NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — An overflow crowd of more than 120 college head coaches and assistants packed a small gymnasium here Wednesday afternoon to watch Team Takeover’s summer-league basketball win streak of more than 30 games come to an end.
In an emotionally charged and controversial game, the Georgia Stars rallied to win, 62-61, in pool-play action of the Nike EYBL Finals Peach Jam.
Team Takeover led throughout the second half until Marcus Hunt’s layup tied the score with less than a minute to play. With 2.2 seconds left, Takeover’s Jerami Grant (DeMatha) was forced to foul Jaron Blossomgame, who otherwise had an uncontested layup. Blossomgame made the second of two free throws. Takeover had one final chance, but sharp-shooter Patrick Holloway (Paul VI Catholic) missed a three-pointer.
Team Takeover Coach Keith Stevens took issue with the fact that, he said, an official called a technical foul on Tony Parker of the Georgia Stars and then waved it off during the game. Stevens also said there was an issue with the number of fouls called on Parker in the game vs. how many were assessed to Parker in the official scoring book.
Team Takeover won this event last season. Before Wednesday’s loss, team personnel said they felt this year’s team was better.
“They don’t have the best talent overall here,” said one ACC assistant, who requested anonymity. “But Keith does such a great job coaching. They are tough, they play very hard.”
According to Rivals.com’s top 150, DeMatha’s James Robinson (56th), Grant (61st) and Adala Moto (128th) all rank among the best seniors-to-be nationally. Beejay Anya (DeMatha) is ranked as the nation’s 16th-best junior-to-be, according to Rivals.com.
Anya scored a team-high 13 points Wednesday.
College coaches bounce from event to event this week as they scout prospects during the first 10-day session of July’s evaluation period.
After Wednesday’s game, Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon left to catch another event in Milwaukee.
UPDATE: Change of plans. Turgeon did not head to Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Among those with local ties who watched Team Takeover play Tuesday night were Georgetown’s John Thompson III, Turgeon, George Mason Coach Paul Hewitt, George Washington Coach Mike Lonergan and Miami Coach (former George Mason Coach) Jim Larranaga.