Champions' Size and Experience Too Much For Stars & Stripes


By: Patrick Ronan | @pk_ronan

5'5" Boykins and 7'6" Ndiaye Too Much For Stars & Stripes

The combo of 5’5” Earl Boykins and 7’6” Mamadou Ndiaye grabs people’s attention for obvious reasons, but don’t forget that these guys can hoop.

They firmly reminded everyone of that Saturday night, as the Champions wrapped up the first day of the Jamboree with an 89-80 win over Stars & Stripes. Boykins led the way on offense for Champions with 28 points (9-20 FG), six assists and four rebounds in 30 minutes. Ndiaye finished with an efficient 10 points and six rebounds in just 10 minutes of action.

Champions shot 63.3% from the field in the first half – more than double the percentage of Stars & Stripes (31.4%) – to take a commanding 47-30 lead into halftime.

The second half stayed a double-digit game most of the way, but credit Stars & Stripes for playing until the final bucket. They outscored Champions 50-42 in the second half and proved they more than deserved to be out there with a team led by a 13-season NBA veteran.

Chris Shovlin was huge for Stars & Stripes – dropping 27 points (9-17), seven rebounds and five assists. Dave Januzzi looked good on the offensive end too, adding 18 points on 7-12 shooting, but the size and experience of Champions was overwhelming.

Despite the comfortable win, there are definitely some areas of improvement for Champions before they take on Silver Spring’s Willows Runners tomorrow at 4:15 p.m. (Live on WatchESPN) for a spot in TBT2017. The biggest of which will be three-point shooting, as they shot just 15.4% (4-26) from downtown. 

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