15-year-old basketball stars place 2nd at national tournament

The team lost to Niagara National Team by only ten points in the championship game.

Posted: Aug 2, 2018 9:54 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2018 9:56 PM

A North Alabama basketball team is back home and celebrating after placing second in a national tournament.

The 15-year-old Alabama Elite Stars celebrated with a movie on Thursday after taking second place at AAU’s in Orlando, Florida.

The team lost to Niagara National Team by only ten points in the championship game.

What’s most impressive, though, is that it was their first time ever playing together as a team, since the boys are from all over North Alabama.

On Thursday, the team met up in Madison to watch one of their coaches in the new movie, "Uncle Drew."

That coach, Lucius Winston, plays a basketball player in the film.

WAAY 31 spoke with Winston, and even though he was the star on Thursday, he couldn’t say enough good things about his team.

“They did a really great job when we went down to Orlando. Everybody was respectable. They came out playing with a lot of energy, played together—especially since we haven’t played together until this time. So, it was amazing to see them get out there on the floor and bond so quickly," he said.

The team says they hope they can practice together more often, and they look forward to winning more games together in the future.

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