Team Eleate earns Double Pump Grassroots Tournament Title



Just call them The Matts. Or Matt Muscle.By any name, Matt Mitchell and Matthew Bradley, are a dynamic duo on the basketball court.The Matts led the way as Riverside-based Team Eleate beat Team Lillard (Oakland), 75-65, for the championship of the 17-under elite Open Division at the Double Pump Best of Summer grassroots boys basketball tournament that concluded Sunday at the American Sports Center in Anaheim.

In the 16U Division, the Riverside-based Inland Empire Basketball Program (IEBP), behind 29 points and seven rebounds from Iysaiah Rojas (a 2018 wing from Los Osos High), also won a championship.

Bradley is a muscular 6-foot-5 2018 forward with guard skills from San Bernardino High. Mitchell is a strong 6-6 wing from Eastvale Roosevelt. Both are as equally talented in the open court with the ball as they are in the paint banging for position. Both are easily mistaken for football players.

Both dominated Sunday’s early semifinal victory over a Utah Basketball Club (UBC) team that included 2016 unsigned guard Michael Bibby Jr.

In the final, Bradley had 17 points and Mitchell had 14. Alec Hickman, a 6-4 guard from Riverside who has committed to Cal, had 16 points in the finale.

The 17U Open was the top tier of three 17U divisions, which included 31 teams from U.S. and one from New Zealand. After winning its pool, Eleate had to win two games Saturday and twice again Sunday for the title, finishing the tournament at 6-1.

To reach the final, Team Lillard defeated Pump-N-Run Elite, a team that includes players from across Southern California, including 6-4 2017 wing Bryce Denham(Temecula Valley).

In the 16U Division, IEBP Red defeated Cal Supreme, 72-64. The Cal Supreme team included Shareef O’Neal, the 16-year-old 6-9 son of Shaquille O’Neal, who graciously posed for a team photo with the winners.

Elijah Harkless (Etiwanda) had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists, Jeremiah Martin (San Bernardino Cajon) had 13 points and seven rebounds and Julian Holguin(Etiwanda) added 10 points for IEBP.

To win the 70-team division, IEBP Red needed to win three games Saturday and two games Sunday, including avenging a Thursday pool-play loss to Cal Supreme. They finished 8-1.

The IEBP Red roster entirely of 2018 players, also includes Isaiah Knox (Corona Centennial), Alex Cartwright (Murrieta Valley), Mykale Williams (Redlands East Valley), Cameron Brown (Fontana Summit), Aaron Slack (Corona Santiago) and Brennon Wade (Roosevelt).

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