COCOA BEACH, Fla. -- The Charleston fifth grade basketball team returned from the 2002 AAU National Basketball Championships with a record of 1-3.
"We didn't do as well as we should have, but everybody enjoyed the trip," said assistant coach Roger Robinson. "It was something the kids will never forget."
Charleston had to forfeit its first game of pool play due to a mix up about where the game was played. It was scored as a 15-0 loss to Pennsylvania. Charleston then lost to the Arkansas Hawks in their second game, 55-30. Charleston was only down six points at halftime, but was held to one point in the third quarter and ended up getting beat by 25.
The third game was against South Carolina, and Charleston won 57-40. The team finished pool play with a record of 1-2 and was placed into the Classic instead of the championship bracket.
The team lost in the first round, 60-55, and was eliminated.
Members of the team were Tony Riggens, Jervuawn Scherrell, Antonio Johnson, Marquez Ware, Greg Leach, James Miller, Jeremy Spencer, Chase McClendon, Dee Gillespie and Henry Davis.
"It was something different," said Robinson. "There was a ceremony at the very beginning, and it was set up Olympic-style. The gym was filled to capacity, it was real nice."
Sponsors for the team were Pilot Travel Center, Subway, Big Lake Trucking, Citizen's Bank, B&D Truck Stop, Sparks Funeral Home, Bruenderman's Grocery, McClain's Food Center, Mid-Valley Irrigation, Hurley's Ag., the Knights of Columbus, the VFW and more.
"It was just a big help all the way around," said Robinson. "Everybody chipped in and helped us out."