SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Over the Thanksgiving vacation, the sixth grade Springfield Minutemen boys travel basketball team competed in the fourth annual "Battle Of Springfield" Holiday Basketball Tournament.
The tournament, which was held in Springfield at the Jonathan Dayton high School Gymnasium consisted of four age groups from fifth through eighth grades. Each grade level had four to eight teams per group. Springfield was in a group with teams from Scotch Plains, Cranford, Mountainside and Clark.
Springfield's sixth grade squad won the Championship for their age group. They went 2-0 in the pool play stage, beating Mountainside by a score of 41-26 and upending Clark 38-16. In the championship game, Springfield defeated a tough Scotch Plains squad by a final of 38-22. Scotch Plains had also come into the final previously undefeated up to that point in the tournament.
For head coach Harris Goldman, the level of preparation his team put in allowed them to walk away victorious. In an email response, Goldman had nothing but praise for his team and their abilities together on the court.
"Our team has played together for the past few years, and their teamwork in particular is really setting them apart from their opponents at this age and skill level," Goldman said.
Along with first place honors, Julius Avent, who plays both guard and forward positions for Springfield was named the tournament's most valuable player.