hours after their win against P45. Greenwood Elite was set to play a talented ENB team. The game was a back and forth battle, but late in the second half ENB started to press which resulted in multiple steals for ENB giving them the lead and much needed momentum. However Greenwood Elite would not go away easy. They quickly gained a lead and pulled away. Greenwood Elite survived the first round beating ENB 53-45. Fletcher led his team in scoring for the second straight game with 20 points. Prior to that game, the big man received his first college basketball offer from Toledo.

Greenwood Elite survived to championship Sunday to play against super pool winner, Spiece Indy Heat Black(EYBL). This game drew a large crowd and many college coaches. Fletcher dominated right from the start getting big buckets and big boards. The game was very close but when the final buzzer sounded, Greenwood Elite had won 71-68.

Greenwood Elite 16U had made it to the final four. This outstanding 16U program was set to play Arizona Power Elite(Adidas Gauntlet). The winner of that contest was set to play the winner of The Family(EYBL) versus 1Nation(UAA). Greenwood Elite was the only non-circuit team standing in the platinum bracket. This game was filled with future college ballers on both teams. The was very competitive with both team’s guards hitting big outside shots in the first half. Castor led Greenwood Elite with 11 points at halftime but they still faced a nine point deficit. Right after the break, Arizona Power Elite went on a run; extending their lead to 19 points. But, Greenwood Elite would not back down. A run led by Castor, Coleman, and Fletcher brought the deficit down to single digits. The game stayed competitive, but when the the clocks marked triple zeros, Arizona Power Elite came on top 67-62. Arizona Power Elite would go on to beat 1Nation in the championship.

The silver lining in this loss for Greenwood Elite, is that many players gained college interest from their stellar performance against the Gauntlet team. Castor ended with 21 points, Fletcher ended with 14 points, and McGuire chipped in with 9 points.

Greenwood Elite/Flint Carman-Ainsworth (Mike Fletcher) 6’8- Fletcher had a great weekend for Greenwood Elite. He played strong defense and showed his versatility dominating in the paint as well as scoring from the outside. Fletcher impressed many college coaches, receiving his first offer from Toledo and gaining high interest from various other schools. The efficient big man could not be stopped this weekend. He looks to continue his dominance this week at GRBA Nationals.

Greenwood Elite/Davison (Cade Coleman) 6’6- Coleman is a knockdown shooter and has NBA range. With his size, Coleman gets his short off easily against defenders. The talented wing showed against Arizona Power Elite that when his shot is not falling he can take the ball to the basket. Coleman also runs the floor well and has good court vision. Coleman is still awaiting his first offer.

Greenwood Elite/Gladstone (Reece Castor) 6’5- Castor is a cold blooded assassin on the hardwood. Like Coleman, Castor is a knockdown shooter. But, when Castor gets on a roll there is not much that a defender can do. He torched Arizona Power Elite hitting three triples and getting to the rack. The Gladstone guard has an speedy release and is a very smart player. Castor hold one offer from Northern Michigan and also hold a lot of interest from schools at the D1/D2 level.