The Stage: Encore and NorCal Live had a combined 60 talented teams that came to compete. It took place at OGP Ladera Ranch and OGP Oakland, both venues had an exceptional energy that started from the first tip off to the last buzzer. The electric atmosphere at both venues created a great experience for participants and spectators alike. Both events featured strong teams in a great series that showed off the talent in youth basketball tournaments.
The 6’0” guard Giovanni Tubbs helped his CA Gold squad as he averaged 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals per game. His statline and impressive play all weekend helped earn him MVP honors. He was a big reason why they went undefeated against some good teams at the Stage Encore. His leadership with his team was a big reason why they came out on top all four games.
The 16U division had good talent all around but one that stood out the most was Salt Lake Metro. They went 4-0 on the weekend and were led by MVP Isaiah Beh who is a 6’3” guard that averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 three per game at the Stage Encore. His ability to put the ball in the basket but also lead on the defensive end is what made him MVP this weekend.
OGP Anaheim Adidas Gold had some tough battles this weekend as 3 out of their 4 games were won by 8 or less points. MVP and 6’4” guard Christian Harris was the go-to guy as he averaged 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists per game at the Stage Encore. Harris provided scoring game in and game out but his ability to crash the boards was even more impressive.
In the 15U division, 6’2” shooting guard Braylon Franklin “The Right Way Academy” to an undefeated weekend which helped lead him to earning MVP honors. Franklin finished the tournament with 15 points per game and 6 rebounds per game.
MVP Jabez Rubio started off the showcase with a solid 24 points and 5 steals to beat a good Infinite squad 79-71. Team Hustle and Rubio then went on to go undefeated at the Stage in NorCal. Rubio finished with an impressive statline of 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals a game. One other impressive all tournament player was David Balogun from San Jose Dubs who averaged a double double of 24 points and 13 rebounds per game.
Raymond Whitley led the way for his SF Work Hard Play Hard squad as they finished with a 4-0 record. The 6’2” guard was putting on a scoring clinic as he averaged 20 points per game (2 threes per game) and 3 rebounds per game. He earned MVP honors with his expressed confidence game in and game out and his ability to lead with scoring.