An overtime loss prevented the St. James Coastal Crew 12U Rebels basketball team from playing in the championship last weekend at a tournament in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Head coach Dana King Jr., reported his team went 2-2 overall, winning their first two games, losing their third game by six points and falling in the semi-finals, a five point loss in overtime.
King said they played the Carolina Cougars in game one, winning 65-46.
In that matchup Ja’hiem “Turtle” Hudson sank 28 points, and had 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Aziyah Wescott chipped in 14 points and 5 assists; Jabari O’neal also scored 14 points, had 8 assists and 4 steals. Brandon Helgren scored 4 points and 12 rebounds.
In game two, the Rebels beat the South Carolina Hawks, 58-21.
Hudson had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Wescott added 12 points, 4 assists and 2 steals. Helgren scored 2 points and made 10 rebounds.
King added that several Rebels scored in that game.
The boys fell to Port City Select, 70-64, in game three.
Hudson had a strong push, scoring 35 points and 22 rebounds. Ronald Edwards chipped in 11 points and had 8 rebounds.
Helgren nabbed 8 rebound. Wescott drained in 10 points and 9 assists. And Kareem Williams Jr. chipped in 4 points.
The boys went on to the semi-final against the South Carolina Ballers. King said it was hard fought and went into overtime before the Rebels fell 65-60.
Edwards scored 11 points and nabbed 3 rebounds. Wescott added 5 points and 4 assists. O’neal sank 11 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Hudson led in scoring again with 26 points and 18 rebounds. Helgren chipped in one shot from the line and grabbed 14 rebounds. Neal Brown and Trevon Coleman each scored 4 points.
“I am proud of the boys,” King said. “Their execution has gotten better. We will be ready for Nationals.”
The Rebels are headed to the Jay Williams Tournament July 17-19 in Charlotte, North Carolina.