So far, NYBL teams have dominated at the D-I 6th grade AAU Nationals in Virginia Beach, VA. In fact, of the 13 NYBL teams participating in the tournament, 12 of them have advanced to the championship bracket. In addition, 8 of the 12 teams finished first in their pool with 3-0 records.
All-Ohio Red finished pool play 3-0 with wins over VA Select (70-28), Florida Panthers (60-29), and Team Takeover Jamison (91-58). Carolina Preps breezed through pool play 3-0 with victories over the Georgia Stars (78-36), N.O. Rising Stars (64-35) and Team Providence (72-24). Deron Williams Elite was also perfect in pool play with wins over Team FOE (62-18), SO LA-ATR (46-30) and Georgia Heat (64-12). The SC Hornets were a perfect 3-0 with wins over the Louisiana Jaguars (68-28), Team YCP Hoyas (69-37) and Chick Webb/B-More Finest (44-33). Southern Stampede went 3-0 in pool play with victories over ACAD Prep (56-47), Minneapolis F.A.B. (66-37) and Diamonds in the Rough (59-34).
ETU Select will carry a 3-0 record to bracket play with wins over the Aiken Warriors (55-26), College Park Express (61-57) and Indiana Elite Force (39-24). E1T1 finished pool play 3-0 with victories over Middle TN Impact (55-48), LA Razorbacks Elite (42-38) and Metrolina Havoc (55-41). Carolina Chaos finished pool play 3-0 with wins over the Atlanta Celtics Black (62-37), a forfeit win over TN-EOTO and DC Assault (69-50). The Upstate Warriors finished 2-1 with a 47-43 win over M.A.D.E. Elite, a 60-41 win over the Tidewater Wildcats and a 49-45 loss to the Broward Sharks.
The Metro Flyers will take a second place pool finish to bracket play after a 51-42 win over the Metro Sixers, a 57-34 win over the Georgia Red Storm Red and a 40-46 loss to Team Teague JTO. New Heights finished second in their pool with a 2-1 record which included a 58-45 win over the Milwaukee Spartans, a 53-47 loss against the Reach Higher Kings and a 71-41 win over M33M Elite. Team Izod/Sports U finished 2-1 with a 46-30 win over South Piedmont, a 47-45 loss to the SC Raptors and a 59-56 win over the Tennessee Legends.
The 6th Man Warriors were the only NYBL team that failed to punch their ticket to the championship bracket. However, they could rebound from an unfortunate situation and run the table in the Classic Bracket. It should be noted that the Warriors actually won 2 pool games, but a discrepancy involving a player’s release from a prior team and a successful protest led to them forfeiting their first game. Consequently, they finished 1-2 and was relegated to the Classic Bracket.