by Tamara Brown, recruit757
Team Loaded VA 17U faced off against D1 Minnesota in their Adidas Uprising Summer
Championship debut. Loaded started off slow only shooting 38 percent from the field while D1 Minnesota shot just under 50 percent.
“I think we came out pretty slow, that’s a bad habit we have as a team coming out slow and then once our feet get under us we play as a team and we play solid, but we could have played a little better,” said Blue Ridge Standout, Aamir Simms.
D1 Minnesota opened the second half with a four point lead but after consecutive scoring possessions for Mastadi Pitt and a three pointer by KJ Davis, the game was tied at 37.
“There is no I in team and nobody believes in that on this team, so I think when we all come
together as a fist we are the best team in the Adidas Circuit,” said Simms.
The two tied at least seven times in the final seven minutes of the game before D1 Minnesota
pulled away following continuous turnovers by Team Loaded.
While Team Loaded VA fell short to D1 Minnesota 74-68, they outrebounded them 36-31 and
committed less turnovers in the defeat. Cristo Rey Jesuit’s Jericho Sims finished with a double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds, to
lead all scorers.
Carlisle’s Rasir Bolton also had 12 points in the contest and Blue Ridge Rising Senior, Aamir
Simms had a stellar game and went 56 from the field with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Dave McCormack succeeded Simms with 8 points and 3 rebounds.
“Playing with this guy is a different relationship, he’s like a brother. He’s good with the inside-out, I know if I get doubled I trust him with the ball to finish and vice versa,” said Norfolk Academy Class of 2018 athlete, Dave McCormack.
Succeeding the game at the Cashman Center, the 17s went to play a showcase game at the
NY2LA Sports Summer Showdown against California Supreme EYBL.
The EYBL team usually features top 2017 athlete, DeAndre Ayton, but he didn’t attend the event.
Team Loaded VA bounced back from their first loss and rolled past California Supreme 71-56.