08/11/2011 2:18 PM
The 16u Bulls Premier team packed their bags and headed down to Lake Buena Vista, Florida to compete in the AAU D-I National Tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex. This was their final tournament of the year so the team was looking to give it their all, and leaving everything they had out on the court.
The team got off to a great start by defeating the Florida Heat of Tampa, FL 77-43. This 34 point victory helped the Bulls gain some confidence as they headed into their second pool play game. Unfortunately they lost their second game to the Expressions Elite from Rhode Island 55-45. It was a close game but the Elite proved too much for the Bulls. However, the team bounced back with authority and shut down the Atlanta Select, a very tough team from Georgia. The score was 61-54 and good enough for a second place finish in pool play, giving the Bulls Premier a chance to play in the championship bracket.
Now that the bracket was set, it was time for the Bulls to get down to business. But again, after playing a great game and coming out on top, the Bulls dropped their first bracket game to the Carolina Elite 57-46. “It was a sloppy game with bad decisions down the stretch,” said Victor Agapay, Head Coach of the Bulls Premier. The next game turned out to be their second rebound game of the tournament as they defeated a talented team from Connecticut 50-38. This win against the Select was very pleasing as the Bulls Premier played a nearly flawless game. According to the coaching staff, great defense and limited turnovers were the keys to this win that kept their championship dreams alive.
Like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end at some point. The Bulls Premier squad was eliminated from the tournament with a 52-48 overtime loss to the Southern Georgia Kings. Once again the decision making down the stretch cost the team a shot at the championship. The final game was a lesson to the team on how to close out and finish a tightly played game.
Overall the season for the 16u Bulls Premier team was nothing less than spectacular. Congratulations go out to a team that finished the year 32-17, won three championships (AAU State Championship, AAU Super Regional Championship, and HOF Bronze Bracket Championship), and had several final four finishes. Good luck to all the players in their upcoming high school season!