The Missouri Impact 17U boys’ team won the Gold Division Championship of the 2013 NY2LA Swish-
N-Dish tournament in Milwaukee, WI this past weekend. They opened play in the Gold bracket versus
Gateway of St. Louis, MO and revenged a loss from the previous week. In the quarter-finals, they
defeated Full Package of Chicago, IL to move into the Semi-finals.
Here they took on a highly rated team in The Reach Legends from Detroit, MI before moving into the
Finals against The Devin Harris All Stars of Milwaukee, WI. The finals saw Missouri Impact jump out to a
double digit lead early only to see it slip away. Missouri Impact fought back from a 7 point deficit with 2
minutes to play to force overtime and prevailed 62-58 in a thriller.
It was a great run that started on Saturday evening in an elimination game and continued into Sunday’s
finale. 6’-5” guard Ranell Crossland played every position on the court and was consistent game in and
game out. Crossland was the MVP of the championship game and he garnered attention from recruiting
scouts for his high level of play over the weekend.
Crossland however, wasn’t the only Missouri Impact player who scouts thought performed at a high
level as 6’-2” shooting guard Ryan Daugherty also received some personal inquiries. Ryan is a deadly
shooter who has unlimited range and showed off his ball handling skills, defense and decision making
Although not every player received a personal inquiry, they all shined brightly in their effort and play
with several scouts making notes to follow them in future tournaments. Many touted the play of
Matthew Highsmith who excelled on both ends of the court. He came up big at the end of their semi-
final matchup, putting the game out of reach in the closing minutes with his one-on-one offensive
moves and his defensive rebounding. He has a motor that just doesn’t stop and plays above the rim.
Coach Walker commented “this was a tremendous “TEAM” effort with everyone contributing to the
Championship run. Winning the NY2LA tournament is a significant achievement and one that will create
more visibility for our players.” The remaining Missouri Impact roster consists of: 6’-10” center, Brian
Borgmann, 6’-6” power forward Andrew Milbrandt, 6’-5” small forward Terel Tipton, 6’-4” small forward
Isaiah Walker, 6’-2” guard Jeremy Verges, 6’-0” guard Tyris Lockhart, 6’-0” point guard Tre Curry, 5’-10”
guard Sam Rudnick and 5-‘7” point guard Quaron Gooch.