|Worldwide Wildcats-7th Grade Champions|
Even with the addition of nationally ranked Shamar Morrow, Jason Harris and Donovan Billings, Nightrydas Elite's super squad could not get it done this past weekend against the 2020 Worldwide Wildcats at the John Lucas All-Star Weekend tournament in the Big Easy. A combination of size in the post and pressure defense were keys to the victory. The Wildcats dispatched the DI Shooters in the semi-finals before taking out Nightrydas Elite in the championship game 71-62, while the Nightrydas got by the NYBL’s God First Crusaders to advance to the championship game.
One of the elite 2020 teams in the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) last year, the Wildcats have established themselves as one of the elite teams in the class, but their win over stacked Nightrydas Elite has to make them one of the favorites to win the NYBL National Championship this year. The big three of Khalil Brantley, Justin Powell and Chase Ellis powered the Wildcats to the upset win.
|Oakland Solders-6th Grade Champions|
A shout out goes to Josh Woodson and his Nike Team Texas team for grabbing the gold in the 2019 division 79-58. The dynamic duo of Chris Harris and Davion Harmon proved to be too much for the Louisiana Red Storm. Finally, the Oakland Solders, who flew in their own nationally ranked studs in Zion Harmon and Jaden Springer, easily defeated Team Takeover in the championship game of the 6th grade division. In the semifinal game, Oakland matched up with the Nightrydas and advanced to the final game on the strength of a 14 point victory. For the record, the Nightrydas brought in elite talent from around the country with Seth Wilson, Kennedy Chandler, Johnathon Lawson and Donnell Harris. Look for the Oakland to be one of the better teams in the NYBL this season.