The Winston-Salem Mavericks 11U AAU D3 Basketball team came up a little short in its bid for a national championship in Hampton, Va. from July 4-8.
The Mavs won an opening pool game against Maryland Rockets by 44 to 21. They lost their second game to the Massachusetts Ballers, 40-37.
They got back on track in the third game, beating the VA Allstar Hawks 25-22. After that victory, the team went on a 4-0 winning streak in Bracket play, beating Maryland’s 6th Man Sports 42-31, the Richmond Swoosh 54-41, the West Va. Rampage 41-36 and Baltimore’s Mt. Royal 33-29, a win that put the Mavs in the national championship game.
The team played the Washington, DC Takeover for the title, losing 45-30. The Mavericks 11U record for the year is 33-7. The team finished second in the national ranking.
The team is coached and owned by Mike Gonzalez and Willie “BB” Patrick Jr. The assistant coaches are Antonio Wardlow and Nathen Belcher. The Mavericks are sponsored by Top Priority Care Services, LLC and several other local businesses and churches.