West Orange Hilltoppers' Heat Teams Take Championships

Third Grade Team. Credits: Michelle Cadeau
Fourth grade team. Credits: Michelle Cadeau

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  The West Orange-based AAU basketball organization, Hilltopper’s Heat, traveled to Berlin, N.J. this past weekend for the Back to School Basketball Tournament.  The third, fourth and sixth-grade squads' "A" teams participated  in the tournament with other teams from around the area.  

Each bracket consisted of three teams. All three teams played and won their first set of games.  The third grade team returned to the Berlin Community Center to play a delayed second game, putting the fourth-grade team at a disadvantage. Two of the fourth-grade team's starters also play on the third-grade team.  

After careful consideration the HIlltopper coaches moved the third-grade players to the fourth grade game to boost the fourth grade score.  At the end of the day, all three teams secured their spots in the finals.

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On Sunday, the third grade team won, 23-18, after an exhausting five-game weekend.  The fourth-grade team won their championship with a 36-14 victory, and the sixth-grade team also prevailed. The third-grade team stands at 3-0 and the fourth grade team at 4-0.

The teams will participate this weekend in the I GOT GAME league at the East Orange YMCA, in collaboration with the East Orange YMCA and the HIlltoppers Organization. 

For more information on the Hilltoppers Heat,  visit their website at


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