Ohio has 4 representatives at the D-I 6th grade AAU Nationals in Hampton, VA. this week and all 4 teams are off to a good start. The Pickerington Wildcats, King James Shooting Stars, SMAC U and Murphy AC are all headed to championship bracket play with 2-1 pool play finishes.
The Wildcats defeated D Squad (41-18) in their opening game; lost to the Broward Co Cougars (63-49), then beat the Charlotte Rivals 52-30. Allen Henderson’s squad will face New Renaissance tomorrow at 1:00pm.
King James got out of the gates quickly with wins over the Garden City All-stars (60-47), and Team Felton (68-49). King James would finish pool play with a 56-44 loss to the Gulf Coast Blue Chips. The Shooting Stars will face the Running Rebels at 11:40am tomorrow morning.
SMAC U started slow and was downed by Indiana’s George Hill 54-37 in their opening game, but bounced back with 2 wins against Atlanta Worldwide (56-39) and the Alexandria Titans (63-50). SMAC U will square off against Caveman Carmody at 10:20am.
Murphy AC dropped their opening contest against Izod/Sports U (65-44), but regained their footing with victories over Team Sneed (forfeit) and Illinois Gold Rush Wildcats (51-35). Coach Kevin Jackson’s team will open championship bracket play at 9:00am against the Texas Celtics.