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C.A.G.E.R.S. make a good showing at Nationals

The Carolina C.A.G.E.R.S. 8TH and 10th grade teams made a good showing at the National Travel Basketball Association Championships in greater Myrtle Beach, July 23-27.

The 8th grade team, coached by Dr. William Dixon Jr., finished second in their pool, losing their opening round game to the Charlotte (NC) Nets 62 to 63 in overtime. However, the team won their next two games convincingly out scoring their next two opponents, the Maryland Mavericks 80-60, and the Durham Bullz (NC) All Starz 63-38. Because of finishing second in their pool, the 8th grade C.A.G.E.R.S. qualified for the Gold Bracket of the national championships but suffered a 42-59, setback to the Greenville (SC) Tarheels. Dixon was assisted by Kevin Baker.

The 10th grade team, coached by Jay Davis, tied for third in their pool but came up with two big victories. The 10th grade C.A.G.E.R.S. loss their opening game 38-52 to the East Coast All Stars. The team rebounded to beat the CCA Tarheels 54-50, and were defeated by the Greater Bibleway Kings 52-65. The team qualified for the Silver Bracket of the National Championships, winning the opening round of bracket play with a big 69-52 victory. The team lost their final game to the Brown Electrical Suns of Augusta, Georgia 40-60. The Brown Electrical Suns won the silver bracket National Champions. Davis was assisted by Mitchell Dixon.

Eighth grade team members who competed in the national championships were Mikel Shuler, Deiajae Ferguson, Tyler Gant, D’Marcus Dixon, Jermari Stephens, Latrell Jenkins, Justin Williams, Bruce Benjamin, Javon Williams Ronald Summers, and British Adams. Austin Holmes, Trey Murray, AJ Bellamy, Tyree Johnson, Damion Petote, James Ford, Navar Elmore, Lydell Elmore, and Joshua Ginn round out the roster for the 10th grade team.

The highlight of the National Championships was a team visit to Coastal Carolina University. The college visit included tours of academic and athletic facilities at the Conway based school. National Championship sponsors included Walmart, Honorable Pat Grant, Genes for Glory, Progressive Dentistry of Summerville, Tyrone Gilmore of Michelin, Brian and Sabrina Johnson, Bank of Walterboro, Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, Koger’s Mortuary, Southern Style Barber Shop, Woodland High School Booster Club, Colleton Ministerial Alliance, and Beaufort AME Church District. The organization thanks all sponsors, parents, and community supporters.


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