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Cagers win Function at the Junction Championship

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The Carolina Cagers, a local AAU travel basketball team, won the championship within their age division in the I-95 and I-20 Magic City’s Function at the Junction NCAA Showcase. The tournament, attended by numerous college scouts, was held in Florence July 22,-July 26, and featured team and individual trophies, along with slam dunk, three-point, and free throw contests.
The Cagers, comprised of 16U and 17U players from the Lowcountry, won their second championship in three years. “This was the first major tournament that we’ve competed in since the passing of Dr. William Dixon Jr.,” said Jay Davis, Colleton County Middle School Athletic Director. “His 16U team combined with my 17U team to compete in this event.” According to Davis the championship was won in front of a number of NCAA coaches including Georgia, Virginia, Coastal Carolina and Coker College.
Davis’ team managed to not only win the championship, but to also snag all of the individual awards, as well. Local player De’lajae Ferguson won the 3-Point contests. Woodland’s Mikel Shuler, who Davis calls a “future star,” won the Free Throw contest and Branchville High School “phenom,” Lydell Elmore won the Dunk Contest with one attempt. Wade Hampton’s Kevin Dunbar captured the MVP honor for the tournament. “I have been able to combine surrounding area players, in addition to Colleton County’s elite, to build one of the best AAU organizations in the Southeast,” said Davis.
The tournament was broadcast on Comcast in Atlanta and Virginia. “I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support,” said Davis. “We are going to be a force to be dealt with in the future.” The Cagers will next compete in an elite showcase in September.

Cindy Crosby (1035 Posts)