Las Vegas: Day 4 Recaps

New Jersey Play 59  New Orleans D-1 Ambassadors Elite 55   (Las Vegas Fab 48)
Every great ride comes to an end.  After falling behind by 19 points in the first 7 minutes of the game, the New Orleans D-1 Ambassadors Elite scratched and clawed their way back to narrowly lose to the New Jersey Playaz in the Elite 8 of the Las Vegas Fab 48.
2012 6’7″ Ricardo Gathers continued to wow high majors as he had 14 points and 12 rebounds in his performance in front of most every high major from the East Coast as well as the SEC.  Gathers has already been offered by USC, California, Virginia and of course, LSU.  LSU head man, Trent Johnson was on hand for 4 of the New Orleans D-1 games as he’s courting both Gathers and his 2012 mate, Javan Felix.
Old school & new school: Coach Rod Felix & 2012 PG Javan Felix
Two generations of New Orleans St. Augustine PG’s as Pops Rod, now coaches his son with the New Orleans D-1 Ambassadors Elite.  Coach Rod has State and National Championships in his pocket so one of young Javan’s goals is to lead St. Aug to a Louisiana State Title this coming season.
Texas D-1 Ambassadors-Team Josephs 69  Colorado Shining Stars 52  (Adidas Super 64)
The D-1 guards went off with outstanding shooting performances by Jacob Palacios, Adam Perez & Tommy Senioris.  Ansley Benjamin and Clark Lammert controlled the boards as they rolled to an easy victory.
TS Microsoft Zune (CA) 66Texas D-1 Ambassadors-Team Josephs  65 
Texas D-1 raced out to a 12-2 lead on hot early shooting from 2012 PG Adam Perez.  They led at the half, 34-28 but foul trouble has thinned the ranks with 2011 Clark Lammert picking up his 5th foul and having to sit with 13:00 to play. Both teams are in severe foul trouble.
2011 P 6’7″ Sterling Smoak of San Antonio Brandeis came off the bench and had several productive minutes pulling down 3 key boards and a block to push the D-1 lead back up to 10 with 5:30 remaining and both teams in the double bonus. To this point D-1 is 11-23 from the free throw line so I’m not so sure that’s a good thing.
At the buzzer, the Fresno, CA team hits a winning tip lay in to complete their comeback.  Hard to win when you shoot an unbelieveable 12-29 from the free throw line.  It’s on to Phoenix.
Adam Perez  12
Jacob Palacios 11, 5 Assists
Clark Lammert 13, 6 rebounds
Ansley Benjamin 8, 8 rebounds
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