The 15U St. James Coastal Crew Rebels won their first tournament at the USBA Classic in Florence, S.C., on March 13
"We took three teams out there and we wanted to get everyone to go out and play together and hopefully get a win and we did," 15U Rebels coach Reginalde Castille said. "It feels so good to come home with a victory."
Castille coached the same kids last season as the 14U coach and moved up with them.
"They already knew what to expect from me," he said. "I knew what to expect from them and we picked up two new kids this year from Effingham County and that made a big difference on our team because we got a true center and a true point guard this year."
Castille said the Classics team gave his squad a run for their money.
"They gave us a scare at the beginning but thankfully we were able to overpower them at the end," he said.
"We are very excited the 15U were able to go out there and win the tournament," Rebels founder Ernie Walthour said.
As the coach prepares for the rest of the AAU season he said the biggest drawback is having 20 kids on the roster and having to decide which ones make the traveling roster.
Castille said school grades help him decide who stays and who goes.
"My biggest concern first is school," he said. "If you are not passing school, you will not travel and that is your first warning."
Walthour said he is overwhelmed with joy as the Rebels program continues to grow and gain recognition.
This year the Rebels even added two girls’ team. Walthour said it would not be possible without the support he gets from the Osteen and Osteen Law Firm.
The 14U Rebels are headed to Augusta on March 26 and the 16U and 17U are headed to the Disney Classic April 2-5.
The squads were to host a Rebels Classic yesterday.