The last game on schedule for Sunday’s Championship in the Basketball Spotlight Tip off Classic was between Slam City Elite from Maryland and team IZOD from New Jersey. Early on, Slam City Elite controlled the tempo and score with solid passing and stellar defense. Slam City used their size to effectively protect the rim, making it difficult for team IZOD to score in the paint, especially when 6’3 Isaiah Todd for Slam City Elite was in the game. His length alone altered many shots and allowed him to get 2 blocks to go along with his 7 points for the game.
There were some offensive bright spots for IZOD. Their leading scorers’ forward (number 10) was very aggressive going to the rim scoring 10 points, along with guard (number 24) who also contributed 12 points of his own and had a very strong second half. He showed high basketball IQ and made good decisions, which kept his team in the game.
Even with a bit of sloppy play early on, and a few questionable calls by the referees; the first half of the game was solid when both teams settled in and clamped down. Going into halftime, Slam City Elite was up 27 to 20.
In the second half, Team IZOD jumped out to a great start with an 8-0 run. All was well for IZOD until they seemingly forgot to guard young sensation Zion Harmon. He knocked down a big 3-point shot and changed the momentum for Slam City. Harmon went 6 for 7 from deep downtown and was able to cease any big run that team IZOD attempted to bring.
Towards the end of the game team IZOD fought back and were able to tie the with 1 minute left at 43 a piece. With less than 10 seconds to go, Slam City Elite had possession of the ball and get it into the hands of their playmaker Zion Harmon. Harmon was able to shake off some tough defense and finish on a floater off the glass with 3 seconds remaining. That would result in the game winning field goal. Both teams fought hard and played well but in the end, Slam City Elite walked away victorious with a 45-43 win in an exciting fashion.