Yancey 6th Grade Basketball Team Going to NTBA National Championship
Pictured L-R front is Nathaniel Ledford, Jalen Branton and Adam Keever. L-R rear is Justus Shelton, Callin Randolph, Cole Sheehan, Lucas Jenkins and Logan Higgins. The Yancey County Cougars 6th Grade Basketball team traveled to Morganton, NC on May 10-11 to compete in the Basketball of the Carolinas (NTBA) State Championships. After going 3-0 in pool play on Saturday with convincing wins over their opponents, the Cougars carried their momentum into bracket play on Sunday. The team wasted little time in doing away the Eagle Flight Elite Team from Denver, NC, scoring a team high for the year of 89 points, in the semifinal game. The Cougars met a Morganton Freedom Patriots for the second time in the tournament in the Championship game and came away with a 74-57 win, with great all around contribution from the entire team. The team has now qualified for the NTBA National Championships to be held in Myrtle Beach, SC on July 23-27.
For the season, the team has a 62-1 record against 6th grade competition. They have averaged 58.35 points per game and their opponents have averaged 27.5 points per game. They started their season by playing in a Fall and Winter League in Charlotte. They went 10-0 in the league against 6th grade competition. They lost two single digit games to the eventual 6th grade AAU DI state champion Charlotte Elite team. The same Charlotte Elite team later had to forfeit their AAU DI state championship because of ineligible 7th graders playing on their team. The Cougar team has won 11 tournaments to date this year. They have won tournaments in Wilkesboro, Asheville (2), Gray (2), Bristol, Morganton (2), Mitchell, Forest City and Winston-Salem. Their only loss of the year was in pool play round of the Boone Roundball Classic. They lost a 2 point shootout to a red hot shooting Charlotte Nets team that hit 13 of 25 three point shots. The loss placed them in the silver bracket which they went on to win, convincingly. The Pilot Press ended up winning the gold bracket of the Boone Roundball Classic for the fourth time in the past five years. The Press defeated the same Charlotte Elite team (that had to forfeit their AAI DI state championship) by 12 points in the gold bracket championship. The Yancey County Cougars had defeated the Pilot Press team by 18 points earlier in the season in the championship game of the Wilkesboro tournament. Besides the NTBA state championship, the highlight of the Cougars season came in February when they traveled to Winston Salem to play in the Phenom Hoops City Classic. They faced off against some of the premiere 12U AAU teams in Virginia (Team Loaded) and North Carolina (Carolina Preps & Carolina Play Hard) and won all of their games by double digits, including the championship. Rick Lewis (Tyler Lewis’ dad) from the Phenom Hoops Report wrote a neat little article on the Cougar team after their victory in Winston. You can retrieve and read it at: http://phenomhoopreport.com/spotlight-phenom-hoop-cities-champion-12u-yancey-county-cougars/
The team is coached by Anthony Randolph, Marty Branton and Wade Sheehan.