The Ville topped the Albany City Rocks 46–40 to win the 2014 AAU 11th Grade National Championship Monday at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Ville’s Raymond Spalding and City Rocks Elijah Burns were the top scorers in the game, tallying 15 points apiece.
The Ville took an 11-7 lead on a Raymond Spalding alleyoop at the three-minute mark in the first quarter, and took a 13-9 lead into the second quarter.
Brandon Johnson knocked down a three-pointer from the left corner to stretch the Ville’s lead to 11 points at 24-13 with 1:31 left in the quarter, and went to the half holding a 24-15 lead. Brandon Johnson led all scorers in the half with eight points.
The Ville got one the board first in the second half, stretching their lead back to double-digits on a Ray Spalding dunk. City Rocks responded, scoring five unanswered points get within six, but The Ville held them of the rest of the quarter to take a 30-24 lead into the final quarter.
City Rocks’ Emmit Holt converted an and-one to cut The Ville lead to four points, and Elijah Burns stole the inbounds pass and hit a pair of free throws to make the score 40-38 with 43.0 seconds to play. The Ville’s Jax Levich knocked down a pair of free throws, and Parker got a layup in transition to escape with a 46-40 victory.
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