Written by: Tippy Mcternan
In addition to the Final Four of the Junior Pros Fall 2008 season, last Sunday's action at Jefferson High School included a pair of All-Star games for the top 7th and 8th grade players in the tournament.
Jason Boswell (LI Lightning) took MVP honors in the 8th-grade game, scoring 20 points with 7 assists while leading his Orange squad to a 90-85 victory over the White team. Also starring for the Orange were Shaquille Davis (Assassins) with 20 points, Jonathan Severe (Lightning) with 14 points and 9 rebounds, and championship game MVP Jordan Washington (Panthers) with 8 points and 12 boards. For the White, Isaiah Louis (Assassins) was the Sportsmanship winner with a game-high 24 points, Chris Regus (C-3 Elite) had 18 points and 6 rebounds, and Ethan Telfair (Assassins) recorded a game-high 6 assists.
The 7th-grade game saw the Navy team hold off Sky Blue 78-73 behind MVP Isaiah Wilkerson (Assassins) with 27 points and 16 rebounds, Tyrone Johnson (Brooklyn Ballers-B) with 5 three's among his 17 points and 5 assists, and Taquan Givens (Gauchos) with 12 points and 5 assists. Sky Blue received 5 three's and 20 points from Sportsmanship winner Malachi Richardson (Gauchos), while Gaucho teammate Chris Robinson added 13 points and Chris Davis (Underrated) added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Prior to the game, Chris Davis received a special custom-made trophy (with his name and uniform number on the figurine) for being selected as Academic MVP for the Junior Pros 2008 Fall Season. Others honored on the All-Academic First Team, all with averages of 92 or better, were Matthew Xie (C-3 Elite), Elijah Torres (NJ Pirates), Jashanti Allen (Starrett City) and Chaz Watler (Brooklyn Ballers-A).
Selected to the All-Tournament First Team were Jordan Washington (Panthers), Jonathan Severe (LI Lightning), Jaq-uan Lynch (New Heights-Red), Terrance Samuels (Brooklyn Ballers-A) and Shaquille Davis (Assassins).