The Scott’s All*Stars eighth-grade boys’ basketball team won the Georgia Cup tournament, held May 31-June 1 in Atlanta.
The eighth-graders went 5-0 in the tourney, but the level of competition was obvious from the team’s first game, an 85-76 win over Middle Georgia Raptors.
“This weekend was great because not only did we beat some great teams, we had some unusual victories,” founder and coach Marcus Scott IV said. “We were down by six points in our first game against a team ranked No. 12 in the state. There was 40 seconds left to play and Trae Broadnax hit and 3-point shot. We stole the ball, and Jaylen Jackson hits another three-pointer as time expired to send us into overtime.”
In their second game, the All*Stars were down by 23 points in the first half of their second matchup, but rallied to beat Atlanta Tap Out, 79-68.
“Our kids fought back and pulled out the victories with tough defense,” he said of both games.
Going into the third game, Scott said many of his starters were fatigued.
“But Henry Blair picked up the slack, scoring 20 points off the bench,” he said of his squad’s 73-62 win over TNBC Red. In a bracket-play thriller, Team KCP nailed a 3-point shot with four seconds left, but Marcus Scott V drove the ball the down court and was fouled as time expired. He sank a free throw for the 64-63 win.
Coach Scott said William Richardson emerged as the dominant player for his team during the championship game. While the other team focused on Scott V, Richardson and other players had opportunities. That was key in SAS’s 74-69 win over Middle Georgia Raptors.
Richardson was named tournament MVP, while Daquan Humphreys and Scott were selected for the all-tournament team.
During the weekend, the players also got the opportunity to visit the Morehouse and Clark-Atlanta campuses. Scott said they toured the campuses after the championship game, noting that it was a bit late in the day but vital for the players to take in.
SAS 85, Middle Georgia Raptors 76
SAS 79, Atlanta Tap Out 68
SAS 73, TNBC Red 62
SAS 64, Team KCP 63
SAS 74, Middle Georgia Raptors 69