Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019. 10:23 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The energy was electric, the intensity was high and excitement was the common feeling amongst friends and family from the Mesopotamia community supporting the U-18 Basketball Tournament, according to standard-bearer Shyne Barrow.
Ten teams and over 150 youths participated in the Mesopotamia U-18 Basketball Tournament, which was hosted and organized by Barrow.
Unruly Junior finished as the 2019 Mesopotamia U-18 Basketball Champions. Team Unruly walked away with $1,000 cash, a trophy and gold medals.
It was a battle to the finish with the Unruly Junior team beating the Amara Boys by 2 points with a break away dunk by Phillip Parks Jr. to seal the deal.
Gators and One Slap battled for 3rd place with One Slap edging out Gators to take the 3rd place bronze medals and $300 cash.
Amara Boys took silver medals and $500 cash.
Shyne told us “keeping my youth engaged in athletics is top priority” noting that “sports builds character, discipline, work ethic, unity and a sense of family.”
Barrow said he was “proud of his youth who demonstrated good sportsmanship, played their hearts out and had fun.”
He ended by thanking his team of organizers including the Mesopotamia YPF and most importantly, the community who came out in numbers to cheer on the youth.
Shyne said “the strong show of community support for the youth is what will take our youth to success in whatever they do. This is bigger than basketball, this is about the game of life and building the capacity of our youth to overcome the many challenges they face so they can win.”
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