Morgan Academy fifth-sixth graders win Morgan Academy Invitational Tournament

Published 9:14 am Friday, February 9, 2024

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The Morgan Academy fifth and sixth-grade boys basketball team won the Morgan Academy Invitational basketball tournament on Jan. 20. 

The team finished with a perfect 3-0 record in the tournament, beating Lowndes Academy twice and Lee Scott Academy, The Senators beat Lowndes Academy 50-25 in the championship game. 

Pope Roberts averaged a team-high 15 points a game in the tournament. Lance Ward averaged points, while Jaxson Reed and Goodwin Alsobrook each scored seven points. Roberts, Jaxson Reed and Lance Ward were named to the All-Tournament team. Roberts was named the tournament MVP. 

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Lance Ward, Pope Roberts, Jaxson Reed, Jude Jones, Gunner LoBue, Rylie Irwin, Goodwin Alsobrook, Pratt Lovinggood, Holden Osborn and JJ Sheehan are members of the Senators’ squad. 

Morgan Academy coach James Roberts said the goal was to go unbeaten in the tournament for a second straight year. 

“We won it last year but lost a couple of really good players that now start for our Junior Varsity team as seventh-graders,” Roberts said. “I knew it would be more of a challenge this year, but these kids have worked hard and sacrificed a lot of weekends that they could have been doing other things. Instead, they showed up to get better each practice and it really showed during the tournament.”

Roberts thanked assistant coach Earl Alsobrook for the Senators’ success.

“Earl Alsobrook is the real head coach of this team,” Roberts quipped. “He knows way more about basketball then I ever will.”