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Philly Hurricanes Dominate Hoops for Hope

By Christopher Clahar, 11/18/18, 6:00PM EST

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It's always good when a team representing the program comes away with a championship. It's even greater when two teams do it. Our Philly Hurricanes 5th grade team and 6th grade team, albeit took different routes to achieve this feat, both walked away champions of their respective age brackets at this years Hoops for Hope tournament in Hatfield, Pa.

The 5th grade team used balanced scoring, impeccable ball movement, and tenacious defense to claim their second straight tournament championship of the new season to advance their overall record to 7-0 and remain undefeated. Their average margin of victory for this tournament was 30 points. The closest contest was a 24 point win against Philly Blue Magic in the championship game. Forward Munir Greig (9.5 ppg), small forward King Arnold (8.8 ppg), and shooting guard Semaj Stone (8.2 ppg) paced the Hurricanes balance scoring.  Greig also led the team in rebounds (8.5 rpg), while point guard Kemari Shaw led the team in assists (3.5 apg) and steals (3.2 spg).

The 6th grade squad, led by former Hurricanes Tim Barlow '05 and Elson DeVan '92/Hit Squad, overcame a few obstacles, but still came out on top. They lost their 1st game to Lower Merion Hickory by 13 points.  The boys rallied back and won their next two games by an average of 29.5 points. This earned them a championship berth and a rematch with Lower Merion Hickory. The game was back and fourth until about 3 min left in the first half. Point guard Saaid Lee checked in for the first time in this tournament, after fighting the flu, with 2:46 left on the clock. He helped sparked a 10-3 run that the Hickory couldn't recover from. The Hurricanes won this contest 49-41. Lee (although only playing 1 half and 3 minutes) finished the game with 21 points , 4 steals and 4 assists. Forward Jeremiah Boyer (10 ppg), shooting guard Khabir Washington (9.3 ppg), and shooting guard Lovdjeiff "Deak" Love (7.7 ppg) led the Hurricanes in scoring for the tournament. Love (3 spg) and point guard DaJaun Peak (2.7 spg) led the team in steals while Boyer ( 14.3 rpg) and forward Latief White (9 rpg) led the team in rebounding.