By: Kurtis Alston
The Reebok Crossover Holiday Showcase was hosted by NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson at his high school alma mater Bethel High School in the Allen Iverson Gymnasium. In 2015 Iverson held his first Showcase for the high school boy’s basketball teams in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area.
This year the showcase was held on December.23 with the first game starting at noon with ranked Kempsville taking on Jamestown. Kempsville defeated Jamestown by twenty-two, a final score of 88-66. Following the Kempsville versus Jamestown game, number three ranked Oscar Smith played Granby. Smith showed why they are the third-ranked team outscoring Granby by 43 points. The MVP of that game was Leroy Hamilton, whoscored 25 points, seven steals, and 5 assists. That final score was Oscar Smith 80, Granby 37.
Number 4 rank Maury defeated number 13 rank Hampton by 12 points, 59-47. Brian Alexander, the game MVP, finished with 18 points while grabbing four rebounds. Two other players scored in double digits, Sey Jones with 12 points, and Cameron Jones almost had a double-double, scoring 10 points and hauling in eight rebounds. In the last game of the night, the nail-bitter, number 5 ranked Bethel defeated number 10 ranked Norview in triple overtime, 53-52.
The Bruins pulled this one out at home behind Smiley Faulks’ 20 points, three rebounds, and three steals. Team-mate Josh Askew finished the game with 14 points seven-rebound and two steals.