Back in May, SEBL 17U and Coach Tony Edwards won the Inaugural Reebok Showdown Championship by defeating Team Loaded by the score of 73-67. However, one of the tournament’s most exciting games came in the semi-finals when 6’3 2013 J.T. Miller drained a last second 3 pointer as SEBL pulled off the 68-66 win over Upward Stars. Be sure to check out our write up from the tournament.
Fast forward to the July “live period” and one of the most exciting games at the Fab48 came in Super Pool play when SEBL stunned Texas Select 17U by a last second 3 pointer by J.T. Miller. SEBL trailed Texas Select and Emmanuel Mudiay by the score of 66-64. Just like in the semi-final game against Upward Stars at the Reebok Showdown, it was the athletic 6’3 WG J.T. Miller providing the heroics once again as he knocked down the winning 3 pointer with 1.6 seconds. This win enabled SEBL to win Pool G with an 3-0 record, but in speaking with Coach Dwight Miller, a lot of the credit goes to NC Phenom 150 Alum 6’2 Jalen Jones with his outstanding job defending consensus top 5 player in the 2014 class PG Emmanuel Mudiay to just 6 points.
Be sure to check out Jalen Jones crazy dunk at Fab48:
Las Vegas, NV
Team overall record (FAB 48)
Day # 1 : SEBL 17U (NC) 55 vs. Prodigy Elite 17U (CA) 43
Day # 2 : SEBL 17U (NC) 64 vs. Nevada Wildcats 17u (NV) 50
Day # 2 : SEBL 17U (NC) 67 vs. Texas Select 17u (TX) 66
Day # 3 : SEBL 17U (NC) 59 vs. Team Philly 17u (PA) 47
Sweet 16 Bracket Play
Day # 4 : SEBL 17U (NC) 43 vs. New York Rens 17U (NY) 55
The story line for the SEBL can be summed up in one word, “balance.” SEBL 17U played well as a team and used it’s balanced scoring attack throughout the Fab48 Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leading the way for SEBL was 6’3 J.T. Miller with 10.8 PPG and shot a blistering 65% from the floor and 45% from the 3 point line. 6’8 2013 Donovan Gilmore joined the team for the July live period and his presence was immediately felt. The strong and powerful PF averaged 10 PPG while 5’11 2013 PG Darryl Davender averaged 9.6 PPG and shot 70% from the floor. 6’8 2013 PF/C Tyrek Coger enjoyed a solid and stellar spring/summer evaluation period. He was named the MVP of the Inaugural Reebok Showdown Championship and continued with averaging 8.8 PPG while 6’8 combo forward Donte Reynolds averaged 7.6 PPG. Rounding out the scoring for SEBL was Jalen Jones with 5.4 PPG, Keyseen Hinton with 2.4 PPG, Shane Whitfield with 2 PPG, Josh Dawson 1.4 PPG and David Caraher with 1 PPG.
SEBL 17U won the four games by an 9.75 average per game, but felt a little short for in bracket play against a very talented NY Rens 17U team by the score of 55-43. Overall, SEBL faced tremendous adversity during the July evaluation period playing without Head Coach Tony Edwards and PG Waymond Wright who was out with a knee injury. Without question, it was a successful and challenging first year for Coach Dwight Miller’s SEBL team and organization.