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NIKE EYBL 2017

NIKE EYBL Los Angeles: Top Matchups

05/25/2017, 10:30am EDT
By D1 Circuit Staff

Saturday

RM5 Elite (TX) vs. Nike Phamily (CA)

These two teams have completely different things to play for in this one, but it should make for an entertaining matchup nonetheless.

RM5, led  by breakout star Tyrese Maxey (16.0 PPG) and ultra-smooth Gerald Liddell, is looking to hop off the bubble to control their own path to Peach Jam. For the Phamily and megastar Marvin Bagley III (25.1 PPG), the first win of the EYBL season is at stake.

No. 6 Cal Supreme Elite (CA) vs. City Rocks (NY)

Led by do-it-all big man Bol Bol (25.4 PPG), the Supreme features an absolutely stacked rotation that can compete with any program in the country, and they will be gunning for a top position in Peach Jam throughout the weekend in LA.

For City Rocks, a win here would not only be a huge upset based on how the two teams have fared thus far, it would go a long way in determining their Peach Jam fate.

GAME OF THE SESSION

No. 1 Howard Pulley (MN) vs. No. 3 PSA Cardinals (NY)

This could be the premier position battle of the session, with two of the top point guards in the country going at it for two of the best grassroots teams in the country.

Tre Jones (20.0 PPG), fresh off an MVP performance in Atlanta, will look to separate himself from the pack with a strong performance against PSA floor general Cole Anthony (16.3 PPG), who is not only an offensive juggernaut but a stalwart on defense.

Team Melo (MD) vs Nike Team Florida (FL)

This will be another game featuring two teams firmly planted on the bubble for the Peach Jam field.

Team Melo impressed with a very strong weekend in Atlanta, and their star Noah Locke (18.8 PPG) will have his work cut out for him going against a balanced scoring attack that is led by Vernon Carey (18.1 PPG) but has far more weapons in the arsenal.

No. 10 MeanStreets (IL) vs. Mac Irvin Fire (IL)

As the battle for Chicago moves 2,000 miles west, the stakes and goals for these two squads remain the same. However, bragging rights only tell part of the story in this matchup.

For MeanStreets, who were majorly boosted by the addition of point forward Darius Bazley, a win would put them in prime position to gain a desirable pool position come July. For Mac Irvin, any win throughout the weekend will keep their hopes alive and this one is no different.

Spiece Indy Heat (IN) vs. No. 2 All Ohio Red (OH)

This will be a battle of two strong teams with different scenarios this weekend.

While All Ohio can continue to build on their already impressive Peach Jam resume, sitting at 10-2 heading to LA, Spiece is in dire need of a win in order to stand  fighting chance of advancing. To do that, point guard Tyger Campbell will have to be huge for them.

BABC (MA) vs. Expressions Elite (MA)

The Battle for Boston moves 3,000 miles west as both of these teams will come out swinging needing a win to keep their Peach Jam hopes alive.

With their depth and experience, BABC may have the edge in this one but it will be a great game nonetheless.

No. 3 PSA Cardinals (NY) vs Playaz Club (NJ)

This game will feature plenty of good, smart, tough basketball with each of these teams hailing from the East Coast and wanting to prove themselves.

Playaz stud Jalen Carey (18.2 PPG) will have his hands full going up against Cole Anthony of PSA (16.4 PPG).

The Family Detroit (PA) vs. Team Final (PA)

In this game between EYBL blue bloods, each made a case for Peach Jam in Atlanta but now must finish up business in LA.

In fact, the loser of this game could well be on the outside looking in, while the winner will be a massive step closer to Peach Jam.

Team Takeover (DC) vs. No. 8 Bradley Beal Elite (MO)

Takeover did themselves a huge favor in Atlanta with an impressive session, they find themselves fighting for a Peach Jam berth and can help themselves even more with a big win here.

For Bradley Beal, bragging rights and a good seed in Peach Jam are at stake so they will come out ready.

 

Sunday

Renaissance (NY) vs. No. 3 PSA Cardinals (NY)

In the Battle for NYC, each of these teams will have a chance to cement their rightful place as one of the elite contenders in the EYBL.

The backcourt battle is always fun to watch in this one, and this matchup will feature two of the deepest rotations in the League.

CIA Bounce (CAN) vs. No. 4 Team CP3 (NC)

CIA Bounce started off the year strong, but have faltered badly over the last few sessions. In order to come all the way back and win a berth in Peach Jam, these guys will need to play their best game to keep up with a Team CP3 squad that is fighting for its second straight regular season title.

CIA forward Simi Shittu will have a chance to prove himself against CP3’s Jaylen Hoard.

Team Melo (MD) vs. Nike South Beach (FL)

In this Bubble Breaker matchup, Team Melo will have every opportunity to close in on a berth in the Peach Jam with a win, while South Beach will likely need it much more.

Again, Melo’s Noah Locke will be a huge factor and his ability to get teammates involved could be the difference for this one.

No. 9 Team Penny (TN) vs. Team Takeover (DC)

James Wiseman will be making his debut for Team Penny in Los Angeles, which will add intrigue to this matchup with Takeover’s Jalen Smith.

Penny can help their case for getting a solid pool in July, while Takeover will be looking to clinch their spot in the field.

No. 6 Cal Supreme (CA) vs. No. 3 PSA Cardinals (NY)

Already going to be an intense battle, the fact that the Supreme will basically be playing on their home turf adds even more fire for Anthony and company.

While both teams have been strong all year, Cali has been hotter and their size and length should give them a major edge.

Team Final (PA) vs. No. 2 All Ohio Red (OH)

Team Final will need every win they can get in Los Angeles, but they will have their work cut out for them against an All Ohio team that has been playing some of the best ball in the country over the last month.

Both Cam Reddish and Louis King will need to play huge for Final to pull this one out.

Spiece Indy Heat (IN) vs. The Family Detroit (MI)

The EYBL is usually good about saving rivalry matchups for the end of the season, and none may be more intriguing with more on the line than this game between two squads that battled for talent all offseason.

Spiece may be a bit stronger in the backcourt, but each of these offenses have plenty of firepower.

UPLAY Canada vs. CIA Bounce (CAN)

In a north of the border rivalry, UPLAY will be without their best player (RJ Barrett, 28.0 PPG) as they try and steal one from their CIA Bounce brethren. However, they should have sophomore Andrew Nembhard back in the fold.

Without Barrett, it shouldn’t be an issue for Bounce to score with bigs Simi Shittu and Ignas Brazdeikis. Expect an intense matchup.

No. 9 Team Penny (TN) vs. No. 8 Bradley Beal Elite (MO)

Two of the circuit's very best will close out the regular season in style as they will likely be battling for top spots in the Peach Jam field.

Luckily for EYBL viewers this game will feature two of the best floor generals in the nation in Penny’s Alex Lomax and Bradley Beal’s Darius Garland. Penny’s depth could put them over the top in this one.


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