by Taylor Morrow

Over 100 teams assembled in Phoenix this past weekend for the 2016 AND1 SW Cactus Slam. AAU teams from Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico gathered for a memorable weekend of youth hoops.

The tournament heated up on Sunday as the single-elimination bracket got underway following two days of pool play action.

SLAM was able to catch some 17-Under action, including a dramatic ending in a semifinal matchup. It looked like the San Diego Prospects were going home after a shot put them down two points with 2.5 seconds remaining. However, after taking one-second to advance the ball, San Diego Prospects nailed a buzzer beating three-pointer to advance to the championship game.

Arizona Sting went on to beat the San Diego Prospects in the 17U championship game. Junior guard Terriq Tshaka (Paradise Valley H.S./Phoenix, Arizona) earned MVP honors after a solid weekend, including timely plays in the championship win.

Lawrence Alonzo, the tournament’s organizer and club director of the Arizona Sting, said, “There were several double OT games, last second shot wins on Sunday and even had a 16U quarterfinal game that ended in a triple overtime sudden death.”

In girl’s competition, Elite Black (Arizona) defeated Team Fusion Effect (Texas) in a 47-45 victory for the 17U Gold title. Junior Courtney Colleary (Hamilton H.S./Chandler, Arizona) of the Arizona Sting earned MVP honors.

Here are some other winners from this weekend’s SLAM-sponsored event:

Boys Championships

16U     Aim High Elite Blue (AZ) 44, San Diego Prospects 28

15U     AZ Sting Ballard 45, Aim High Elite Blue (AZ) 22

14U     Team Flight 2020 52, AZ Stars 43

13U     Aim High Elite Blue (AZ) 43, El Paso (TX) Dukes 36

12U     New Mexico Select 62, Scottsdale (AZ) Wolves 47

11U     AZ Storm Black 49, Team Arizona 37

10U     Elite Blue 44, AZ Sharks 17

 Girls Championships

17U Gold        AZ Elite Black 47, Team Fusion Elect TX 45

17U Silver       Team Fusion Elect (TX) 38, AZ Elite Gold 37

Junior Varsity El Paso (TX) United 28, El Paso (TX) Force 23

8th Grade         Aim High Elite Blue (AZ) 24, Mavericks 20

7th Grade         Team Fusion Elect 2021 (TX) 32, Shooting Stars (CO) 8

Taylor Morrow is a graduate student at Arizona State University and covers fantasy basketball for FantasyPros.com.