Reynolds duo shines at Hoopla event
SALEM The Clutch Players lived up to their name Saturday to win their 17-and-under pool at the Oregon National Guard Hoopla 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the state capitol building.
Reynolds High seniors Jordan May and Sam Scarpelli joined forces with Shawn Elliott of Lake Oswego and Chandler Cavell of McNary to form a contending team.
Round robin play ended against McKay in a battle of unbeaten teams that attracted a large crowd surrounding the street court. The teams were rarely more than a bucket apart in the race to 35 points. The lead changed hands six times.
McKay found itself in front 33-30 with a chance to close out the victory twice, but a steal and a pair of missed free throws kept the door open.
The Clutch Players walked through with Cavell swishing a 3, and the team went inside to Elliott on its final posession. He was quickly surrounded by the entire McKay squad, leaving Scarpelli all alone to flash to the basket for the winning layup.
"In a game like this you have to make the most of every possession, be smart with the ball and get a good look every time," Scarpelli said.
The win left the Clutch Players a perfect 3-0 on Saturday before suffering their only loss 36-16 to Back 2 Back to start bracket play Sunday.
View photos from the tournament at daveball.exposuremanager.com.
Look for expanded tournament coverage in our Tuesday, Aug. 9, print edition.