It was an electric atmosphere for two great games on deck out in Lincolnton (NC), as YNG Dreamerz and Rolling Loud brought some of the top talent around the country to one building. Both teams were in attack mode early on and looking to play their style of game, with YNG taking the early 24-19 first-quarter lead. Shots were falling outside from outside, while Rolling Loud was showcasing its size and athleticism in getting downhill. Rolling Loud started to get things going more offensively, blending their ability to attack but also knock down shots. But if you know how YNG Dreamerz like to play, shots will fly from the outside and they did, as it helped them hold onto a lead heading into halftime, 45-41.
YNG Dreamerz was able to maintain its narrow lead throughout the third quarter, as Eli Ellis continued to knock down shots while others helped. But Rolling Loud was right there to strike behind Naasir Cunningham, Miles Goodman, and Larry Johnson, finding themselves down 61-57 after three.
In the fourth quarter, the stars started to rise up for Rolling Loud and they were eventually able to regain the narrow lead but it looked to be a battle throughout the quarter between these two teams. We ended up trading baskets with under two minutes to go. Coming down to the final minute, that is when Eli Ellis stepped up one more time, hitting multiple big threes to give YNG the narrow lead late. Rolling Loud had a chance but YNG was able to knock down late free throws and secure the 91-87 victory.
Final: YNG Dreamerz 91 – Rolling Loud 87
YNG: Eli Ellis 44pts/ Don Lewis 11pts, Isaac Ellis 7pts
Rolling: Larry Johnson 22pts, Miles Goodman 17pts, Naasir Cunningham 16pts
2025 Eli Ellis (YNG): What else can you say about this young man; he is one of my favorite players to watch and it is easy to see why because this young man takes every hit and bounces right back. When the bright lights are on, he elevates his play even more. He is tremendous in finding ways to create his shot and he doesn’t need much space or time to make that happen, while also displaying strong handles, terrific pace and change of direction, and playmaking skills.
2024 Larry Johnson (RL): Johnson came right out of the gate in showing what he was looking to do, as he was consistently attacking, getting into the paint, and displaying tremendous athleticism on the court. Johnson was able to really attack and finish at the rim through contact and over defenders, while also using that body control and bounce to attack the boards as well.
2024 Naasir Cunningham (RL): Regarded as one of the premier players in the country, it is easy to see why he was a target for so many and why he has a chance to flourish in the SEC. The 6’7 long and athletic prospect is a knockdown shooter, elevating over defenders with ease from all three levels. Cunningham excels with his skill set and shot-making and should fit in well at the next level.