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Mark Meadows Scores 34 in Jam Win
Clayton Bates Hits Game Winning Shot
June 27, 2001
Jam Basketball 13U team beat the Arkansas Rockets at Nike Gym in Memphis 74-68. Jam is now guaranteed a spot in the championship brackets starting Thursday. If they beat the St Charles Defenders today, they will play the second place team from pool V. If Jam loses today, they will play the first place team from Pool Z.
Mark Meadows showed Arkansas what other teams have learned about him. When Mark is ready to play you will have a hard time stopping him. Arkansas employed a box and one on Meadows and that player went everywhere Meadows went. They tried to rough him up with an extremely physical game which resulted in 12 team fouls in the first half alone. It still couldn't stop him. To go with his 34 points, he had double figures in rebounds and 6 steals. Late In the fourth period Meadows was tripped up on a drive to the lane and as he just as he was about to crash hard to the floor he got the shot off and it went in for two.
Meadow's play inspired the whole Jam team. Conner Isley, Jam's sixth man, had another fine game. He hit key buckets in the game to keep drives alive. Eric Hipolito was also a major contributor with key rebounds, threes and defense. Patrick Brice hit a key shot with two minutes to go to aid the victory. The Jam bench was a major contributor to this victory.
The game was tied as the fourth period was coming to a close and Jam had possession with about 30 seconds to go and no time-outs. Jam ran a play and as it broke down and time was down to 12 seconds Isley found a wide open Bates, who hit a 12 foot jumper to seal the victory. The Rockets team called a time-out only to find out they had none left. They were given a technical foul and Meadows sank the two free throws. Jam retained possession after the technical and ran out the clock.
Jam Wins First Game at Nationals
June 25, 2000
Arizona Jam won their first game in pool play today against the Massachusetts Bay State Magic at Memphis Catholic High 72 - 56. Eric Hipolito came out on fire scoring the first 8 points of the game and Jam led 8-0 early. .Bay State responded with two quick fast break "and one" baskets cutting the lead to 8-6. Jam started the game with a full court man press. Bay State handled it well. Jam decided to bring the out infamous Jam "Stretch Press". This press is one of the most unique presses in the tournament as it is not a traditional type of press. Bay State struggled initially with it, but they were a very well coached team and Bay State adjusted well.
Jam big man, Jonathan Garrett got into early foul trouble in the first half and sat most of the second period. Eric Hipolito also got his second foul early in the second period and had to sit most of that period. The bench came though and Jam lead by 11 at the half.
Jam started the second half with a 1-3-1 half court defense and quickly built the lead to 15 points. Once again Bay State would not give up and cut the Jam lead to 5. Mark Meadows took over though and scored 13 of his twenty one points in the second half. He also played smothering defense on the Bay State guards. Clayton Bates also got hot in the second half scoring 9 of his 11 points. At one point in the second half Meadows stole the ball from Bay State and started a 2 on 2 fast break. Meadows threaded the needle between two defenders with 35 foot bounce pass to Conner Isley who caught the ball and laid up a very difficult shot. It was Meadows at his best.
Jam scoring was balanced with 4 players scoring in double figures.
Jam will play the Arkansas Rockets tomorrow at Nike gym in Memphis at 6:00 pm. The Rockets lost their opening game in pool play against the Louisiana St. Charles Defenders and really are hungry for a win. They can't afford to lose against Jam if they want to advance to the championship bracket. St Charles will play the Bay State Magic just prior to the Jam game. Jam plays St Charles on Wednesday.
Jam 13U Arrives in Memphis
Jun 22, 2001
The Jam team arrived in Memphis today and is ready for the tournament to start. Sunday's schedule includes mandatory player check-in at 8:30 am at Wooddale High School Auditorium, practice at 4:40, and opening ceremonies at 7:30 pm. Our first game will be Monday at 12:20 versus the Bay State Magic from Massachusetts. Check back for more from Memphis.
Jam Basketball 13U Basketball Team to Compete in
Jam Basketball 13U travel team will compete in the AAU Nationals in Memphis Tennessee the week of June 23rd, through June 30th. The team will be making it's second trip to the AAU Nationals. Last year Jam finished with a 7-2 record and a 12th place finish out of 96 teams. The two games they lost were by 2 points and one point respectively. This year there is 124 teams competing and this tournament is definitely the grand daddy of all tournaments at the youth level.
Jam returns most of the player from last year. Mark Meadows, Clayton Bates, Eric Hipolito, Matt Ortiz, Derek Meyer, George McBride, Patrick Brice were with the team last year and will be returning. New players include 6' 2" center Jonathan Garrett, and 5' 8" guard Conner Isley. Games will start Monday morning and a game will be played each day.
The tournament starts with pool play. Each of the 31 pools has four teams for a total of 124 teams. Jam is in pool X, or the 24 seed in the tournament. Other teams in our pool include SO Louisiana Association Gold; St. Charles Defenders, Arkansas Association Bronze; Arkansas Rockets, and NE Massachusetts Association; Bay State Magic. Last year Jam played the SO Louisiana Gold team, the Mayfair Hoyas, and won by three points. So Jam expects that this Louisiana team will be just as tough. The Arkansas Rockets lost in the first round of the championship brackets last year to the Missouri Valley Association's Springfield Rockets. Jam played the Springfield Rockets last year and only won by a point. Again we expect a very good team to have to play against. The Massachusetts team was not at the Nationals last year, as far as I can tell. Jam has no idea about this team. They are possibly new to the tournament.
Jam has to finish in the top two in the pool to make it to the championship bracket. The teams that finish in the bottom two of the pool will play in the Classic Tournament. The championship brackets are double elimination. But it is not the normal championship format. Once you lose in the championship brackets you can not get back to the finals. In the AAU championship brackets, the first round losers go into a separate bracket of 30 teams that play for 8th and 13th place. The second round losers play in a bracket of 16 teams competing for 7th and 12th place. This is the bracket that Jam finished in last year. The 8 third round losers compete in a bracket for 6th and 11th place. The fourth round, or quarter finals, losers compete for 5th and 9th and 10th and 14th. I'm not sure how you can make it to the final eight teams and can get as low as 14th but that is the way they do it.
Keep up with the Jam team by checking back to the web site during the week we are at the tournament. We will publish an update from Memphis about the games played. Last year we had many people from around the Valley keeping up with the team. We hope to have the Valley's support again this year.