The Dunn PAL Wildcats varsity and ninth-grade teams competed in the National Travel Basketball Association Nationals in Myrtle Beach S.C., July 7-11.
Both teams lost out in their semifinal games.
The varsity opened play with a 58-53 loss to the Young Kings at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center on Sunday, July 8, despite 13 points and 12 rebounds from Shiquan Cox. Chrishaun Henry added 15 points and seven rebounds. Maurice Williams had 10 points.
The Wildcats were topped 67-60 by the Heat Elite at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center on Monday, July 9. Cox had 23 points and eight rebounds. Williams scored 16 points.
After the two setbacks, the Wildcats rolled past the Ballers, 73-26, later Monday at the Sports Center as Henry had 18 points. Williams scored 14 and Cox had 11.
Cox had 18 points in a 63-57 win over the Ballers on Tuesday. Maurice Williams had 15 points and Henry scored 10.
The Wildcats got 19 points from Cox in a 54-50 win over the Charlotte Nets and Henry had 18 points. Christion Green had 10 rebounds.
The Rams ended the area team’s run, 52-39, despite a 20-point, 10-rebound performance by Cox on Wednesday, July 11.
The younger team lost its first game, 65-37 to Loudon Xtreme as Ladrabious Eason had 11 points in the loss.
The ninth-graders bounced back to beat the Born Star Ballers, 66-49, as Dalen Thompson tallied 14 points. Jamari Amerson and Zydarius McDougald scored 12 each. Eason claimed 12 rebounds.
In a 72-61 win over the Virginia Warriors, Ramsey Jones had 28 points and Thompson hit for 17. Eason had 10 rebounds.
The young Wildcats got past the Beach City Ballers as Jones scored 27 and Amerson got 26. Thompson totaled 18 and Jaden Geddie had 10. Eason grabbed 11 off the boards.
Jones had 19 points and Thompson had 15 in a 55-34 win over the Heat.
Four players were in double figures in a 94-64 win over the Carolina Magic including Jones (28), McDougald (26), Geddie (14) and Amerson (11). Eason had 14 rebounds.
A 49-43 loss to DMGA closed the tournament with 11 points from Amerson pacing the Wildcats. McDougald had nine points and 10 rebounds.