THE CHAMPS ARE HERE: Andy wins first-ever Alabama men’s league state title

Published 12:05 am Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Andalusia men’s All-Star basketball recently competed in and won the first ever Alabama Recreation and Parks Association men’s league state championship in Tuskegee.

“We did a pretty good job up there,” Andalusia All-Star coach Roosevelt Weaver said. “The second game we were a little flat, but that first game we looked really good.”

The first-ever ARPA state championship featured five teams in double-elimination tournament.

In the opening game, the Andalusia All-Stars made their presence known as they hammered Bullock County 108-72.

“That first game we played great,” Weaver said. “We weren’t as good in the second game, but after that first game Bullock County didn’t want to play us again.”

Weaver said that Andalusia didn’t have to play in the championship game after their opponent forfeited the title bout.

“They didn’t want anything to do with us after the first game,” Weaver said. “We didn’t have any one player that stood out, but it was just really good team play. Most of the teams in the tournament had seven players max and we had a 12-man roster. We had depth on them and just were able to run them to death.”

For the first year of the event, Weaver said he was impressed with how well they were able to represent Andalusia.

“There is no doubt that we were the best team there,” Weaver said. “Not only did we have the best athletes, but had the best looking uniforms also. The City of Andalusia really made us look good. If they didn’t know where Andalusia was before, they know where it is now.”

The Andalusia All-Star roster included Lakelyus Adams, Phillip James, T.J. Kelley, Kajarek Lawrence, Anthony McMillian, Frank McQueen, George Scott, Brandon Sims, Dequarious Tolbert, Jacard Townsend, Kenneth Townsend and Deandre Wright.

The Andalusia All-Stars were coached by Weaver and Ben Jackson.