FRIDAY: Icebreaker 17U action
N. AUGUSTA, S.C. - The 2012 Icebreaker tipped off in fine fashion on Friday night at Riverview Park as some of the top teams locked horns and some of the top players shined in the spotlight.
STAMPEDE AND TMP IGNITE THE ICEBREAKER
If you took a walk around the top ring of the Riverview Park, you could instantly see where all of the action was on Friday night. The crowd found its way to court 1 as Southern Stampede 16 and under and Team TMP highlighted opening night.
Southern Stampede 16 and under is a collection of young talent playing up while Team TMP is rich with depth and strong on talent. The match-up was tight.
Led by the hot shooting of South Carolina native Jaryd Coleman’s 20 points, the Stampede looked strong while playing up a division. Coleman hit six threes in the first half en route to his 20 points. His hot hand help set the table for the well-earned 80-67 win.
Augusta-area star Ahmed Hill pumped in 15 points while big man Jakennen Gant scored 16 and point guard Michael Scott scored 10 to round out the Stampede.
TMP was paced by Khalil Davis, who scored 19 points. Brandon Wilkerson and Kurt James II both added 10 points each in the defeat.
FUTURE DAWG SHINES
Future Georgia Bulldog J.J. Frazier scored 14 points in a win for his South Georgia Kings over Prime Time. The 6-foot-5 multi-positional showed off an array of moves and barely broke a sweat in a back-and-forth battle.
Aaron Scott led the way with 18 points and complimented Frazier quite well. Scott, a 6-foot-5 rising senior, was aggressive to the rim and strong off the bounce. According to his coach Jesse Fleming, Scott has received interest from East Carolina and Jacksonville.
TEAM TO WATCH: SC ELITE
Tashombe Riley scored 19 points to lead SC Elite to victory in the opening game against Carolina Surge. The 6-foot-5 forward was good on the wing, fine in transition and good on the glass. He was one of the several standouts for the talented SC Elite squad. Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, Mercer, UNC Wilmington and South Carolina State have offered Riley a scholarship to date.
Austin Ajukwa, a 6-foot-5, 175-pound wing from Cardinal Newman in Columbia, S.C. shined for the SC Elite. The class of 2013 prospect did a little bit of everything in the opening game win. Virginia Tech and UNC Wilmington have offered scholarships while Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia Southern are keeping close watch on him.
Wing Matt Howard was quiet in this win but don’t sleep on him. He has offers from South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth have all offered him a scholarship.
ON TAP FOR SATURDAY
And, as always, remember you can follow all of the action on Twitter by using the hashtag #ICEBREAKER.