2003 Champion Illinois Warriors. Coach: Larry Butler.
Second Place Team Bloomington. Coach: Dodie Dunson.
Consolation Champion Rising Stars. Coach: Mike Weinstein.
2003 HSE/PEP Fall Classic Recap
By Frank Rusnak
In an action-filled weekend at Riverside-Brookfield High School for the fourth annual High School Elite PEP Fall Classic it was only fitting that the championship game be decided on a last minute call.
With the Illinois Warriors up 49-48, Team Bloomingtons 67 Tim Gould grabbed a missed shot from teammate Dodie Dunson. With one second remaining, Gould was put to the free-throw line for two shots. Missing both shots, Goulds teammate, 63 Wesley Ware (Bloomington H.S.), grabbed the rebound and went back up for a quick put-back. The basket, however, was waived off as the refs said time already expired, and the Illinois Warriors grabbed its first title at the HSE/PEP Fall Classic.
In command for the Warriors was 61 junior combo guard Brandon Ewing. Ewing, the MVP of the tournament, finished with 15 points in the championship game, including a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.
This tournament was great, said Ewing, of Chicago Julian. It was one of the top tournaments and it had a lot of competition.
Team Bloomington is a squad that Ewing was all too familiar with in the championship game.
Ive been playing against those guys since seventh grade, he said. It seems like theyve got pretty much the same guys. They have great chemistry. I always take notes from Dodie, he leads his team really good.
Dunson was held to only six points in the championship game.
Dodie was sick, Dunsons father and coach, Dodie Sr. said. He didnt want to say anything to me because he knew I wouldnt let him play if I knew, but we took him to get checked out by the doctor [Monday].
With a temperature hovering around 103-degrees, Dunson did however average 14.25 points for the tournament in his teams four games. They included wins against the Illinois Wolves, Illinois Warriors II and Old Gold in a rugged, physical semifinals match.
I thought the basket was good from my angle that I saw, said Dunson, about the deciding call in the championship game. [The Warriors] stepped it up at the end though just to get the win.
63 Nate Minnoy 18.7ppg Old Gold
63 Tim Green 14.4ppg High School Elite
61 Brandon Long 13ppg MeanStreets
64 Sterling Williams 11.3ppg Warriors
62 Wesley Ware 10.8ppg Team Bloomington
65 Grant Supernaut 17ppg Rising Stars II
511 Stephon Hannah 13ppg Old Gold
67 Cyrus Tate 11.7ppg MeanStreets
68 Julian Wright 10.6ppg Warriors II
60 Teddy Toliver 10.3ppg Team Bloomington
66 Christian Cornelius 17.5ppg Wolves
63 Jordan Morris 15.7ppg Gunners
63 Matt Corning 13.25ppg Rising Stars
64 Andre Muse 10.4ppg High School Elite
58 Maurice Acker 9ppg MeanStreets
65 Tyrone Kent 25ppg Old Gold II
511 Willie Walker 15ppg Wolves
66 Dustin Warfield 15ppg Gunners
67 DeMarr McKnight 12.3ppg GT Peoria
62 Brandon Holtz 12ppg Team Bloomington
64 Jeremy Fears 25ppg RBS All-Stars
65 Brian Nussbaum 14ppg RBS All-Stars
61 Terry Jeffries 13.5ppg GT Aurora
65 Emanual Gator 13.5ppg Rising Stars II
65 Paul Warren 10.7ppg Demons II
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