The Durham Bullz All-Starz won a tournament championship at the recent 2014 National Basketball Travel Association tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Bullz’s two teams – comprised of sixth- and eighth-graders – were among 300 teams to participate in the tourney.
Teams were divided into age groups and brackets. After four days of pool play, the All-Starz were named champions of the sixth-grade Silver bracket.
“The championship was a total team effort with big play from Derek Ortiz, Jaaron Warren and Torry Truelock,” said coach Andre Jones, who founded the team in 2007. “The team is battle tested, and it showed at the NBTA national championship event.”
After losing the first two games of pool play, the All-Starz bounced back with four consecutive wins.
The first victory, over Virginia’s Stafford Storm, came in the last round of the pool-play competition. That was followed by playoff wins over the Virginia Warriors of Roanoke, Va.; a forfeit win against the South Carolina Heat; another win over YKD Kings of Gastonia; and the 46-43 championship victory against Tri-County Impact of Charleston, S.C.
“We made good decisions,” said Torry, 12. “We are coached to communicate on the court.”
The Bullz are former members of the Durham Parks and Recreation youth league.
Bullz coaches decided to expose the players to competition outside of Durham. This year the team has participated in tournaments in South Carolina, Virginia, and in various cities in North Carolina. Travel is kept to locations within two to three hours of Durham.
For more information about the program, call (919) 685-5454.
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