This past weekend’s Thanksgiving Shootout in Dayton proved
to be just that, a shootout, as Carlos Davis’ RFL Lakers were able to hold off
Scott Bradley’s New Birth Warriors to claim a 35-34 victory in the 6th
grade division finals. Entering the championship game with a 3-0 record, the
Lakers raced out to an early 9-point lead. However, by halftime, the Columbus
based Warriors had whittled the lead to only 4 points. The start of the second half saw New Birth
gain early momentum with their own 9-0 run; however, by midway through the
second half the Warriors would be plagued by turnovers and missed point blank
opportunities as the Lakers maintained their composure and went on to collect
the 1-point win. Standout performers for the Lakers included Andre Simmons (5’1/P/SG/2022) who
finished with a game-high 11 points and Justin
Wympe (4’9/PG/2022) who added 8 points. New Birth was paced by Robert Dorsey (10 points), Drey Carter (8 points), and Alex Styles (4 points and 10 rebounds).
Congratulations to both teams for
making the championship game.