Hornets finish AAU season at 25-5

The 6th grade boys team of the Hudson River Hornets AAU basketball club finished the 2012 spring season with a 25-5 record that included four tournament championships and a 18-game win streak.

The Hornets captured the championships of the Dowd Memorial Tournament in Central Valley, N.Y., the Miranda Memorial Tournament in Suffern, N.Y., the Crossroads Shootout in Sparta, N.J. and the Drive to the Hoop VI Tournament in Spring Valley, N.Y. The Hornets qualified for the AAU Nationals by reaching the quarterfinals of the NYC Metro regional qualifier in Long Island, but declined the invitation. At the qualifier, they defeated the Great Neck Lightning, 68-61, in overtime and Next Level of White Plains, 65-33, before losing to On Point of Brooklyn in the quarterfinals.

During the season, the Hornets defeated teams from across the New York metropolitan area including the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Long Island, Poughkeepsie, White Plains and Newburgh. They reeled off 18 straight wins and defeated some of the top AAU teams in the region.

The team roster included Clarck Goguette (Garnerville), Jonah Lacey (Tomkins Cove), Jeffrey Long (Orangeburg), Brian Madden (Stony Point), Tom McGivney (Tappan), Cameron McGrath (Congers), Cole McGrath (Congers), John Morina (Stony Point), Evan Rivera (Pomona), Xavier Rodriguez (Stony Point), Michael Walker (Tomkins Cove). Bill Madden and Orlando Rivera were the team coaches. The Hudson River Hornets are based in New City and field boys and girls travel teams in grades fifth through 11th.

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