ENG United showcased at an elite level in front of NCAA D1 & D2 scouts and national media, and proved their toughness at the 2021 On The Radar Sweet 16 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The showcase event took place April 9-11 and featured more than 70 of the top 15U teams in the southeastern U.S., including teams from AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, NC, SC, TN and VA. ENG United saw four (4) games of pool play action, finishing the weekend with a 2-2 record.
Game 1 took place on Friday, April 9th against a familiar opponent in Atlanta-based Elite Playmakers (Black). The game was a battle that went into overtime on a buzzer beating 3-pointer by ENG United's own Gabriel Mason, who finished the game with a team leading 22 points. In the end, ENG United pulled out the win with a final score of 82-77.
Game 2 took place on April 10th versus Titan Sports Academy (Atlanta), in which ENG United jumped out to an early 17 point lead behind smothering team defense, the sharp-shooting of Jace Freeman who hit four 3-pointers, and the strong paint presence of Jeremias Heard and Christian McAboy. Despite some careless moments by ENG that caused their lead to dwindle to three points, the attacking offense of Marquan Murray, Quentin Rakestraw and Charles Kimani, ENG United was able to walk away with a vicotry of 72-67.
To close out the weekend, on April 11th, ENG suffered two tough losses; one to Memphis (TN) based Showboat Express with a final score of 49-34, and a two-point buzzer beater loss to Atlanta based Promise Elite with a final score 56-54.
ENG United's next tournament will be the Prep Hoops Circuit, A-Town Showdown event on April 30 - May 2nd in Atlanta.