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Hornets AAU Team Stings Competition for First Tourney Title

Newly created travel hoops team takes down competition at Mayhem in March tournament.

The Hornets AAU Basketball team. Photo Courtesy Regina Cevis.
The Hornets AAU Basketball team. Photo Courtesy Regina Cevis.

There’s a first time for everything. And when it comes to championships, that first time is spectacular.

Made up of players from Long Valley, Mendham, Mt. Olive, Mt. Lakes, Randolph, Florham Park, and Clifton, the newly created Hornets AAU Basketball team competed in its first tournament recently, hosted by Pure Basketball.

Teams came from all over the region, and after just a few practices – the squad was created in January – the Hornets were ready to do some stinging.

Making its way to the championship round of the Mayhem in March tournament, the Hornets took down the Morris Magic by a score of 55-37 for its first title. Teams at the tournament included the Magic, Jersey Fusion, Pure Basketball, and the MSU Skyliners.

Hornets Advanced Sports Training was formed for more than just playing basketball, according to its director John Murray. “It’s about helping young players reach their potential,” he said.

Team members include Christian Cevis (Long Valley); Ryan Ross (Randolph); Andrew Murray (Florham Park); Jack DiPietro (Long Valley); Daquan Hendrickson (Randolph); Nick Bayuelo (Clifton); Brian Eames (Randolph); Jerry Jabbour (Mendham); Luca Del Vescovo (Mt. Olive); and Charlie Plonski (Mountain Lakes). 

Information provided by John Murray. 

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