The 10-and-under Redstone all-stars jumped on Monrovia defensively from the opening tip.
This fueled their 37-23 win Saturday at the Fern Bell Recreation Center in south Huntsville. Redstone captured the district championship and stayed unbeaten heading to the state tournament March 12-16 in Trussville.
“Teamwork, teamwork,” Redstone coach Willie Lawson said. “Full team effort. Trust the players, and the players trust each other. Always defense. Our defense fuels offense.”
Joshua Naylon and Marques Crum scored eight points apiece for Redstone (8-0). Naylon also had five rebounds and two steals. Evan Harvey and Braylon Lawson had six points apiece. Harvey had nine rebounds and five steals. Lawson grabbed seven rebounds. Christian Irby made five steals. Jamari Smith added three rebounds and three assists.
“Christian Irby applied great pressure. He gave a great defensive effort,” Willie Lawson said. “His pressure caused the other team to turn the ball over.”
Harvey, a 5-foot-3 small forward, was a force on both ends of the court.
“Just played with teamwork,” Harvey said. “And making our layups and our jump shots and all that.”
Along with his eight points, Crum had two rebounds, made a steal and blocked a shot.
“We played great,” Crum said. “We kept passing the ball. We went through the plays and we played together. And we’ve known each other.”
Sam Johnson, the center, had four points, two rebounds and a steal.
“I think we worked hard for it,” Johnson said. “And it feels good to win the championship. And we played aggressive in the first and second quarter so we retained our lead. And then in the third and fourth, we just had to keep the points apart (with defense).”
Redstone led 8-2 after the first six-minute quarter, 21-4 at halftime and 26-12 after three quarters.
Landon Malone had 10 points, five rebounds and two steals for Monrovia (2-1).
“Good game,” Monrovia all-stars coach Tony Caudle said. “We just took a long time getting going. Second half we finally got going. It was a little too late then.”