Excel New Years Invitational Day 2 Recap

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Sunday has always been the day for NFL Football especially when its playoff time, but this Sunday the youth basketball of Texas was the showcase at the Round Rock Sports Center.  With events taking place at both Austin and San Antonio locations I was witness to talent from all over Texas in Austin.

The Purple 6th/7th Grade girls division that would close the gym down was arguably the most competitive with three Austin powerhouses (Austin Vipers, Texas Elite, and the Lady Aztecs) along with the Texas Impact out of Waco, TX. The games between the Austin Vipers, Texas Elite and Texas Impact were all very close and going into the last game Texas Impact had a 2-0 record. They would need to beat a very tough Texas Elite team in order to secure the championship.  Knowing that Texas Elite would need a win to force a three way tie and chance at a championship they jumped out to a 16-4 lead against Texas Impact.  The Austin Vipers took care of business with a 20+ victory against the Lady Aztecs of Austin so they patiently waited for the outcome of the last game of the night.  Texas Impact would make their move at the end of the 1st half to cut the lead to 4.  Their momentum would carry into the 2nd half as they took a 6 point lead early in the half.  Texas Elite fought back but the girls from Waco proved to be too much at the end.  The loss put Texas Elite in 3rd and the Austin Vipers would take 2nd Place.

The Blue 5th grade division in Austin was the biggest but that didn’t stop one of the better 5th grade programs in Texas from placing both of their teams in the championship.  The Shooting 4 Success Storm program has been competing all over the state of Texas making a name for themselves and Sunday they showed that they are the cream of the 5th Grade in Central Texas.  The Championship showdown between the S4S Storm Silver and S4S Storm Black teams pitted dad vs son.  The game was full of amazing highlights from Silver’s Jayven Cofer (19 pts), Brycen Wilkins (11 pts) and Black’s Max Lai (18pts) and Loch Cuttingham (15pts) as they battles all game long.  The lead shifted back and forth, Robin Bramlette (dad) would come up short against his son with S4S Storm Silver edged Black.  A total win for the Shooting 4 Success program

The Silver 8th grade was loaded with high profile teams in the ATX Blazers, San Antonio Blue Devils-Palma,  Texas Warriors, and Dallas Red Warriors.  The Dallas Red Warriors would win a close one against the ATX Blazers that proved to be the most athletic 8th grade teams I have seen in  a while.  The San Antonio Blue Devils outside shooting and overall speed led by twins Brandyn Riojas (15.7 ppg) and Izaiah Riojas (13.2ppg) would prove to be too much for the size of the Texas Warriors setting up a championship between the Dallas Red Warriors and San Antonio Blue Devils.  Now everybody knows I am born and raised in  San Antonio and always as a tournament director I remain bias but I cant tell you how proud I was of the San Antonio guys.  The size and athleticism of the Dallas boys led by the high flying Iyanous Moffett (19.2 ppg) was a challenge for the Blue Devils but with speed and overall hard work they battled and kept it close the entire game.  When the dust cleared the Red Warriors edged out the Blue Devils.

Other Individual Sunday Standouts: Nehikhare Igiehon (ATX Blazers 6b) 26 pts in championship, Caleb Burten (ATX Blazers 6b) 16 pts in championship, Jacob Swoboda (Pfl Shockers 6b) 21 pts in championship, Chello Chapman (Pfl Shockers 7b) 15 pts in championship, Treashaun Leak (Pfl Shockers 7b) 13 pts in championship, Jayden Williams (Tri City Cru 7b) 26 pts in championship, and Jackson Reagan (ATX Force 4b) 17 pts in championship

Other Sunday Austin Champions: Red Division ATX Force, Orange Division ATX Blazers, and Bronze Division Tri City Crusaders

Sunday San Antonio Champions: Orange National SA Hardwork 2022, Bronze Division HD Toros, Silver National Division San Antonio Sun Devils, Lilac Division Laredo Crush, and Lavender Champions San Antonio Thunderbirds.

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