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Power Rankings – Session 2

By D1 Circuit , 05/01/13, 12:00PM EDT


Power Rankings | April 30

1.   Team Takeover
Washington, D.C.
9-0 2
2.   Expressions Elite
9-0 5
3.   Houston Hoops
Houston, Texas
8-1 1
4.   BABC
8-1 8
5.   Spiece Indy Heat
Indianapolis, Ind.
6-3 -
6.   Boo Williams
Hampton, Va.
8-1 -
7.  Meanstreets
7-2 4
8.   CP3 All-Stars
Greensboro, N.C.
7-2 9
9.   Howard Pulley
Minneapolis, Minn.
6-3 -
10.   Team Final
Philadelphia, Pa.
6-3 3

The Division C squads continued their domination at Session 2 in Hampton, Va., winning 33 of 50 games. Team Takeover (9-0) and Expressions Elite (9-0) led the charge, remaining undefeated on the season. 

Previously unranked Spiece Indy Heat (6-3) defied the weekend trend, defeating four Division C opponents. The Heat's lone loss of the session came at the hands of Team Takeover. 

The Heat are one of three previously unranked teams to make the top 10 after Session 2. Team Scan, Wisconsin Playground and Mac Irvin Fire all dropped out of the top 10. 

1. Team Takeover, Washington, D.C.
Takeover was dominant in three wins, and decent in two, but they left Hampton, Va., unscathed. The squad is shooting 42 percent from the three-point line, mostly because Dion Wiley has made 30 from beyond the arc.

2. Expressions Elite, Boston
Nine games, nine wins. Not a bad start to Elite's run in the EYBL, especially considering they are doing it with ease. Their average margin of victory was 13.2 points per game at the Hampton sesson. Power forward Abdul-Malik Abu leads Elite's inside attack averaging 16 points and 6 rebounds.

3. Houston Hoops, Houston
With an 8-0 record going into their final game of Session 2, the Hoops  dropped the ball and suffered a tough 10-point loss to the Devin Booker-led Alabama Challenge. However, Houston's core combo of Justin Jackson, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Justise Winslow may be tops in the EYBL. 

4. BABC, Boston
They're efficient scorers, shooting just north of 50 percent -- 47.7 percent on 3-pointers - from the field. The only knock on the youngest team in the EYBL is their level of competition through two sessions. They remain the best defensive team in the EYBL, allowing 52.6 points per game through nine games. Bonzie Colson and Tyler Nelson are two of the most underrated players in the league.

5. Spiece Indy Heat, Indianapolis
Two of their three losses are one-point defeats to the No. 1 and No. 2 teams. But the Heat boast victories over BABC (No. 4), Meanstreets (No. 7), and Team Final (No. 10). Trevon Bluiett, James Blackmon Jr., and Jayquan Lyle form the highest scoring trio in the EYBL.

6. Boo Williams, Hampton, Va.
Boo Williams posted a 5-0 record in their home tournament. Robert Johnson and Dwayne Foreman are their two horses, joined by international studs Rokas Gustys and Thon Maker. Efficient offensively and tremendous defensively.

7. Meanstreets, Chicago
With two losses and two double-digit wins in the second session, the Meanstreets could use a little more consistency. Still, Tyler Ulis is dynamic with the ball in his hands, averaging 13.3 points per game and 5.3 assists per game. Paul White also has cemented his position as one of the top unsigned small forwards in the 2014 class.

8. CP3 All-Stars, Greensboro, N.C.
The 14-point loss to Mac Irvin Fire is a glaring exception to how the All-Stars have otherwise played. Theo Pinson, LJ Peak, Gary Clark, Nate Mason and Shelton Mitchell all are averaging double-figures.

9. Howard Pulley, Minneapolis, Minn.
Similar to Boo Williams, Howard Pulley experienced an astronomical rise thanks in large part to the league's assists-per-game, steals-per-game and overall scoring leader Tyus Jones. Reid Travis' whopping 34-point performance over Team Louisiana didn't hurt either. Jarvis Johnson is coming on strong, picking up offers from Minnesota's newly-hired Richard Pitino and Providence's Ed Cooley in the process.

10. Team Final, Philadelphia
After a great weekend in L.A., Team Final disappointed in Hampton, Va. They both won and lost close games on their way to a 2-3 record at Session 2. PG Ja'Quan Newton leads the way with 15.9 ppg and 4.4 apg. He is complimented by SF Mikal Bridges, who is asserting himself well on both ends of the floor.

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