The sixth-grade St. James Coastal Crew Rebels basketball team finished 6-1 and third overall at the YBOA state tournament held last weekend in Atlanta.
According to sixth-grade coach Simon Steele, the team quickly became the crowd favorite when it got off to a 5-0 start.
Among the Rebels’ accomplishments was being able to play another local team, the South Georgia Kings, and win, 55-34.
“I am extremely proud of our team,” Steele said. “We have 12 kids that understand their role, and they have developed a laser-like focus before each game. I believe we are the top team in this Southeast area. Our next task is to prepare for our nationals trip.”
The sixth-grade Rebels are headed to Orlando for the national tournament July 7-13. Donations to help cover travel expenses are being accepted. For more information, call 980-4559.
Three Scott’s All*Stars squads finish 1-2
The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade Scott’s All*Stars teams each finished 1-2 at the Jacksonville Super Regional Tournament, held June 7-9.
All*Stars’ founder Marcus Scott IV said it was the first year the program sent three teams to one super regional.
Scott said he considers his seventh-grade team their showcase squad because the players have been playing together since the fourth grade and have a wealth of talent and experience. However, Scott admitted he expected a bit more from his showcase team.
“The games were very competitive, and it gave all age groups an opportunity to play tough competition,” he said. “However … this is the second weekend in a row that our only losses came to the two teams that would meet in the championships.”
Scott said it was a tough to lose by two points against the Jacksonville Magic, who are No. 11 in the nation.
“We had two opportunities with our two best players taking the last two shots to win the game, but we came up short,” Scott said, adding they were down by two with less than 10 seconds left. “Jaylen Jackson had an opportunity to tie the game with a short jump shot that bounced out. After Jacksonville missed, we got another opportunity with less than five seconds on the clock. Marcus Scott had a good look for a 3-pointer to win the game, but it came up short, hitting the front of the rim. It was a good game. Had we played with the same intensity the first half (being down by 10) like we played the second half, the game would not have been close.”
The seventh-graders then lost to Brevard Elite of Florida, which ended up winning the tournament.
“They beat every team, except us, by 20 or more,” Scott said. “We had this team within two going in the fourth, but the starters ran out of steam towards the end of the game. This is why we are participating in the summer league in Savannah this month, to get our bench more game-time exposure. We had to play the starters pretty much the whole game, and against a good team, we have to have to have bench contribution.”
Scott said he thinks everything will come together before the boys head to nationals.
“Our man defense is looking better, and once we get everyone healthy, we will be a hard team to beat,” he said.
Scott’s All*Stars results
Scott’s All*Stars 19
Brevard Elite 2019 57
SE GA Thunder 20
Scott’s All*Stars 69
Coastal Ga. Ballers 43
Scott’s All*Stars 42
Savannah Tigers 29
Scott’s All*Stars 58
Scorers: Daqaun Humphreys 11, Russell Dandy 10, Keshawn Robinson 10, Marcus Scott 10, Jaylen Jackson 5, Chris Bass 4, Josh Washington 3, Tamaurio Jenkins 2, Terry Smith 2
Jacksonville Magics 48
Scott’s All*Stars 50
Scorers: Scott 25, Humphreys 10, Bass 7, Jackson 6
Brevard Elite 60
Scott’s All*Stars 43
Scorers: Humphreys 14, Bass 12, Jackson 9, Scott 5, Washington 3
Scott’s All*Stars 47
Atlantic Storm 38
Scorers: JohnLuis Labadie 10, Scott 6, Jay Labadie 6, Moser 5, Richardson 5, Bass 4, Humphreys 4, Bell 3, Jackson 2
Thunder ATL Blue 75
Scott’s All*Stars 47
Scorers: Drew Bell 10, Scott 8, Jay Labadie 8, Humphreys 3, Jackson 2, William Richardson 2
Jacksonville Knicks 74
Scott’s All-Stars 58