Charles Hunter knew why he enjoyed playing in the Redstone 6-and-under basketball game Feb. 3.
“Stealing the ball,” he said.
Hunter had five steals, six points and five rebounds as the Warriors beat the Lions 12-5 at the Youth Center. This was a matchup of two of Redstone’s three 6U teams in the Huntsville recreational league.
The Warriors (13-1) trailed 5-4 after the first eight-minute quarter but led the rest of the way. They were up 6-5 at halftime and 10-5 after three quarters.
“Good defense,” Warriors coach Ronald Miller said. “Defense won the game.”
Hunter, who plays center, is in his second year of Redstone 6U basketball. Oluwalani Odofin added four points and seven rebounds. Jaden Miller made two steals.
Jayden Fletcher had three points, seven rebounds and two steals for the Lions (5-6). Blake Knapp gave them a brief 5-4 lead with his putback as the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter.
“They played a great offensive game,” Lions coach Don Taylor said of the opposition. “Number 14 (Hunter) hit a lot of the shots. He got hot. And we couldn’t get any baskets. They just wouldn’t go down for us.”