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Big AAU weekend
Members of the Young Guns are, front row, from left, coach Kathy Morton, Douglas Wells, Tyler Jakes, Alex Jones and DJ Moore. Back row, Jayln Mart, Aaron Ashburn, Garrett Ashburn, Joey Rasori and Cain Buckner. Not pictured is Tyler Pomales.

It was a banner weekend for Warren County basketball teams competing in AAU tournaments.

Several local teams took top honors around the Midstate, including the fifth-grade Pioneers winning the Spring Shootout in Manchester.

Tree City, featuring a group of middle school players, and the Young Guns, with boys ages 15-19, placed second in their respective age groups in the Spring Shootout.

Justin Adcock, the WCMS sixth-grade coach, led the young Pioneers to victory in Manchester. His resilient squad fought through a tough field to earn the title.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these young men,” said Adcock. “I don’t know if I’ve ever coached a group that has more fight in them. They never quit.”

WCMS coach Kevin Burnett saw his Tree City squad vault into the finals over the weekend thanks to a last-second shot by Treyton Terry. 

Never afraid to take the big shot, Terry got an inbounds pass at the top of the key with 1.6 seconds left and his team down 37-36. Terry took one dribble, pump-faked and fired a one-legged fadeaway over a defender. His shot just beat the buzzer and touched nothing but net to put the team in the finals.

It was the fourth tournament for the squad, which has won two events before finishing second Sunday.

The Young Guns are an assembled group featuring players from Boyd, WCHS and the local youth league. They have blended together well, as evidenced by their second-place finish over the weekend.