Coach Ed Addie's 7th Grade Force team won its second straight 8th grade tournament in as many weeks, capturing the championship in the Fight or Flight Basketball "Brawl In The Upstate" event Sunday in Greenville, S.C.
Down two starters -- Vaud Worthy and Darian Bell -- and missing 6th man JaQuail Brown, the Force beat a tough, athletic Team Promise (S.C.) team in the semifinals and defeated Team United's formidable 7th grade team in the championship. Team United finished No. 11 in the nation at the 2012 AAU Division I national tournament.
Addie's team won its fifth tournament title this season in seven events entered. The Force reached the championship game of the other two events.
Pictured left to right
Back Row: Coach Edward Addie, Jerald Blue, Elijiah Brown, Josh Barnette, Anthony Chaffey, asst. coach Mike Praeger
Front Row: Chase Praeger, JC Tharrington, Trey Wertz, Eito Yuminami
Tom Mitchell's QCAA Red 4th Grade team went 4-0 on the weekend to win the Carolina Hoop Dreams Classic.
The 4th grade Red won all four of its games by double digits and defeated the Palmetto City Hurricanes 49-21 in the championship game.
The 5th Grade QCAA Force "Blue" team became the second team within the organization to win a United States Basketball Association national championship July 23.
The QCAA Blue defeated the Virginia All Stars 50-48 to win the championship in Myrtle Beach. In 2009, the QCAA "Red" team won the USBA title. The Red team was in the semifinals in 2010 before finishing a Carolinas' best top 16 at the AAU Division I nationals in July 2011.
The Blue won its national title in dramatic fashion.
Left-hander Gary Drummings drove to the basket and made a layup while getting fouled. HIs free throw tied the game with 50 seconds left.
Later, JB Truesdale hit two free throws to put the Force ahead by two points. It was QCAA's first lead of the game. With four seconds left, the All Stars had two free throws to tie the game, but missed both.
The Force Blue earned a first-round bye as the tournament’s second seed after going 3-1 in pool play.
Back row (from left): Coach Ricky Grimes, Joel Wissell (11) of Huntersville, Blake Wilson (11) of Gastonia, Connor Hammond (12) of Charlotte, Will Turner (11) of Charlotte and coach David Amigo.
Middle row (from left): Gary Drummings (11) of Gastonia, JB Truesdale (11) of Charlotte, Caleb Grimes (11) of Charlotte and Kyle Austin (11) of Charlotte.
Front row (from left): Michael McKoy (11) of Charlotte, Kyle Wood (12) of Charlotte, Josh Amigo (11) of Fort Mill.
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