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2013 Easter Classic Crowns Champs

(Youth1 Basketball) – Youth basketball’s unofficial kickoff to the spring season took place this past weekend in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The AAU Easter Classic is an annual event open to teams comprised of student-athletes currently in 3rd through 12th grade. This year’s tournament featured 24 total divisions. Below is a recap of the three middle school-age Division I pools. Keep an eye out for many of the champions named below, as they should be in the hunt for an AAU national championship this summer.    

8th Grade Division I
This 13-team premier division had four undefeated teams after pool play including E1T1 Future, Miami City Ballers, Brevard Elite, and the Gainesville Kings. The Ballers were the most impressive squad heading into single-elimination play, scoring 78 points, while allowing just 38 in their two victories.

In bracket play, the Wellington Wolves impressed after their 1-1 pool mark. They won two consecutive games, including an upset of E1T1 Future, 64-53, before falling to the Gainesville Kings in the semifinals. The Ballers backed up their pool performance by going all the way to the championship game. They defeated the Florida Elite 2017, 52-22, and Brevard Elite, 50-46, en route to a showdown against the Kings. The championship tilt was close and competitive, as expected. In the end, the Gainesville Kings squeaked out a 74-71 win, earning the championship title.

7th Grade Division Ifloridaphenoms
This division was broken down by four, three-team pools. Each squad played two contests in round-robin style before being seeded in an elimination bracket.

The Florida Phenoms won three consecutive games to ultimately hoist the trophy, beating Florida Family Purple, 53-47, in the final. The Phenoms path to the title started with a second round game against Tampa Heat 2018, where they narrowly escaped, 58-56. They followed it up with a comfortable 13-point victory over the Florida Force.  

6th Grade Division I
Once pool play began, the Brevard Bulls and Jacksonville Magic were on a collision course for the trophy. Both teams won their pool games, going a combined 5-0 and outscoring their opponents 55-41 (Bulls) and 52-38 (Magic).  

In single-elimination games, the Bulls beat E1T1, 52-38, after receiving a bye and then took down Cats FG, 47-38, in the semifinals. The Magic beat the Q6 Cobras, 66-51, and the Florida Force, 56-50, in the semifinals. The championship game was decided by the narrowest margins, as the Magic defeated the Bulls, 47-46.

Congratulations to all the winners who are off to a great start to their spring and summer seasons.


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