Saturday, March 31, 2012

Live Ice Breaker Highlights: Flat Elite Defeats Stampede 16u

It is no secret that we ABR contributors are huge fans of the players and coaches of Flat Elite and the Southern Stampede 16u teams.  So we hated to know that, after each team started pool play with a 2-0 record, one of these teams had to lose its third and final pool game.  But the good news was always that each team will advance to bracket play.  So this game was always mostly about seeding, but probably at least partially about pride and bragging rights.

After establishing a 17-6 first quarter lead, Flat Elite yielded some of that advantage before halftime, and went to the break leading 27-23.  And after the Stampede tied the game at 57 late in the 4th quarter, TJ Shepperd's basket gave his Flat Elite team the win and the pool's first seed.

In addition to being an entertaining game, this matchup between a local team trying to prove itself (Flat Elite) and a regional powerhouse (Stampede 16u) will likely pay huge dividends to each group during the coming season.  The Southern Stampede proved they can come back from a significant deficit against an older team, and Flat Elite proved it can make the needed plays to beat a very talented team.

Enjoy the set of highlights below!

Flat Elite 1st Half Highlights

Flat Elite 2nd Half Highlights

Southern Stampede 16u Full Game Highlights

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