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Team Takeover Undefeated in EYBL






Robert Stephens, Featured Writer

Takeover's 17u team is getting it done so far.


Team Takeover (D.C.) ended the first leg undefeated in the 2014 Elite Youth Basketball League sponsored by Nike that features 40 of the top 17 and under youth basketball teams scattered across the country. Takeover joined BABC (Boston Ma.), Houston Hoops, Team Final (Philadelphia) and Expressions Elite hat finished the first round with a record of 4-0.

One of the notable things about this year’s squad their are no returning players from the previous year. I asked head coach Keith Stevens with the exception of his first team, is this the first year you have no returning veterans?

“I believe so, I can’t remember a team with no returning players”, he said.

So what do you look for in that situation?

“Cohesiveness, find that guys that play together. Players that get along with one another” said Stevens.

Takeover is rated second in offense after the first round. What else would you like to see after the first round, Coach?

“We need to score around 74 points a game, he said. “In our best years we dot that” We gotta push the defense up.” said Stevens.

The final game against California Supreme went to overtime. What do you remember the most about that game?

“We made stops when needed and we finished our last possessions” said Stevens.

The first game saw the Georgia All Stars take Takeover to the wire as the D.C. based team edged their opponents 61-59.

Takeover trailed 36-33 at the half fought back to provide the team with their first win.

Phil Booth led the way with 16 points. Dion Wiley (Potomac, MD), a 6’4” swingman chipped in with 11 points. Standing 6’8”, Marten Geben finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 steals.

Dion Wiley is tearing up the EYBL circuit.

The second game Takeover jumped on the Jackson Tigers from Mississippi taking a 34-26 into the first half.

Takeover finished with a 65-53 win over their southern opponents to up their record to 2-0.

Dion Wiley led all scorers with 18 and 5 rebounds. Geben (St. Maria Goretti) chipped in with 12 points and 7 rebounds. James Palmer, a 6’2” guard from St. John’s scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Game number three saw the Takeover exploded with 84 points as they defeated Athletes First (Oklahoma) 84-56 to secure their third win of the tournament.

Four players were in double figures for Takeover in their largest offensive showing in the tournament.

Dion Wiley led the scoring parade with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Montrose Christian’s 6’7” forward Therence Mayimba added 11 points and 6 rebounds, while 6’8” forward Obi Enechionyia of St. James tallied 11 points and 3 blocks. Booth, of Mt. Joseph) logged 11 points and 5 assists.

Takeover ended their undefeated session with a 67-65 overtime thriller defeating California Supreme 67-65.

Dion Wiley scored a game high 21 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 3 assist. Tre Campbell (6’2”, St. John’s) contributed 13 points and 5 assists. Martin Geben added 8 points and 8 rebounds.

After the first round the leading scorer is Dion Wiley at 15.3 points per game. He’s followed by Phil Booth 10.3 ppg, and Martin Geben’s 9.8. Geben leads the team in rebounding at 9.8 boards per game. Phil Booth leads the team in assists.

Takeover opens play this weekend at the Boo Williams Complex Saturday, with a 9:30 am tilt against the Family (Michigan).

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