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Local teams stand tall on national bball court

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:13 PDT, Wed August 7, 2019

Four days of intense action ended Monday with a pair of Richmond basketball teams netting national championships.

Four days of intense action ended Monday with a pair of Richmond basketball teams netting national championships.

Jonathan Downton and Travis Hamberger combined for 43 points to power the Shooting Stars U16 Purple past Rock Elite of Newfoundland 82-65 in the U16 Elite championship final at the 2019 Bball Nationals Boys Tournament held at Langley Events Centre.

Downtown earned game MVP honors, while Hamberger scored 17 of his points in the second half as the Shooting Stars built on their 37-31 halftime lead. They outscored the Maritime opponents 33-9 over the final two quarters.

Michael Kitka contributed four three-pointers among his 13 points for the Shooting Stars, and Zyken San Felipe had 12 points; one of four Stars to hit double figures.

Rock Elite was led by a game-high 26 points from Liam Dalton and 17 points from Ethan Vey.

Richmond’s MacHoops also capped the weekend with a first-place finish, as they topped Northern Bounce 68-50 in the U18 All-Star final.

MacHoops was down momentarily early, but reeled off the next 14 points and never looked back. The game was a rematch of round-robin play on Sunday, when Northern Bounce wrapped up first play with a 5-0 record thanks to a 51-50 victory.

But in the rematch, Usman Tung earned the game MVP award with a 21-point effort while Hudson Swaim had 10 points.

Caleb Lyons and Cam Sale scored 18 points apiece to lead Northern Bounce.

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