|Cap City Cardinals' Trey Pugh|
Congratulations to the Capital City Cardinals and the Dayton Pilots for placing 5th and 7th, respectively out of 68 teams participating in the 6th grade D-II AAU Nationals in Virginia Beach, VA. Both teams finished pool play unblemished at 3-0, then lost their 3rd round games. The Capital City Cardinals lost to the Saginaw Panthers 46-41, and the Pilots were defeated by the Illinois Speed 44-37. Ironically, the Cardinals and Pilots met in the first round of the quarter final consolation bracket. The Cardinals won the game 42-40 before downing the N.Ky Tarheels (50-44) to take 5th place. According to coach Tony Freeman, the Cardinals' success at the nationals, "Was a team effort." The top players on that team include: Trey Pugh, Ryan Teaks, Garcia Dixon and Dylan Dupler. The Pilots bounced back with a 47-41 win over the Kazoo Blues to claim 7th place. Columbus' OIC Dynasty and the Cincinnati Bull Dogs will begin play at the D-I AAU Nationals in Virginia Beach today.