Covington County Elite wins 1st ever tournament appearance

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Covington County Elite AAU basketball team won the championship at the AAU tournament in Phenix City.

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C.C. Elite opened up the tournament with authority as they knocked off Wilcox 61-39.

Bryan Matthews led the way for C.C. Elite with 17 points.

Rashaad Coleman added 12 points and Erik Matthews finished the game with 10 points.

“Erik Matthews and Jaydon Lacey played well on the boards against Wilcox,” C.C. Elite head coach Niguel Jones said. “I felt in that game we ran the floor very well and never let our foot off of the gas.”


In the second game, C.C. Elite fought hard, but came up short in a 64-61 loss to the August Legends.

“They are a very well known powerhouse AAU team,” Jones said of August Legends. “We fought hard, but due to Erik Matthews being ejected after a dunk we fell short in that game.”

Coleman led C.C. Elite with 20 points.

B. Matthews finished with 15 points and Anthone Stone picked up 10 points.

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In the opening game of bracket play, C.C. Elite started hot and held off the August Legends for a 64-56.

“We didn’t play our best against the August Legends the first game,” Jones said. “With the bracket set, we knew we had a chance at them in the semifinals.”

C.C. Elite came out strong in the semifinal game as they opened up a 19-2 lead.

“Chance Russell, who didn’t play in the first two games, did a great job of bringing us a spark,” Jones said.

B. Matthews led the team with 21 points.

Coleman came in with 18 points.

Stone and Lacey had six points each.

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C.C. Elite capped off the tournament with an overtime win over the Middle Georgia Supersonics.

E. Matthew came up big as he nailed a 3-pointer from the corner in overtime to give C.C. Elite the championship win.

Coleman led the way with 19 points.

E. Matthews finished with 15 points.

Stone and B. Matthews finished with 12 points each.

Coleman was named MVP for the tournament.

“Overall, I’m so proud of these guys and the way they played,” Jones said. “I felt like we played hard, played well and played with class. They represented their schools and the county well. Off of the bench, Justice Palmer and Omare Latimer played well at the point guard position. We still have some things to improve, but we will get better. I’m very proud of these guys and thanks so much for the support we received from our fans and also the community. We left Andalusia with one goal and that was to bring home a ring. We did just that.”