NORTH AUGUSTA — Boo Williams has forfeited its first two games of the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam due to the use of an ineligible player.
The games – a 60-57 win against Mac Irvin Fire and a 64-58 win against the Texas Titans – are now considered losses for Boo Williams in the standings. The team is 0-2 after the 17U portion of the Peach Jam played its first games on Thursday.
“I misinterpreted it,” coach Boo Williams said about the rules late Thursday. Williams said the problem was while the ineligible player was on the team’s roster at a couple prior tournaments, he didn’t play in enough tournaments to be eligible for the Peach Jam.
The coach declined to identify the player.
The Boo Williams team, based out of Virginia, is still scheduled to play today against Houston Hoops at noon and later against Team SCAN at 7:30 p.m. The coach planned on still using the player, in order to not hurt the player.
Before forfeiting the two games, Boo Williams defeated Mac Irvin Fire, when Robert Johnson scored in the final moments to give his team a one-point lead at 58-57.
The contest was packed with coaches and spectators as people gathered to court No. 3 because of big-name post players Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander on Mac Irvin Fire and Thon Maker of Boo Williams.
Okafor is ranked No. 1 in the 2014 class by Rivals.com while Alexander is ranked fourth in the same class. Boo Williams' Maker is a rising sophomore and is listed as 7-feet tall.
Both Okafor and Maker posted double-doubles, with Alexander a rebound shy of joining them.