Sandhills Machine 2024 (Seventh Grade) competed at the High Point Stars Basketball Winter National Championship Saturday in Winston-Salem.
Sandhills Machine 2024 players had two days to practice their man-to-man defensive principles, and the time spent was well worth it since they faced three teams all loaded with 3-point range sharpshooters.
Two days wasn’t enough time to go in depth into plays, so they focused on read and react from the double elbow (4 high) and a basic box baseline out of bounds play. The final task was running the press break correctly and efficiently, and the coaching staff made it more difficult for the offense by placing additional defenders on the court.
Enroute to the championship game, Sandhills Machine achieved wins over King Mountain Blaze 54-6 and Backyard Ballers 69-30. Sandhills Machine upset a very sharp and well coached Pilot Press 45-25 to be crowned the HPSB Winter National Champions.
The championship game scoring was well rounded with three players (J. Davis, J. Sturdivant, M. White) all contributing eight points, B. Hackett six assist, S. Sutton five assist and both J. Davis and J. Sturdivant with seven rebounds a piece.
Da’Von Murphy graciously accepted the MVP, but this was a team effort with each player bringing energy and making the correct basketball decision for the team at the right time.
Sandhills Machine is a non-profit for the youth in the community.
For more information about the organization, please click on link: http://tshq.bluesombrero.com/sandhillsmachine
Feature photo: Front row: Malachy White, Jyveese Bostic, Da’Von Murphy, Brandyn Hackett, Davion Riggins, Trent Hilburn. Back row: Coach Germann Bostic, Jared Davis, Jaylen Sturdivant, Brandon Graham, Salah Sutton, Jaylin Morgan, Latrell Allmond, Coach Cash Sutton.