The 5th Annual Tom Owens’ Tournament of Champions 5th grade boys’ basketball tournament ended with Michelson Elementary School crowned as champs Feb. 3 in Angels Camp. For Michelson, the tournament win capped yet another undefeated season, which runs its streak to 26 consecutive wins.
In the opening round, Valley Springs defeated Mark Twain 37-23, Christian Family Learning Center fell to Ione 40-26 and Sutter Creek knocked off Jenny Lind 25-10. In the second round, Michelson beat Valley Springs 42-21 and Ione defeated Sutter Creek 35-13. Valley Springs and Sutter Creek battled in the third place bracket, with Sutter Creek winning 53-27.
In the championship game, Michelson took on Ione and won 40-22. Michelson’s Jakob Bouma led all scorers with 14 points, followed by Noah Wright with nine, Conrad Felix with six and Jack Trent with five. The Trojan’s applied strong defensive pressure by Renner Young and Felix. Wright, Bouma and Trent earned All-Tournament honors.
"We have a selfless group of kids who really share the basketball," said Michelson coach Pride Wright. "We had six different kids score in double figures at least once this year, and three more scored at least seven. We had a game this season where all 18 of our baskets were assisted, which is a great indication of how well these kids pass the ball. That's pretty incredible for a 5th grade team."