Calvary Christian wins elementary hoops title

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ST. THOMAS - The Calvary Christian Academy basketball team finished off its undefeated season with a 50-30 victory on Friday against St. John Julius E. Sprauve School.

The game, played at Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, was a rematch of last season's Parks and Recreation Elementary Basketball championship game.

Sprauve won the title last season, but this was Calvary's year, as the West Division champions finished off a 15-0 season with the win. Sprauve was the Eastern Division champions.

"We knew they were the best team in the East, and we went undefeated in the West," Calvary coach Dwayne Maduro said. "We focused on the defense. We want the kids to be as aggressive as they can, and we were able to do that today with a lot of defense."

It was a rout early, as Calvary jumped out to a 15-4 lead.

Jourdyn Rawlings and Zayd Brannigan scored 15 points apiece to lead Calvary, and Brandon Jackson added eight points.

The trio is among the group of starters, who are 11 year-old sixth graders who led the team. The other starters and leaders are Lester Slack Jr., and Dwanye Maduro.

"Those kids lead the rest of the team," coach Maduro said. "It's a team effort, and everybody has a role to play, and these guys did a great job.

"We played with a lot of energy and tenacity and that was the key to the game."

Calvary did not have any 12 year-olds, and Sprauve had one.

That was Lee Christian, who scored 26 of Sprauve's 30 points.

"They wanted it more than us this year," Sprauve coach Clarence Stephenson said. "There's no reason to hang our heads. We had a great season, and all but one of our kids (Christian) is combing back."

Sprauve's players were Ledwin Flores, Ashaun Henderton, David Marsh, Kaleem Powel, Melvin Burgos, Christian, Keon Riviere, Nekwante Sprauve and Shane Morris.

Following the game, the league's All-Stars played with the West team topping the East, 31-29.

Christian scored 11 points to lead the winners, and Rawlings scored 11 points in the loss.

- Contact Daily News Sports Editor Matt Schoch at 714-9117 or email

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