Monday, April 23, 2012

Blue Dogs win 105th, 106th titles over the weekend


The Kansas City Blue Dogs AAU basketball program won their 105th title all-time as a program this weekend.

Hours later, the program won title 106.

The Blue Dogs 8th Grade team prevailed in a local tournament sponsored by ADIDAS, while the 9th Grade team in the program conquered the Bears of Tomorrow tournament at William Chrisman High School on Sunday.

Point-guard play by Kendall Dale was one of the reasons why the Blue Dog ninth-graders won the title, according to head coach Derrick Estelle. Estelle also said the play of Kalem Harrison, James McNeal and William Jefferson was critical to the victory.

"Those guys helped us set the tone for the game," Estelle said. "James hit three straight three-point shots when we were down 12. William Jefferson's rebounding came alive in overtime."

During the ninth-grade game, Harrison displayed tremendous athleticism on the boards and defense, while also earning a dunk in the game.

It was the first title for the ninth-grade team in the program. Meanwhile, the beat goes on for the eighth grade team.

In two separate tournaments last weekend, they went 7-1 and claimed one championship.


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