Powerhouse 15U Elite falls short to Vegas Elite in Heavyweight Battle

by Justin Vargas | Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The Powerhouse 15U Elite came into a big match-up on Saturday afternoon coming off of 2 blow-out victories in pool play. However, their first game in the event would be against not only a local top team, but a national one. Both teams would be playing up in age groups in the 2018 Bigfoot Las Vegas Easter Showdown.

This powerhouse 15U team is, pound for pound, quite possibly the best AAU team in the state. With four players 6-foot-8 and up, including one of the top 8th-grade prospects in the country, 6-foot-10 forward Dylan Anderson. 6-foot-4 2021 wing Jovan Ruffin (Newman High in New Orleans, Louisiana) has fit in nicely with this constructed group. Millennium’s 6-foot-8 2021 forward DaRon Holmes has quite possibly had the best weekend of any player on the team and Mountain View’s 6-foot freshman guard Derick Kaps has been as steady as solid as they come as of late.

However, they would go into their first platinum bracket game against a Vegas Elite team that finished last year’s AAU circuit as the 4th best team in the nation, armed with a great backcourt and a big man that moves so well for his size and weight and is very effective at this level.

Head Coach Vaughn Compton’s group came out a little bit on the timid side, committing uncharacteristic turnovers and failing to stop penetration on the defensive end. However, after falling behind by double-digits early, they settled down and went on a run that had them in the lead for a brief moment. Ruffin and Holmes engineered that 1st half run, with great activity out of 5-foot-11 2021 guard Brett Hardt Jr. and 6-foot-4 2021 wing Max Majerle. They would take a 1-point lead into the half.

The second half would start with a bunch of back-and-forth play with both teams playing a great game of cat-and-mouse.

Powerhouse would get some great play on both ends out of Kaps and Dylan Anderson played tough inside, despite struggling with his perimeter shot. Ruffin continued to be their go-to guy as they tried to hang on against a tough, very quick Vegas Elite squad.

Vegas Elite’s 6-foot-1 point guard Frankie Collins was lights out all game, but turned them lights on a little bit brighter when it mattered most. In a tightly played game, he was the difference maker.

After trailing by 8, Powerhouse would make another small run to get the game back to within 2 with 3 minutes left to play, forcing a Vegas Elite timeout. However, the local host would rip off a 8-0 run coming out of that timeout to get them out to a 10 point lead as Powerhouse missed on some easy scoring opportunities and open outside shots that normally fall for this group.

It was a great, competitive game from start to finish that probably should have been lined up as the tournaments championship game.

Powerhouse 15U Elite will return home for a few days before heading to LA next weekend. No doubt you will hear about them again shortly.

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