Covington team named national champs
After tearing through the Newton County Recreation Commission’s 9-10-year-old basketball league, the Covington Hoyas are now national champions.
Following the successful recreation season, the Hoyas entered Youth Basketball of America, an AAU league, to continue playing together and continue winning.
Coached by Damian Sims, the Hoyas won the Cobb County Shootout, the YBOA Georgia Championship and, last week, were crowned YBOA national champions in Orlando.
After arriving at the event late on July 7, the Hoyas were a little sluggish in their opening game at 8:30 a.m. on July 8, falling to the Ascension Heat, out of Louisiana, 30-27 in pool play. Covington then won its next two pool games, putting it in the elimination bracket.
Once in the tournament’s bracket stage, the Covington Hoyas topped the YBON Bobcats, 57-19, and the Royal Knights Basketball Club, 46-37, at Winter Haven High School to earn a spot in the championship game.
On the other side of the bracket were the South Georgia Kings, out of Savannah, who defeated the Ascension Heat in the opening round.
The Kings proved to be of little trouble to the Hoyas, who held another opponent under 20 points, winning the title game 35-18 at Kissimee Community College on Friday.
Earning individual accolades for Covington were Maxwell Calloway as tournament MVP, Notorian Jones and Shawn Smith as all-tournament honorees, and Marques Mitchell as the all-hustle award winner.
The Covington Hoyas, a Newton Recreation Commission basketball team, that participates in AAU games, recently won the Youth Basketball of America National Championship in Orlando.