Sandhills Machine, a youth national travel basketball program, competed at the Youth Sports Athletic League National Championship in Durham on June 30 – July 1.
Sandhills Machine 2024, 6th grade division, was handed their only lost in pool play by CPA Heat 51-46. The team came together and made suggestions on adjustments that had to be made to beat them.
As everyone in attendance anticipated, the 6th grade division championship would come down to SHM 2024 vs CPA Heat.
SHM 2024 defeated CPA Heat on July 1 to win the YSAL National Championship 52-48. Defense was the key to this win with the entire team’s ability to stop dribble drives and recover to contest jump shots.
Front row: Mikhi Nobles, Davion Riggins, Daylen Bumbrey, Brandon Graham, Da’Von Murphy, Jyveese Bostic
Back row: Salah Sutton, Jaylen Sturdivant, Jared Davis, Jaylin Morgan, Trent Hilburn.
The team was led by Davion Riggins’ 11 points, Salah Sutton’s 8 assist, Jaylin Morgan’s 11 rebounds along with each player making the correct basketball decision for the team at the right time.
SHM 2024 took home championship recognition last month when the team competed at the Teammate Basketball National Championship on June 20 – 24 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The team won the championship in the NCAA Division by defeating TipOff TN, 61-56.
“This is a special group of young men,” said Coach Cash Sutton. “Our preparation is focused on developing high basketball IQs which leads to making sound decisions on the court and in life.”
These young men can be seen live and in action July 28th at The Assembly Line Championship played at Sandhills Community College, The O’Neal School and surrounding gyms.
Feature photograph: Front row: Mikhi Nobles, Daylen Bumbrey, Da’Von Murphy, Jyveese Bostic, Davion Riggins, Trent Hilburn. Back row: Coach Cash Sutton, Brandon Graham, Jaylin Morgan, Jared Davis, Jaylen Sturdivant, Salah Sutton.