HAYWARD, Calif. -
Miles Simon has played, coached and analyzed basketball at just about the highest level.
So when he said that his California Supreme Elite AAU squad played "great" at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League
Sunday he wasn't blowing smoke.
The Supreme Elite had no trouble handing a red hot All Ohio Red squad 68-54 behind 22 points from
, 15 by Nigel Williams-Goss
and 14 from Parker-Jackson Cartwright
California made a sizzling 29 of 45 shots (64 percent), turned the ball over just eight times and got eight assists by Cartwright, a 5-foot-9 sophomore from Loyola (Los Angeles).
Matthews, a 6-3 junior from Santa Monica HS, made 9 of 12 field goals including both of his 3-point attempts as the Supreme Elite were in control throughout, thanks to some stingy defense that allowed just 37 percent shooting by Ohio, which got 18 points by Nigel Hayes
. No one else scored more than six.
"Defensively we definitely played great," Simon said. "We got a lot of stops. We gave them no easy shots. Basically we rose to the level of competition. Ohio is an excellent team and they were one game ahead of us but we knew what was on the line."
The Supreme finished off play on Monday picking up where it left off with a 64-52 win over Alabama Challenge as promising 6-9 post Marcus Lee
had a season-high 17 points to go along with six rebounds. Williams-Goss, the Findlay Prep standout, added 12 points and six assists.
Lee, a rangy and athletic post from Deer Valley whose stock is rising rapidly, has great upside according to Simon. "He has a great future," he said. "He just needs to get a little stronger. His shot-blocking ability is off the charts. He has a great basketball IQ. He's a great passer. If he develops a strong face-up game, the sky's the limit."
Simon would know. He led Arizona to a national college championship in 1997, played a couple of years in the NBA, coached at Arizona and is currently on the payroll at ESPN as an analyst.
His take on Williams-Goss? "He's just a winner. He's so tough and so multi-dimensional. He's the best perimeter defender we have. He rebounds. He's smarts. He helps us win a lot of games with all his basketball skills."
The Supreme doesn't have the top-100 Division I talent as some of the other teams, but they are constructed to win. They have a lot of good moving parts.
It wouldn't be a big shock if they competed seriously for the EYBL title at the Peach Jam in South Carolina in July.
Los Angeles (16-4) finished tied for first place in Division C with Ohio Red but captured the regular season title due to Sunday's head-to-head win. Ohio Red came back on Monday with an equally impressive 66-48 win over ICP Elite 48 behind 24 more points and eight rebounds by Hayes. Maurice O'Field added 14 and Zach Denny 11.
Team Texas Titans (15-5), led by No. 4 2013 recruit Julius Randle
, coming off a big win over Jabari Parker
-led Mac Irvin (14-6), finished third in the division. CP3 and E1T1 also finished 14-6 and advance to the playoffs. MORE STANDINGS:
In Division D, CIA Bounce went only 3-3 at the Hayward venue but still emerged the division champion and with the best record in the league at 17-3. A whopping seven teams advanced from the division: Mean Streets-Ill. (15-5), Houston Hoops (15-5), Boo Williams-Va. (13-7), Oakland Soldiers-Calif. (13-7), Baltimore Elite (12-8) and Howard Pulley-Minn. (11-9).
Division A champion was Team United-N.C. (14-6) followed by teams that advanced: Arkansas Wings (13-7), Team Final-Pa. (12-8), BABC-Ma. (11-9) and Wisconsin Playground (10-10).
Division B champion was Indy Spiece (13-7), followed by advancing teams Team Takeover-D.C. (12-8), NJ Playaz (12-8), the Family-MI (12-8), Mokan Elite-Kan. (11-9) and Bluff City Legends-Tenn. (11-9). SUPERSTAR WATCH:
Three of the top four players expected to go in the 2014 NBA draft had mixed results throughout the tournament.
Parker didn't rebound well from his team's loss to the Titans as he made just 2 of 14 shots and scored 10 points in a 64-57 loss to CP3, which got 14 points apiece from Reggie Dillard
and Theo Pinson
Parker, who just donned the cover of Sports Illustrated, which called him the best prep player since LaBron James, made just 28 of 82 shots (34 percent) in the six games (three wins) and averaged a pedestrian 13.6 points per game. Andrew Wiggins
, considered the top sophomore in the country, a 6-7 wing from Huntington Prep
(Va.), had two 30-point games but rested most of one game because of a sore hip and didn't score. In the four games he played – CIA won one game by forfeit – he made 33 of 56 shots (59 percent), made just 23 of 42 free throws (54 percent) and averaged 24.5 points.
Randle had the most impressive numbers and got to the free throw line as frequent as Karl Malone. He made 36 of 59 shots (61 percent), a whopping 49 of 63 free throws (77 percent) and averaged 20.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. KEEP AN EYE ON:
Team Final (Pa.) boasts four of the top 57 players in the country from the class of 2013 in Rondae Jefferson
(No. 19), Austin Colbert
(No. 37), Jaren Sina
(47) and Davon Reed
(57), but don't forget about 6-6 wing B.J. Johnson
(Lower Merion) and 6-8 Dominique Reid
(Timber Creek, N.J.).
Johnson and Reid had 13 points apiece and were extremely active in a 65-64 comeback win over the St. Louis Eagles. Reid made the game-winning shot with three seconds left when he picked up a loose ball and made a tough contested interior shot. "That's not how we exactly drew it up," he admitted. "I found myself with the ball and I had to do something with it."
The duo combined for just three points the following game, a tournament-ending 69-63 loss to the Georgia Stars who got 22 points from Antonio Davis Jr.
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