The annual Maysville Basic was what it at all times is, thrilling, energetic and stacked with a lineup of a few of the greatest basketball gamers round all competing for the possibility to take residence the championship trophy.
This yr, reigning champions Squad Up weren’t within the lineup, that means a brand new champion was to be topped within the last matchup, that includes two out of state groups, 99 General and Southeast Professional-Am Basic. This sport was much like every sport main as much as the championship spherical, with intense, excessive stage taking part in from all crew members concerned, however it was rapidly clear who could be taking residence the trophy.
By the top of the primary twenty-minute half, 99 General led 44-32. 99 General maintained no less than a ten level lead for a lot of the sport, leaping out forward of Southeast Professional-Am Basic rapidly. 99 General achieved a close to 20 level lead a number of instances all through the sport, however SPAC pulled the sport again shut, not permitting 99 General to tug away with the sport.
“I felt good coming into the match. All of us got here right here from Cincinnati. We needed to verify we get our legs proper, drink numerous water, stretch. Loads of us are 9-5 guys simply working so, it’s superior simply to get a bunch of guyss collectively and get a “W”.” mentioned Kenny Gaynor, a member of 99 General and the Ron Bailey MVP trophy recipient.
Gaynor mentioned that it was an honor to be named match MVP, however that his success was a crew effort, not his alone.
“I really feel nice, however all of us did it collectively. It’s a crew basketball sport, all of us did it collectively. This MVP is for all of us, not simply me.” mentioned Gaynor.
Gaynor was the groups “large man” stepping as much as the half court docket line for the tip off and sustaining a superb guard defensively. He additionally was stable on the rebound, and made certain to maintain his crew in posession as typically as doable.
On the video games end result, with SPAC calling it earlier than the top of the second twenty minute half, 99 General led 74-56 over the runners-up.
“I believed we did nice, we let one go yesterday right here, our second sport. We had ‘em and we simply let it go in extra time. We actually needed to make a press release coming again at this time and getting a “W”. We drive an hour out right here, so, we would as properly win it whereas we’re right here.” mentioned Gaynor.
He and his crew made the journey to Maysville each days in a row, and solely misplaced one sport, making them the 2023 Maysville Basic champions. Gaynor mentioned that his crew beloved the competitiveness of the match, and complimented its group, saying they plan to be again within the close to future.
“I believed all people did a terrific job. The video games had been nice, all people was tremendous aggressive. I simply love competitiveness, and simply competing. I just like the court docket, if I needed to change one factor I believe I’d get some A/C on this health club.” joked Gaynor.
In the long run, the Maysville Basic delivered on its promise of continuous to carry excessive stage basketball to Maysville. A stacked lineup of groups with vastly totally different backgrounds, play types and ability ranges, led to an extremely fast-paced, aggressive set of basketball video games that had followers on the perimeters of their seats from begin to end. Plans are already underway for subsequent years basic, which goals to enhance upon an already high quality match.