DHBC basketball summer league All-Star Sunday a tremendous success
Published 11:39 pm Monday, July 16, 2018
By Staff Reports
AMERICUS – The Dwight Harris Boys Club Basketball Summer League had its annual All-Star festivities on Sunday afternoon, July 15, at Americus-Sumter Ninth Grade Academy.
It began with the hot shot competition for the seven and eight-year-old all-stars. Jonathan Tyson, who plays for the 8u Warriors, won the competition. This was followed by the three-point competition for the 11u all-stars. To be eligible to participate in the three-point competitions in the 11u, 14u or 17u age group, a player had to have made at least 10 three-pointers between Monday, June 4, the day league play began, and Saturday, July 7.
In the 11u age group, Jaden Tatum of the 11u Cavaliers took home the trophy. In the 14u division, Brandon Pope of the 14u Warriors won the competition. After the 14u three-point competition, there was an all-star game between the 17u All-Stars and the Stewart County High School varsity basketball team. The All-Stars won going away 87-66. Three players on the All-Star team finished in double-figures. Jordan Taylor of the 17u Jazz led the All-Stars with 17 points. Quevolia Willoughby of the 17u Cavaliers had 12 points and Lakeviyon Walker of the 17u Rockets scored 11 points. At halftime of the 17u All-Star Game, the three-point competition for the 17u division took place. Lakeviyon Walker took home the first-place trophy.
After the 17u All-Star Game, there was a game between the coaches. One team dressed in blue and the other team dressed in gold. The gold team won 53-50.
At halftime of the coaches’ game, there was a coaches’ three-point competition. This competition was won by former Americus-Sumter standout and Georgia Southwestern State signee Eric Hall. Hall is the coach of the 14u Warriors.
“The All-Star festivities went extremely well,” DHBC Basketball Summer League Director Dwight Harris said. “A lot of people came out and watched all the players and then the coaches. It went extremely well for the coaches in the blue-gold game. The Coaches do a great service to this community by volunteering their time. They come out and coach the kids. They don’t have to do that because there is no incentive in it for them. They don’t get paid. It’s a commitment thing for the coaches. They have a love for the community and the kids.” Harris went on to say that people who didn’t have anything to do on a Sunday evening decided to come out and support DHBC basketball.
Monday through Wednesday, July 16-18, will be the last three days of regular league play. For the 8u division, the playoffs will actually begin on Wednesday, July 18, at 5 p.m. All of the rest of the age groups will begin post-season play on Thursday, July 19. The post-season tournament will go through Saturday, July 21. All of the championship games for each of the four age groups will be played on Saturday, July 21, at Americus-Sumter Ninth Grade Academy. The 8u Division Championship Game will kick off Championship Saturday at 10 a.m.