The Madison Central junior varsity basketball team closed out its summer play by winning the school’s first ever AAU state title Sunday in Lexington.
Coach Kenny Roberts’ Indians were a perfect 8-0 over the four-day tournament, including Sunday’s championship game win over Henry Clay.
The tournament included 31 other teams from across the state, including all of the Indians’ 11th Region rivals with the exception of Lexington Catholic.
Head Coach Allen Feldhaus said the success his young team had over the weekend didn’t really surprise him.
“No, it wasn’t really a surprise to me that our JV team played that well. There are some very good kids on there. Not the best athletes in the world, but they are just hard workers and smart kids that are very team oriented,” Feldhaus said. “They played a lot of regulation games in a hurry and it’s hard on them, but they played really hard and had a good time.”
Two players were instrumental in the team’s title, Feldhaus said.
Terique Miller had an outstanding all-around tournament and his play earned him the tournament Most Valuable Player award. Grant Brockman led the way for the Indians in the championship game win over the Blue Devils pouring in a game-high 25 points, including six three pointers.
“Terique and Grant are the two who really stood out the most. Terique played really well the entire tournament and Grant was on fire in the championship game,” Feldhaus said. “Both of them shot the ball very well from the outside. That’s what we need, somebody who can shoot the basketball from the three and that’s what both of them were doing. That makes us a lot better team.”
The Indians’ varsity team also played in the tournament. They went 3-3 against some stiff competition.
“Our varsity played well too. We played some really good teams and they had some success against them. This was just a really good way to wrap up the summer by playing in a tournament like this.” Feldhaus said.