To say the Coastal Crew 12-under Rebels basketball team is having a successful season would be an understatement.
In the Rebels’ first four tournaments, they finished second and earned a bid to the national Youth Basketball Association of America tournament July 29-Aug.4 in Lakeland, Fla.
This past weekend, the Rebels got over the hump and won their first tournament, going 4-0 in the Florida Sunshine State Classic in Jacksonville.
The Rebels rained on the seven Florida teams’ parade and showed them that the boys in Georgia know how to play basketball.
Led by shooting guard Micheal Farrior Jr.’s 24 points, the Rebels defeated the Jacksonville All-Stars 67-45 in the championship game. Nine other Rebels scored in the win.
Farrior, a sixth-grader at Midway Middle School, was a force the entire tournament, averaging 14.5 points a game and leading the Rebels in scoring all four games.
“He’s a really good kid and well-mannered,” Rebels coach Derrick Brooks Sr. said. “He looks to be our next superstar out of this county. He was the most poised player we had and he exhibited leadership and overall he’s an outstanding kid.”
Farrior led 11 Rebels with 11 points in the first game, a 51-32 win over One Love from Quincy, Fla.
In the second game, the Rebels easily disposed of the Jacksonville Knicks, 61-24. Farrior and Aaron Scott led the Rebels with 10 points apiece.
The Rebels shared the rock, as 12 players scored.
The Rebels exhibited more teamwork in their third game, as 13 players scored to defeat the Jacksonville Cavaliers, 58-32. Farrior scored 13.
“We had placed second in the four previous tournaments and this was their first one winning and the attitude they displayed going down there was ‘we’re going to win’,” Brooks said. “They went out and performed. Defensively, we outshined every team that was out there.”
The Rebels return to Jacksonville June 1-3 for the First Coast Shootout.