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2016 MBL: Week One Stand Out Players

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On Sunday, at Lausanne Collegiate School, the first day of 2016 MBL was off to a great start. All of the coaches and players were pumped and ready to go. Nowhere else in the Mid-south could you find 12 games, 4 different divisions ranging from middle school girls, middle school boys, and high school boys played all in one day! All the players did a great job, but here are a few players that stood out on Sunday.

Week One Stand Out Players

13937796_1196786043717174_2110328270468143645_o Lyric Cole, C, Team Mercury- Strickland:  Cole has a long wingspan that gives her the ability to grab rebounds almost off the rim. Lyric was able to clean up missed shots and was able to convert offensive boards into points for her team. Cole scored 16 points in her game with 13 rebounds and 4 steals.

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DSC_0490Kennedy Claybrooks, SG, Team Lynx-Jones: 5’4″ Claybrooks has super-fast reflexes and great ball handling skills. Kennedy used her quickness and size to attack the rim. She shot the ball well from behind the three-point line. Claybrooks was a key factor in their 39-20 win over team Sparks-Fleet.

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14067755_1196799990382446_4640388475991734359_o-2Mallory Taylor, PG, Team Liberty-Mason: 5’5″ Taylor has good size for her position with good ball handling skills. She was able sliced through the defense, making her way to the goal. Mallory doesn’t shy away from contact and was able to it make to the free throw line often. Her week 1 stats, 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 steals.

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Braylen Ragland, SG, Team Cavs-Hood: With 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks Ragland was determined to play his best when he was out on the court. Braylen made his living on the offensive boards, in which he was able to convert for easy scores.

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Kody Hickerson, PG, Team Griz- Jones: Kody lived up to his point guard titled. Hickerson was determined on the defensive side of the ball to make steals and to convert those steals into making buckets for his team. He has speed, a nose for the ball, and score with ease.

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Jelani Willis, SG, Team Nets- Franklin: The 5’11 player had to play two games on Sunday, but that didn’t seem to hinder him in the slightest. His first game we saw a taste of what Willis could do, but unfortunately the Nets were defeated by the Spurs. All that changed during his second game when Willis unleashed his true potential on the court. With 19 points and 14 rebounds Willis was on a mission his second go around.

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Eli Federman, PG, Team Knicks-Draper: Eli scored 18 points, demonstrating his ball handling skills and great passes throughout the game. It was easy to see that Federman was making the right decisions on how to handle each play; especially syncing up with his team mate #3 Harold Draper III. Those two were collectively making great plays and assists to ensure their team’s victory.

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Ashton Smith, PG, Team Oregon-J. Brown: This point guard was very consistent with making his shots. If a teammate passed the ball to Smith, they often did, he didn’t disappoint them making sure his shots went through with an easy flick of his wrist. With 20 points coming from him in this game, it’s easy to see that Smith knows how to shoot the ball. Smith is for sure a sharp shooter.

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Ethan Jones, PF, Team Kansas- Marsh: Ethan “The Rebound King” Jones, is what we all saw during Sundays game. It seemed every time that the ball might not have gone through the basket Jones was right there waiting to either pop it back up or pass it out to his waiting team mate. Jones delivered a great performance, but sadly Kansas was defeated by Syracuse. Jones had 18 rebounds; more than any other player in his division.

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The MBL will be back in action on Sunday at Lausanne Collegiate School. For schedules for upcoming games and more information please visit our website http://mbl.majorprepsports.com/

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