Sandhills Machine U16 and U13 teams both finished up a long weekend of basketball by winning championships recently at the United States Speciality Sports Association (AlwaysLive) North Carolina State Championships in Greensboro.
The Sandhills Machine U16 squad, coached by Howard Coe, was outmanned and undersized throughout the tournament, but they found a way to be successful with tenacious defense, mixed with a barrage of three-point field goal and relentlessly attacking the other teams’ bigger players.
It was a team effort led by Omarian Morrison, who was selected the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
“For three years this championship has been so elusive to five of the players — Zayvion Brown, Darion Young, Raequan Harrington, Morrison, Quintin Hockaday,” said coach Cash Sutton, who is also president of the Sandhills Machine organization. “Their accomplishment brought warmth to my heart and water to my eyes!”
The Sandhills Machine U13 came up big in a triple overtime to seal their three-peat as USSSA NC State Champions.
They were led by Jared Davis, who was selected the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Davis acknowledged that it was truly a team effort.
Sandhills Machine U13 team is something special as they continue to bring major championships back to the Sandhills. They are five-time national champions and three-time state champions. As teammates they continue to build upon their culture of winning, according to Cash.