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Georgia's Elite 8

11/12/2018, 9:00am EST
By Horace Neysmith

Edward's and Cooper shine in finale

McEachern HS and A.O.T Basketball Club Hosted Georgia’s Elite8, one of biggest and highly anticipated events to start the 2018-19 Basketball Season in Georgia. The fans got treated to a full day of basketball, closing with over 4,000 fans to see the feature game, McEacherm vs Holy Spirit…the Culture of Basketball is alive in the Peach State.

The event showcased some of the top teams in the state, featuring some its top players including Anthony Edwards (Holy Spirit), Sharife Cooper (McEachern), Isaac Okoro (McEachern), Elias King (Lincoln Academy), Dwon Odom (St. Francis), Charles Smith III (Wheeler), Roscoe Eastmond (Wheeler), sophomore Rafael Pinzon (Lincoln Academy), Ahmir Langlais (Holy Spirit), freshman Dillon Hunter (Westlake), Chase Hunter (Westlake), Jamir Chaplin (Meadowcreek), Damian Dunn (Meadowcreek), Malachi Rhodes (Wheeler),sophomore Bretner Mutombo (Lincoln Academy), Jared Jones (McEachern), Brandon Suggs (Massanutten Military), Jalen Benjamin (Meadowcreek), Quincy Olivari (Westlake),sophomore Kendrick Green (Meadowcreek), Tony Johnson (TSF), sophomore Frank Anselem (Lincoln Academy), Christian Wright (TSF), Dereon Seaborn (Massanutten-VA), Jordan Meka (Mt. Bethel), Mark Freeman (TSF), freshman Jalen Carruth (Lincoln Academy), Ebenezer Dowouna (Heritage), Lance Terry (Heritage), Kasen Jennings (Heriatge) but with the lights on full tilt in the feature game none shined as brightly as Anthony “Ant Man” Edwards and Sharife Cooper when the curtain went up.

In a 75-72 loss to national powerhouse McEachern HS, a team that features nationally ranked players in Sharife Cooper, Isaac Okoro and Jared Jones, Edward’s the top player regardless of class, put on a Show but Cooper made the closing comments.

Edward’s possesses a full menu of skills and a controlled explosiveness that is next level.His ability to break down defenders with a smooth and fluid handle opens up defenders for his array of fade away jumpers, floaters, long distance three pointers and high rise aerial attacks at the rim. He finished with 31 points which was no easy task when guarded by Isaac Okoro, one of the country’s top defenders.

Not to be out done, with a masterful 4th quarter outburst was Sharife Cooper.  Cooper, one of the top point guards in the country, scored 18 points in the second Half including a spurt of nine straight points in the final three minutes of the game to close out the win. Cooper’s ability to create off high ball screen action, create switches and make the right decision is Kyreeesque, but with his own unique style and movement.

The Culture of Basketball was on display Saturday night and is alive and well in Georgia.  When you think of the capacity Crowd at the 2018 McDonalds All-American Game at Philips Arena, record crowds at Ice Cubes BIG 3 Basketball Event this past Summer, the UnderClassman All-American Game featuring the nation’s top freshmen and sophomores, AEBL Pro-Am and the cities luminaries that showed up to McEachern last night, it’s quite evident that Georgia has a thirst for the game. Stay tuned, more to come in the coming months.

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