Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Kyle Anderson, Darrick Wood, Savon Goodman and Myles Davis closed out their AAU careers with an 80-72 overtime win over the Mac Irvin Fire Thursday night in the championship game of the Desert Duel in Gilbert, Az.
The Playaz trailed by 23 at the break, but roared back for the win.
Wood scored 17, the Villanova-bound Goodman had 13, Davis tallied 12 and Anderson 10.
Jabari Parker led Mac Irvin with 15 points, Steve Taylor scored 13 and Jermaine Morgan tallied 10.
Tweeted Davis: “Just got the crazy chip with my #playazfam. There can’t be a better way to end my AAU career.”
The Playaz knocked off the Atlanta Celtics, 72-61, in the semifinals.
Jimmy Salmon coached the Playaz, who had lost in the quarterfinals of the Peach Jam to the Oakland Soldiers and were then upset by Seattle Rotary in Las Vegas.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.