|2020 Rebels-King James Champ|
This past weekend, Coach Justin Ferguson’s #10 ranked Rebels Basketball squad ran the gauntlet at the King James Shooting Stars Classic and eventually captured the 8th grade Gold Division title. Over the weekend, the Rebels finished a perfect 6-0, with wins over MVP Dynasty, WV Storm (68-64), Ohio Valley Hidden Gems, VCC Nova, E1T1, and Select (61-51). It should be noted that E1T1 is the #1 ranked team in the state of Florida! Standouts for the Rebels included: Devin Hightower, Nick Ferguson, Garvin Clarke, Tahj Staveskie and Akin Holloman.
Coach Sam Anderson’s #8 ranked Dayton Swish made a run to the semi-finals of the 8th grade Gold division of the Kings James tourney this past weekend before being upended by a team from Canada. During the weekend, the Swish notched wins against Murphy AC (60-61), the Prospectors and teams from Indiana, New York and Toronto. Standouts for the Swish included: Sammy Anderson and Keonte Hughley.
Coach Ryan Holiday’s #19 ranked SMAC Next Level team was the last team standing at the Midwest Classic in Cleveland. In the 8th grade title game, SMAC took down SMAC Pettigrew 56-28. Caleb Payne led SMAC in scoring the entire weekend, averaging 15 points per game.
|All-Ohio Red 2020-Champions|
MVP Dynasty 2023 was rolling through the King Kames Shooting Stars Classic until they ran into Baltimore Thrill in the semi-finals and went down 42-37. Before their exit, the Dayton-based MVP notched wins against NEO Tru Game (51-34), Toledo Wildcats (47-20) and TNBA East (27-24). The leading scorers for the Dynasty were Dre’sean Roberts, Tyron Barnes and Jamison Rivers.
We have to give a shout out to the 2026 Ohio Rebels for their runner-up finish at the King James Shooting Stars Classic over the weekend. The Mansfield-based Rebels were knocked out of the tournament by the Maryland-based New World, one of the top 2nd grade teams in the country. In addition, the Rebels won it all at the Nike Grassroots tournament a few weeks ago. We plan to keep an eye out for these young fellas over the next couple of years.