Evergreen native helps hoops team go unbeaten
There were hundreds of travel basketball teams playing in several tournaments in Las Vegas during the last weekend of July.
Precious few went undefeated.
It was the final live period for summer teams and players to show their skills in front of NCAA Division I coaches. With some of the country’s best high school players going against each other, wins were understandably difficult to collect.
But Full Package South, a team featuring Evergreen Park native David Payne, finished 8-0 and won the Platinum Division of the Las Vegas Classic after beating Pro Skills 51-44 in the title contest. Payne led the squad with 17 points before enjoying a boisterous celebration with his teammates afterward.
That success came just a few hours after a five-overtime 73-69 victory over Greenline (California), which followed a 63-46 win over the Utah Chargers.
Oh, and the Full Package team only had seven players, all of whom were dog tired by the end.
“It took all seven of us to win the tournament,” Payne said. “One player broke his wrist before the tournament and another had started football, [so] it was hard. We were all sore and stiff after each game.