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Phoenix Basketball Captures Third Tourney Title

The Phoenix Basketball U-12 AAU team captured the Kingz of the Court Championship in New Haven Sunday. The team is comprised of all-star travel basketball players from local Fairfield County Basketball League winter travel teams.

Earlier this spring, Phoenix won tournament championships at the Hooperstown Classic in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and the Tip Off Classic in Brewster, N.Y. It was runner-up in the Grassroots Challenge hosted at the Connecticut Sports Arena in New Milford, losing 40-36 in the finals to an undefeated Rockland, N.Y., team. It also finished second in the Minuteman Tournament in the Bronx.

Over the course of the spring the team has won 17 games, beating teams from New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and Connecticut teams from Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport.

The team's strength is its extraordinary depth of talent, which allows it to play both an aggressive, pressure-style of defense and an aggressive, up-tempo, transition offense.

At center is Alex Preston (Darien) and Ryan Allen (Norwalk). Power forwards are Ralph Manigat (Norwalk), Charlie Wright (Darien), James Crovatto (New Canaan) and Thomas Tomalakis (Westport). The swingmen are Jack Williams (Wilton), Charlie Sealy (Darien), Mack Mueller (Westport) and Zak Swetye (Darien). Shooting guards are Tyler Sweeney (New Canaan) and Carter Scott (Darien). The floor generals are Miles McQuillen (Norwalk) and Jackson Ryan (Darien). The team is coached by Greens Farms Academy's boys varsity coach Doug Scott. Next weekend, the team returns to New Haven to compete in the Memorial Day Showcase.

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