Looking at the two teams warm up before the first Final Four game of the day, one would probably expect Team Nashville to get annihilated by The Ville in the AAU Final Four. Team Nashville wasn’t big or flashy and didn’t have a bunch of D1 prospects. Furthermore, many of their games were nail biters. Whereas, The Ville beat their opponents by an average of 22 points and had a stacked roster of big, athletic players. However, during the first half, Team Nashville gave The Ville all they wanted: pressuring on defense, coming up with steals and hitting the open three. Although, as the game continued, The Ville’s effort and athleticism wore Team Nashville down. The Ville advanced to the Championship Game, winning 62 to 46.
The first play of the game was not a good sign of things to come for Team Nashville. Raymond Spalding had a block party with Nashville’s first shot. However, Nashville kept coming and Tripp Davis came up with two consecutive steals to get the momentum going for his team. Jax Levitch scored first for the game with a three-pointer from the elbow. Great defense by Nashville’s Yalen Reed on Spalding kept Nashville in the game the first quarter. Nashville’s Jylen Washington had an electric dunk tip to excite the fans. William Alexander added a three with just 30 seconds left in the quarter, pulling his team within one.
The second quarter was just as tight of a game as the first. Nashville’s Davis would connect on an “and 1” opportunity. The Ville’s Brandon Johnson answered with five straight points of his own. Nashville was down two when Davis scored another bucket and a foul shot. The Ville’s Johnson returned serve with a three at the buzzer. The halftime score was 32-27 The Ville.
The Ville’s transition offense picked up, which increased its lead. After two quick buckets to open the second half, Team Nashville called a timeout to stop the Ville’s momentum. While Raymond Spalding had a quiet game scoring, his teammate Will Parker led the game finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Midway through the quarter, The Ville went on a 7-2 run. During this time, Johnson hit a three off a steal at the buzzer to give the Ville its largest lead at 48 to 32.
Brandon Johnson was able to get the rim with ease in the fourth quarter and finished with 18 points as the Vile beat Nashville. Final score 62 to 46, The Ville.