Wings Elite was certainly one of the better teams in the 11th grade AAU National Basketball tournament. They dominated their pool and beat their first two opponents by an average of twenty-four points. However, Wings Elite came out flat when matched up against a sharp shooting Team Nashville. Wings Elite was upset by Team Nashville and was stunned as Team Nashville advanced to the final four. Final score, 50 to 48. Team Nashville head coach, Carlton Battle “Our guys really buy into defense. We may not be as talented as some teams but we do work hard.”
Wings Elite came out like gangbusters, led by Kale Spencer’s dunk off a fast break. Spencer demonstrated intensity throughout the game on both ends of the floor. Midway through the quarter, Marquis Pointer completed an “and 1” which gave Wings Elite a 12 to 6 lead. Despite being out played in every aspect of the game, Team Nashville was only down five at the end of the quarter. Outside of two free throws, William Alexander scored all of Nashville’s points. In this quarter, Alexander connected on three straight threes from deep.
Wing’s Elite Melvin Frazier had a big dunk off a rebound. Otherwise, he was quiet, finishing with just 6 points. Attacking the basket and drawing fouls helped Wings Elite stayed in the lead. Alexander kept Nashville in the game up to this point, but he struggled getting his shot to fall. This among other things increased Wing’s Elite’s lead going into halftime.
During the first few minutes of the third quarter both teams traded baskets. Wing Elite increased the lead to ten points by converting in transition. However, with two minutes left in the quarter Wings Elite got a lackadaisical. Team Nashville capitalized on the poor play converting an 8-0 run, which cut the lead to two by the end of the quarter.
Team Nashville wasted no time taking the lead when Alexander connected on another three to open the quarter. The lead went back and forth down the stretch. Not only did Wings Elite’s Kale Spencer hit a big bucket in the fourth, he dominated the boards. Spencer finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Even still, Team Nashville’s Alexander and Tripp Davis were determined to keep the game within reach, both hitting clutch threes in the final quarter. Wings Elite scored and was up one with 47.7 second left in the game. After a missed shot attempt, Wings Elite grabbed the rebound and looked to secure the win, but was forced into a turnover. After inbounding the ball from mid court, Team Nashville’s initial plan was to get it down low, but the shot attempt was missed. The ball bounced around like a hot potato before Nashville’s Davis claimed control. He intuitively found Alexander behind the arch for a three. With 17.7 seconds left, Alexander hit the shot, giving Nashville a two-point lead and ultimately a victory over Wing’s Elite. Final score 50-48, Team Nashville.