Shiloh hoops tournament pits NYC vs ATL

The state of Georgia will put some of its best on display against New York’s finest hoops players this Friday and Saturday in the Big Apple vs. Big Peach Battle 2011 at Shiloh High School. The event will feature 25 players listed among the nation’s best basketball recruits and Class AAAAA boys defending champion Norcross.

Jesse McMillan, boys basketball coach at Norcross, is looking forward to the showcase. “We are excited to see where we are against some great teams and players from New York.”

Norcross will be joined by Stephenson, Class AAAA No. 3 Lovejoy, Class AAAAA No. 4 Shiloh and Class AAAA No. 7 Fayette County as the boys representatives from Georgia. The Georgia girls teams will include Columbia, Westlake and Stephenson. The New York teams traveling down include Bishop Loughlin, Long Island Lutheran and South Shore, as well as girls powers Mary Louis Academy, Holy Trinity and Long Island Lutheran.

Robert Carter and Trayvon Reed will be on display from host Shiloh, and Tony Bagtas (Westlake) and Justin Tuoyo (Lovejoy) also can be seen suiting up in the event. Carter and Tuoyo are in the first edition of the Score 44. The firepower on the girls side is just as hot as Stephenson’s Kaliyah Mitchell is listed in ESPN’s Top 100 for 2013 and Mei-Lyn Bautista of Mary Louis Academy (NY) is the No. 1 point guard in the 2015 class.

Norcross, which will hold a shootaround at the Blue Devils’ House of Blue before heading over to Shiloh Friday, recently defeated Berkmar in a scrimmage as the team begins it quest for a second straight title. “I thought we played well vs. Berkmar,” said McMillan. “Typical early mistakes and nervousness, but the guys seem to understand the target on their backs and are responding well.”

The Blue Devils face South Shore on Friday and Long Island Lutheran on Saturday. Shiloh faces Bishop Loughlin on Friday. Lovejoy wraps up the event Saturday night against Bishop Loughlin.

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