The entire crowd was a buzz Friday night with Kentucky coach John Calipari at courtside Friday night at Marshall County high school. Milos Uzan the Oklahoma commit got the action going quickly with a beautiful alley oop pass to Shawn Philips for a dunk and a Dream City 2-0 lead. Coach Calipari was in attendance to watch Yohan Traore in action but had to be impressed with the talented Uzan.
Both teams are used to a 30 second shot clock, but tonight it was local rules and no shot clock. The action was a little bit slower than a normal Grind session game and the scored showed it. After the first 8 minutes of play Dream City had a 20-17 lead over the Tigers from Central Pointe.
The second half started with Mykol Sanchez hitting two three-point shots to put the Tigers up 23-20. Central Pointe played solid team ball in the second quarter and good team defense to go into the locker room with the lead at 33-30. Traore played solid down low for Dream City, but the Eagles could only manage 13 points in the second 8-minute period. Coach Calipari must have seen want he came to see in Traore because the Kentucky coach left after the first half ended.
Carlos Cortijo hit a jumper right out of the gate for Central Pointe to give them an early five-point lead. Dream City has been on the road traveling from South Carolina to Mississippi to Kentucky and it showed in the second half. The Eagles came out very slow in the third period and allowed Central Pointe to build a lead at 44-37 with 2:45 left in the period.
Milos Uzan the Dream City leader took control of the game for the Eagles in the later part of the 3rd quarter. Uzan dished out an assist to Brazziel for a jump shot and drove to the bucket getting fouled and hitting both foul shots. The third quarter ended with Dream City getting back in the game 44-41.
Dream City hit a couple shots by Brazziel and Traore to tie the score at 46-46 with just under 5 minutes to play. Mykol Sanchez then hit a three pointer for Central Pointe to put them up 49-46 with 4:11 left, but that would be the last points they would score in the game.
Jeffrey Brazziel drove to the bucket and grabbed the rebound off his missed shot and then layed in the ball while getting fouled. He hit the foul shot and Dream City never looked back. The Eagles finished the game with solid defense and got the victory 57-49. Next up for Dream City is Prolific Prep on Sunday afternoon in the Marshall County Hoopfest final game.