AUGUSTA, Ga. — Emoni Bates and Bronny James squared off for the first time two years ago at a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League event in Indianapolis when Bronny was 14 years old and Emoni 15. Bronny got the win, while Emoni dropped 43 points in front of a packed crowd.
Round 2 took place Wednesday evening with Bates’ team, Bates Fundamental, edging out Strive for Greatness 73-72 at the Nike Peach Jam.
Bronny 1, Emoni 1.
The second meeting had a familiar face coaching on the sideline: LeBron James. Basketball royalty descended upon a city known for hosting the biggest golf tournament in the world, the Masters. The Los Angeles Lakers star has been in town all week at the Peach Jam coaching his son’s team and taking in other games with top prospects like D.J. Wagner, Jalen Duren and Jaden Bradley.
Fans started filling the back gym at the Riverview Park Activities Center 90 minutes…