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Matchup to watch: Meanstreets vs. BABC

By D1 Circuit , 05/10/13, 12:15PM EDT

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WHAT THEY'VE DONE

The top two defensive teams in the Elite Youth Basketball League meet Friday as No. 4 BABC (8-1) collides with No. 7 Meanstreets (7-2). Both teams play grind-it-out styles and have found success early and often behind their stifling defense. Meanstreets has allowed an EYBL-low 48.7 points per game, while BABC is second allowing 52.7 points per game. BABC is led by Bonzie Colson, a 6-foot-8 behemoth who dominates the paint offensively. He comes into Dallas averaging 18.3 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game, employing an old-school back-to-the-basket game. His game features refined post-moves while playing extremely physical on the low block. He is complimented on the perimeter by sharpshooter Tyler Nelson, who has sunk a staggering 51.9 percent of his three-point attempts and Johnathan Joseph, who leads BABC with 6.3 assists per game. Meanstreets features a balanced scoring attack and is extremely efficient from the field (48.9 percent FGM) Led by the ultra-quick Tyler Ulis (13.3 PPG, 5.7 APG) and swingman Paul White (11.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG), Meanstreets prefers to grind out their opponent. They also feature a pair of high-major recruits from St Rita High School in Chicago. 2014 F Vic Law and 2015 SF Charles Matthews are both are promising players, utilizing their athleticism to the fullest by being extremely active on both ends.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Bonzie Colson vs. Meanstreets Frontcourt
Johnathan Joseph vs. Tyler Ulis

Since both teams are so strong defensively, it will be interesting to see what type of pace this game is played at. More than likely, this game is going to come down to Meanstreets ability to stop BABC in the paint. As stated above, Colson is a beast. If Meanstreets can contain his production in the paint, their chances of winning the game improves exponentially. They will rely on a combo of Vic Law, Donte Thomas, Tai Odiase and Tyler Wideman to slow down the ultra-productive big man. They will have to put a premium on defensive rebounding, as Colson averages more than three offensive rebounds per contest. 

Another fun matchup is the showdown between Tyler Ulis and Johnathan Joseph. Both point guards are top five in assists per game, proving to be the main trigger-man for their respective clubs. Though he isn't a big scorer (5.7 PPG), Joseph is a tremendous defender who will look to take Ulis out of his comfort zone. That is easier said than done though, as Ulis, fresh off an offer from Tom Izzo and Michigan State, has proven to be one of the elite point guards in the 2014 class.

PREDICTION

Meanstreets in a dogfight.

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