|2025 New Birth Wairriors-Dayton Airmen MLK Tourney Champions|
With their 3-0 run at the Dayton Airmen MLK Tournament in Dayton this past weekend, Scott Bradley’s New Birth Warriors squad not only took home the 6th grade championship on Monday, but they also ran their overall season record to an impressive 24-0.
Because of poor weather conditions on Saturday, the Warriors were unable to participate in their 2- pool games on Saturday. Consequently, they were seeded last in the division, and needed a 3-game run on Monday to claim the title.
New Birth’s trek to the title included wins over Team Dayton Blue (38-18), Northridge Heat (36-14), and Ohio Kings (50-42). The Warriors were led in scoring by the outstanding play of Arness Lawson who averaged 18 points per game over the weekend. In the championship game, Lawson led all scorers with a game-high 18 points, and was described as “unstoppable,” according to Coach Bradley. Finally, with his 18-point average on Monday, Lawson has now moveed up to 4th place on New Birth's all-time scoring list with 734 points over 2 seasons. Also playing well for the Warriors were JR Bates, Jaylen Sims and Mykell Murphy.
According to Bradley, his team “started slow with the first game, but by the championship game, we were clicking on all cylinders.” In the championship game, the Warriors had to get by a very talented Ohio kings team, while contending with a standing room only crowd and a hostile environment. Next up for the Warriors is the President’s Day tournament in Cincinnati in a few weeks. Congratulations to New Birth on their championship run!