Third grade boys win NCKC championship

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By Ryan Naus

The Williamstown third grade boys’ basketball team knew coming into the season that they had the talent and the ability to claim the NCKC championship.

The previous year, the boys lost in the championship to Walton-Verona by eight points, which became the team’s motto this year. “Eight more points” is all they needed to make up for last year’s loss.

They earned the championship this year with a 24-18 win over Walton-Verona. The Demons used a balanced attack, as no player scored more than four points.

“It felt good for our players to have revenge for last year,” coach Brian Linder said. “We felt like we could win the championship this year. We talked about it in our first practice that this was a goal of ours and we needed those eight more points.”

The boys’ played in the Northern Kentucky Sports of All Sorts league to help make the team stronger when the postseason started. The team earned a record of 16-3, playing in both leagues.

Linder believes that the team was so strong because of their basketball knowledge.

“The thing that really impresses me about this team is their basketball IQ,” Linder said. “In the championship game, Walton-Verona switched to a 2-3 zone. For third graders to switch from a man-to-man offense they had played all year to a zone offense amazes me. From top to bottom, there’s very little difference.”

The leading scorer for the team was Chase Good, while the point guard was Brennan Stanley, who Linder said was a “coach on the floor.”

“I’ve coached these players for three years and to see them grow and focus on what they need to do is amazing. They came to practice everyday ready to work,” Linder said. “This team makes me proud because they didn’t approach the game with a ‘me’ or ‘I’ attitude. They truly approached the game as a team. If they stick together, I think this is going to be a special team. They know how to win now and they know that they want to win.”

The team was made up of Brady Montgomery, Chance Jordan, Keegan Bailey, Brennan Stanley, Johnathen Miskell, David Burton, Trace Good, Tanner Dalton, Jayden Treichel, Bryce Montgomery and Chase Good. The team was coached by Linder, Doug Stanley and Henry Jordan.