Local 5th graders bring home national basketball championship

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Waco, TEXAS (KWTX) Some local 5th graders brought home a national championship after beating out 48 other teams, several of which were nationally ranked, during a four-day AAU tournament that ended Sunday in the Dallas area.

The 5th graders, part of a local group called “DC Kings,” went 8-0, beating out a team ranked No. 5 in the nation as well as a No. 8-ranked team, to bring home the championship. (Courtesy photo)

The 5th graders, part of a local group called “DC Kings,” went 8-0, beating out a team ranked No. 5 in the nation as well as a No. 8-ranked team, to bring home the championship from the PrimeTime Sports 2019 National Basketball Championship, a tournament which consisted of more than 650 teams nationwide.

“To have them be classified as a national champion in Waco, Texas,” said head coach Marcus Willis. “This is by far the biggest weekend that DC sports has ever encountered.”

Willis says his team is made up of mostly Waco ISD, La Vega ISD and a few Rapoport Academy students.

The boys have been practicing at least twice a week since last fall, pouring everything they had, he says, into the game of basketball which made the tournament win that much sweeter.

“I looked at them and I said ‘congrats to you national champions’ and my son, who plays on the team, said ‘dad this just feels so unreal to me.’ I said ‘I feel the same way.’ I believe that everyone had an unreal moment. Everyone was overjoyed and all thanks to God for letting it happen,” Willis said.

Willis says achieving the goal Sunday wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the player’s parents.

“The parental support, the parents, the sacrifice and dedication, the effort they put into practice,” he said.

“The long days in the gym, the hotels, going up and down the highway, the parental support was all in place.”

The championship wasn’t the only impressive finish for the DC Kings organization at the tournament.

The 6th graders, also coached by Willis, brought home 6th place out of 80 teams.

“It was a great weekend for DC Kings,” Willis said.