Eight young men from T-Town are National Champions

Last updated: July 10. 2014 5:07PM -
By - wmccard@civitasmedia.com



2014 YBOA (Youth Basketball of America) National Champions - 10th grade Crawford County Supersonics - players include; David Marshall (Thomaston), O'qualon Harris (Thomaston), Jeremy Raines (Roberta), Lorenzo Smothers (Buena Vista), Mankieze Moore (Macon), William Jarrell (Macon), Terry McCoy (Macon), Yacht Jones (Warner Robins), Michael Howard (Butler), and Jalen Lowder (Warner Robins), coached by Michael Hardnett (Macon) and Edward Raines (Roberta).
2014 YBOA (Youth Basketball of America) National Champions - 10th grade Crawford County Supersonics - players include; David Marshall (Thomaston), O'qualon Harris (Thomaston), Jeremy Raines (Roberta), Lorenzo Smothers (Buena Vista), Mankieze Moore (Macon), William Jarrell (Macon), Terry McCoy (Macon), Yacht Jones (Warner Robins), Michael Howard (Butler), and Jalen Lowder (Warner Robins), coached by Michael Hardnett (Macon) and Edward Raines (Roberta).
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“Involving or denoting a speed greater than that of sound,” that’s the technical definition of “Supersonic,” and that’s exactly how fast the Crawford County Supersonics ran through their competition on their way to winning three National Championships.


The Crawford County Supersonics are an AAU Basketball Program based out of Roberta, even though nearly half of the eight grade team resides in Thomaston. One member of the ninth grade team and two members of the tenth grade team are also from Thomaston. All three teams recently competed in the YBOA (Youth Basketball of America) National Championship in Orlando, and all three teams were crowned National Champions after the event.


The eighth grade Supersonics finished their 2014 basketball season with an amazing 28-0 record, including a 5-0 record in the National Championship. The team is coached by Thomaston’s Maurice Scott and Salem’s Greg Blassingame, the team consist of Zyrice Scott (Thomaston), Travon Walker (Thomaston), Caleb Raines (Thomaston), Tavias Fagan (Thomaston), Cameron Traylor (Thomaston), Alonte Tarver (Macon), Elinjay Dixon (Butler), Maurice Gordon (Macon), Zytavion Hill (Talbotton), Quintez Battle (Buena Vista), and Marcus Clayton (Roberta).


After winning the State Tournament, the Supersonics defeated All-For-One out of Boston, Massachusetts by a 53-52 score in the first pool game of the National Championship in Orlando, Florida. In games two and three of pool play, the Supersonics defeated the MW Wildcats from Chicago, Illinois by a 57-41 score, and beat the Lakeland Hawks (Florida) by a 53-40 score.


In the first round of bracket play in the National Championship the Supersonics defeated the Vipers from Atlanta by a 62-50 score. In the quarterfinals the Supersonics took care of business in a 53-27 victory over the Thunder from Texas. In the semi-finals of the tournament the Supersonics played their second team from Boston and defeated the Bengals by a 57-54 score.


After comprising a 27-0 record during the 2014 season, the Supersonics took on the Georgia Stars in the YBOA National Championship Game. The Supersonics cruised to a 71-54 victory, and were crowned National Champions.


“These are the same group of kids from Thomaston that won back-to-back Recreational League State Championship a few years ago, and they were part of the ULMS team which won the Championship this past season,” said Coach Maurice Scott. “They have been playing against high level competition together and gaining one experience after another. It should lead to more success for Upson-Lee, having experienced, coach-able players who live for the game of basketball.”


On the High school level, the Crawford Country Supersonics tenth grade team also won the National Championship with two players from Thomaston. The team players are David Marshall (Thomaston), O’qualon Harris (Thomaston), Jeremy Raines (Roberta), Lorenzo Smothers (Buena Vista), Mankieze Moore (Macon), William Jarrell (Macon), Terry McCoy (Macon), Yacht Jones (Warner Robins), Michael Howard (Butler), and Jalen Lowder (Warner Robins). Michael Hardnett (Macon) and Edward Raines (Roberta) are the coaches.


The tenth grade team went a ridiculous 33-0 on the 2014 season, including 5-0 in the State Tournament and 5-0 in the National Tournament. At the State Tournament the Supersonics defeated their opponents by an average of 45 points, outscoring their opponents 425-203 over the five games. The Supersonics averaged 85 points per game and allowed just over 40 points per game in the tournament.


In the YBOA National Championships the Supersonics took care of business against the Lakeland Xpress (Florida) by a 74-61 score in pool play, but it wouldn’t be the last time these two teams would meet. In the second pool game the Supersonics defeated the Georgia Nets 64-27, and in the third pool game they beat the Southeast Georgia Legendz 83-77.


After a bye in the first round of tournament play, the Supersonics faced off with the Lakeland Xpress again, and again they won, this time by a 73-64 score. The Supersonics advanced to the Championship Game and defeated the Georgia Blast in a 92-53 blowout victory.


The ninth grade Supersonics also won the National Championship, with Upson-Lee freshman Michael Smith playing point guard on that team.

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