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RJ Eytle-Rock admits being disappointed with his performance at last year’s Hoopsfix All-Star Classic inspired him to the MVP award in Sunday’s third edition of the annual showcase.
The England Under-18 guard showed out with an impressive all-round display after contributing 15 points as well as six assists, six steals and five rebounds in Team White’s 83-77 win.
Eytle-Rock was one of five players – along with Henri Langton, Luke Mitchell, Gedi Juozapaitis and Evan Walshe – suiting up for a third time at the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic and couldn’t hide his delight at being named MVP.
“I’m super excited,” he said post-game. “It’s my third time at the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic and I’m just really happy to be MVP.
“I wasn’t satisfied with how I played last year so I wanted to come out and show what I’ve got.
“It was a great honour just to be selected again, but to end up as MVP is a blessing.”
He added: “I lost last year and really wanted to make sure I won this year and it’s a great feeling.”
Eytle-Rock led his side to victory with a controlled and aggressive display at the point guard position; driving to the basket with ease, finding his team-mates in good positions and coming up with some timely interceptions on the defensive end.
GB internationals Dan Clark and Joe Hart were impressed onlookers as some of the top under-19 players in the country made their talents clear to see in front of a sellout crowd at Brixton Recreation Centre.
— Dan Clark (@Dan00Clark) June 6, 2016
Great day at the hoopsfix Classic @Hoopsfix great to see so many old faces!
— Joe Hart (@13JoeHart) June 5, 2016