All 40 Nike teams had one last chance to advance to the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam, as they travelled to EYBL Session #4 in Minneapolis, MN. This session featured the highly anticipated matchup between the two Nike sponsored teams from New England with traditional powerhouse BABC taking on Expressions Elite. Both teams featured Elite Week alumni, in what was a contest that definitely lived up to expectations. BABC was able to defeat Expressions Elite in overtime 55-50. Both BABC and Expressions qualified to compete in the Peach Jam in July.
Terance Mann – 6’5″, Guard, BABC – Mann finished his first regular season playing in the EYBL averaging 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal per game, while shooting an efficient 44% from the field. Mann played in all 18 contest for BABC with 9 starts. Mann saw his role increase throughout the regular season, starting 9 of the teams last 13 games, while playing 25 minutes per contest. Mann reached double figures scoring 4 times, including a 21 point performance against the St. Louis Eagles during Session #1 in LA.
Bruce Brown – 6’4″, Guard, BABC – Brown gained valuable experience playing in his first EYBL. Brown finished the regular season averaging 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal per game. Brown’s numbers don’t fully reflect his value to the team, as Brown does all the little things to help a team win, including a tip in to force overtime in a win over fellow New England squad Expressions Elite. Brown finished with 2 starts during the regular season, and scored an EYBL career high 11 points in Session #4 against Texas Pro.
Chris Baldwin – 6’8″, Forward, Expressions Elite – Baldwin was a late addition to the Expressions Elite EYBL squad due to injury, but made the most of his first EYBL experience. Baldwin made his EYBL debut during Session #2 in Hampton, VA, and finished the season appearing in 9 games. Baldwin averaged 3.4 points, and 2 rebounds per game, while shooting an impressive 52% from the field. Baldwin scored an EYBL career high 9 points in Session #3 against Albany Cit Rocks.Nike EYBL Session #4 – BABC Results Game #1: BABC 55, Expressions Elite 50 (OT) Game #2: BABC 41, Albany City Rocks 42 Game #3: BABC 42, Texas Pro 38 Game #4: BABC 49, Mokan Elite 55 Game #5: BABC 56, Team Final 64 Nike EYBL Session #4 – Expressions Elite Results Game #1: Expressions Elite 50, BABC 55 (OT) Game #2: Expressions Elite 48, Mokan Elite 63 Game #3: Expressions Elite 63, Team Final 68 Game #4: Expressions Elite 61, Meanstreets 52 Game #5: Expressions Elite W, Team Takeover L (forfeit) Peach Jam Qualifiers: Division A Spiece Indy Heat: 15-3 Oakland Soldiers: 10-8 St. Louis Eagles: 10-8 Jackson Tigers: 8-10 California Supreme: 7-11 Division B CP3 All-Stars: 15-3 Team Penny: 11-7 Boo Williams: 11-7 New York Lightning: 11-7 Team Texas Elite: 10-8 Division C Team Takeover: 16-2 Houston Hoops: 16-2 Expressions Elite: 13-5 Meanstreets: 12-6 Mokan Elite: 11-7 Division D E1T1: 13-5 Howard Pulley Panthers: 12-6 Mac Irvin Fire: 11-7 All Ohio Red: 10-8 The Travelers: 9-9 Wild Card Bids BABC: 11-7 Team Final: 11-7 Texas Titans: 10-8 Team Scan: 10-8