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De­fense was a strong suit for the Hoyas in the YBOA Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, as it has been all through their run be­gin­ning in the Newton County rec league.

“We are able to make a lot of ad­just­ments to what the other team is do­ing, and most times we are able to come out and im­pose our will on other teams,” Sims said. “We do a lot of trap­ping, and play a lot of pres­sure de­fense, which leads to a lot of turnovers and a lot of layups on the other end.”

The Hoyas rely on speed from al­most all of their eight play­ers in ap­ply­ing pres­sure through­out the game on both sides of the court.

Also adding to the Hoyas’ suc­cess is the fact that the kids are com­fort­able play­ing to­gether, and have de­vel­oped chem­istry be­yond just play­ing bas­ket­ball to­gether. Con­sist­ing of all Newton County el­e­men­tary stu­dents, the Hoyas are not only team­mates and school mates but also play to­gether on the Sims’ coached travel foot­ball league team. Some of the play­ers have been on the same team since 4 years old.

This is the first year the team has moved past the NCRC and into re­gional and na­tional play with the AAU. The tran­si­tion has been made pos­si­ble, not only by the play­ers’ tal­ent, but also by par­ents who have helped with the travel and the added cost of the YBOA.

“This is the best group of par­ents I have ever dealt with,” Sims said.

The Cov­ing­ton Hoyas will re­main play­ing to­gether, with some added play­ers, in sum­mer tour­na­ments, a fall league in Henry County and back to the win­ter league with the NCRC, be­fore re­turn­ing to AAU ball.

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