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August 17, 2013
BROOKLYN, NY - Some of the top players in New York/New Jersey faced off against each other on Saturday morning during the Girls Showcase of the Nike Tournament of Champions at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
While the usual suspect came to play, it would be a dominant performance by Zaire O'Neil that led the Blue team to a 71-64 win.
Leading by 2 points to begin the second quarter, Georgia Tech bound O'Neil was a beast on the boards as she battled against Yazmine Belk in the paint. Between rebounding and the combined firepower of the 6'1" rising senior from Malcolm Shabazz HS (NJ) and her teammate and recent Duke commit Sierra Calhoun, the Blue team increase their lead to 42-27 at the half
In the third quarter, the Red team came alive buoyed by an offensive overload from Bianca Cuevas. The dynamic rising senior guard from Nazareth HS struggle in the first half but was hard guard and got to the foul line on a regular basis.
Cuevas received support from 6'1" Virginia commit Allyah Huland El, a rising senior from Randolph HS (NJ) as well as an overall team defensive stand. As a result, at the start of the final quarter, the Blue team only held on to a slim 7 point advantage.
The fourth quarter was filled with ohhhs and ahhh as both teams got off with crowd pleasing moves but the Red team could do no better than to exchange baskets with the Blue team. Unable to make a significant dent in their deficit due to Blue's abundance of weaponry, the Red team would eventually lose by seven in an exciting display of overall talent from both squads.
O'Neil led the Blue team with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Calhoun added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Young upstart, Jordan Augustus was also impressive, stuffing her stats with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Cuevas led the Red team with a game high 26 points, 2 assists and 5 steals with Huland El contributing 10 points and 5 rebounds and Belk dominating the paint with a game high 15 rebounds and 5 points.
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