Cov­ing­ton team named national champs

The Covington News - - SPORTS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

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.

Hoyas, 2B

Sub­mit­ted Photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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