Team Final Beats Houston Hoops, Loses In Semis To CP3 All-Stars

It was a great EYBL run for the Philly team, and Mikal Bridges played well throughout.

Going into the quarterfinals as what some would have considered underdogs against Houston Hoops, Team Final pulled off the win 69-63 in one of the most hyped games of the tournament. The trio of Ja'Quan Newton, Malachi Richardson and Mikal Bridges were spectacular in matching up against the three-headed monster consisting of Justise Winslow, Kelly Oubre and Justin Jackson.

Newton went off again for 22 points, 4 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds on 7-14 shooting. Richardson, playing a year up, dropped 13 and 6 while 'Nova-commit Bridges - the forgotten man in pregame hype - showed he's probably due for a bump in the next set of rankings with a stat sheet stuffer effort of 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in a team-leading 30 minutes. He also shot 3-5 from deep, proving once again he might be a solution to Villanova's outside shooting woes upon arrival.

The victory meant Team Final would face off against the vaunted CP3 All-Stars who were sporting UNC-bound Theo Pinson, Georgetown-bound LJ Peak and one-time target Shelton Mitchell. Despite holding a halftime lead, Team Final eventually fell 87-82, ending their run at the Peach Jam.

Newton never really got it going with a 10 point, 6 assist effort on 4-12 shooting, but his backcourt mate Shep Garner did, recording his best outing of the tournament with 18 points and 7 assists. Malachi Richardson with 23 points and 5 rebounds on 9-18 shooting, while Bridges was strong yet again with 14 points and 7 rebounds on 5-9 shooting.

The Peach Jam concludes the Nike EYBL season, but there are a few more notable events this summer, starting next week with the Nike Global Challenge. 'Nova target Phil Booth is on the USA East roster.

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