|All-Ohio Red-Indy Gardens Gold Medal Invitational Champs|
DeMarko Bradley’s 6th grade All-Ohio Red squad ran through the competition at the Indy Gardens Gold Medal Invitational in Fishers, Indiana over the weekend. As a tune up for the NYBL in Maryland this weekend, Bradley’s team finished 6-0, and notched impressive wins over the Hoosier State’s top teams.
Because the tournament had a super pool in the 6th grade division, All-Ohio jumped right in the heat with pool games against arguably the top 2 teams in the state, in the G3 Hoosiers and Raw Hoops. Right out of the box, and in front of a packed crowd, Red matched up against the Hoosiers and proceeded to handle them easily to the tune of a 78-57 victory. In game two, Bradley’s team crushed Raw Hoops 70-40. It’s important to note that both teams featured national ranked players, and are widely considered nationally ranked teams.
In the opening round of bracket play All-Ohio drew a forfeit from the Indiana Thunder (they probably knew the deal), before taking down the Illinois Raptors 90-25. The semi-final game featured a showdown with another of Indiana’s top teams, the Jeff Teague All-Stars. As was the case with their previous opponents, Jeff Teague proved to be no match, as they fell to All-Ohio 70-55.
The championship game featured a rematch with the G3 Hoosiers, the defending AAU National Champions. This time around, a sluggish start found Red down 19-7 to the Hoosiers before Bradley turned up the defensive intensity with their patterned full-court press. After erasing the early deficit, and with a little more than 1 minute left in the contest and the game tied at 38, Jerome Frances drained a trey to give All-Ohio a lead they would not relinquish. Red would go onto to win 50-40. Congratulations to the All-Ohio red players, coaches and parents for making Ohio proud!