|New Birth Warriors-37-4|
Playing in their final tournament of the season, Scott Bradley’s New Birth Warriors finished with a bang, after their 61-59 victory over Kentucky Premiere at the Ohio Players President’s Day Tournament in Cincinnati on Sunday. After having fallen to Kentucky Premier 55-53 earlier in pool play, the Warriors had to over come an 8-point deficit in order to claim the 6th grad crown. New Birth was down about 2 points late when Carter Reece knocked down a trey to but the Warriors ahead for good.
The Warriors’ 5-1 tournament record contributed to an impressive 37-4 season long record and put a final stamp of approval on the season. Standouts for New Birth included Davion Bridges (5’6/WF/2023/Columbus), who dropped 22 points in the championship game, Mahjaei Cunningham (5’5/CG/2023/Westerville), who went for 21 points in the semi-finals and Bedi Lori (5’6/WF/2023/Caldwell), who averaged 10 points per game throughout the tournament.
We had a chance to talk with Jeff Hamilton, Head Coach for Kentucky Premiere, and he could not have been more complimentary of the Warriors. “They [New Birth] play with a lot of intensity. We respect Coach Bradley and his players. We were the best 2 teams playing and both teams played very well,” said Hamilton. Standouts for Kentucky Premiere included: Ayden Hamilton (5’7/WF/2023/Campbell County, KY), Caleb Washington (5’10/C/2023/Florence, KY), Landen Hamilton (4’10/PG/2023/Hebron, KY) and Carter Krohman (5’2/PG/2023/Walton, KY).
Because this weekend’s event was the last time Bradley would coach this group of kids, he was reflective on the season. “We had a fun season. This is a great group of kids who really got up and down the court and played with great defensive intensity. We averaged 70 points per game [on the season],” said Bradley. Congratulations to Coach Bradley, his players, coaching staff and parents for a great season!