The City of Destin wrapped up its Youth Basketball season Saturday with 26 teams and more than 215 children taking part in the final weekendís games.
Ages 3-4: All 16 players scored at least two points in an exciting game. In the end Wood and Associates came out on top over Trustmark Bank 27-21. The winning team was paced by Sean Simon and Baker Giles with five points each. Branden Wamble had four and Carter Nicholson added three, while Gabriel Spears, Jaydon Gains, Jack Carlin, Cooper Wood and Maddox Mason had two points each. Trustmark was led by Max Whitakerís five and Keith Clarkís four points. Colin Price and Mason Joiner had three points followed by Cayman Johnson, Paul Leman and Briggs Barker with two apiece.
Ages 5-6: Buccaneer despite a strong team effort couldnít hold on to victory as Wood and Associates came out on top 29-28. Baylen Knox with nine, Grayson Wood and Gunner Smith with eight points each were the top scorers for Wood, while the Buccaneer team was led by Mason Wetzelís 11 and Jayden Freemanís eight points.
Swoop proved once again to be too strong for D & D Services to handle as they prevailed 20-11. Carter Phillips five, Will Blanchardís four and Danny Sanders two pointís toped D & Dís scoring. The winning team was led by Hayes Wright and Tyson Camargo with five points each. Caleb Hoogewerf, Zackery Cheatwood and Brooks Chovinard added to the winning effort.
Ages 7-8: Goodyear Wingfoot came out on top, 33-27 in a hotly contested victory over Fudpuckerís. The Lukin brothers, Andrey with 17 and Alex with six, led the way once again for Goodyear. Greyson Blackburn, Jaxson LaPointe and Brady Stephens helped shoulder the scoring load while Cami Davies, Ella David and Asher Ghostley all played solid defensive games. Fudpuckerís high scorer was Gysel Nohrenberg with nine points. Garrett Jacobs and Loel Chatman had six points each followed by Noah Masonís four points. Abigail Jones played a strong defensive game for Fudís.
Ryan Willisís eight points were enough to lead Southern Star to a two-point victory over AJís with a final score of 16-14. Ayden Zepp with four and Sydney Eubanks with three points contributed to the victory. Dakota Willis, Joseph Jerzerick, Damian Brozzell and Whitney OíKeefe played tight defense for the winning cause. AJís, once again was led by Jacob Castle with seven points. Hunter Barberís five and Kay Cannonís two points were not enough to overcome Southern Starís efforts. Merrick Laird, Brady Kelley, Harper Jacobs and Bankston Rose played well in the losing effort.
Lenny's Sub Shop won a barnburner over Southern Bullion 28-16. Lennyís scoring leader was Ethan Davis with 16 points followed by Greyson Smithís eight and Wyatt Wainwrightís four points. Southern Bullionís Caleb Reeder with 14 and Braxton Taylorís eight points went along with Rudy Arickís and Dalton Taylorís solid defensive play.
Ages 9-10: Griffin Moore saved his best game for last as he finished his season as the leading scorer in Fishing Machineís victory over Destin Water Users 18-12. Slator Odom and Ethan Eubanks had strong games for the Fishing Machines. Destin Water Users was led by Sam Romairís eight points. Gabby OíBrien and Caden Bennett added to their teamís efforts.
Core Consultants finished their season with a convincing 40-12 victory over Crust Pizza. Blake Foresterís 16 points led Core, followed by Jackson Runnels, Max Moran, and Adams White with six points each. Kai Bailey was the leading scorer for Crust with eight points. Tre Rahilly chipped in four points in the losing effort.
Sinfonia came out on top in their last game of the season when they defeated Emerald Coast Chiropractic 39-25. The big three of Brady Bachman (16 points/six rebounds), Maya Sherwood (12 points/14 rebounds), and Kruz Watson (11 points/five rebounds) once again carried the load for Sinfonia. Tanner Morian chipped in with two points in the winning effort. Diego Perez had one of his best games of the season with 15 points, while Parker Seagle and Colin Martine each had four points for Emerald Coast. Kaylin Winter led her team in rebounding.
Ages 11-12: On the Coast Magazine completed an undefeated season with a 35-27 win over Scuba Tech. Their center, John Hobbs, scored 15 points for the winning cause. Kobe Babbin showed his leadership in addition to pouring in eight points. Triston Davis and Joey Jones did their share by adding four points each. Ethan Connerly once again was the leading scorer for Scuba Tech.
Home Depot came from behind to defeat Destin Jets 39-28. Wesley Turpin scored 14, Brendan Turner added 12 and Carter Curtis scored seven points for the winners. Destin Jets had an even distribution of points with Daniel Youngís nine points leading the way. Haven Finkieís eight, Nathan Payneís six , Jacob Huntís three and Spencer Odomís two points finished out the scoring for Destin Jets.
Ages 13-15: The Emerald Coast Boyís and Girlís Club defeated Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 56-53. Seven players shared the scoring honors for the Boyís and Girlís Club with Earnest Riggs 13 points leading the way. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. was led once again by Brice Langstonís 24 points. Jermaine Wade chipped in 19 points for the home team.
Justin Winterís 18 and Gabriel Hamiltonís 13 points proved too much for Golf Garden as Romair Construction won 55-35. Aiding the winning cause were Drew Bachmann and Tony Payne with 8 points each. Justin Scott found his shooting groove with 13 points to lead Golf Garden. Bradon Kelley with seven points and Logan Massingill with five points had strong performances despite the loss.