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Polk youth boys team captures Asheville basketball tourney

A group of Polk County fifth and sixth grade boys made their basketball tournament debut on Sunday and did so in very successful fashion

A group of Polk County fifth and sixth grade boys made their basketball tournament debut on Sunday and did so in very successful fashion.

The Polk Wolverines squad won the Tip Off Classic tournament in Asheville, capturing three straight victories after a last-second loss in the opening game of pool play. Polk County High School coaches Billy Alm and Chauncey Barber led the team with assistance from Polk County High head girls basketball coach Brandy Alm.

The team lost its first game of the day 43-42, but rebounded to take a 44-25 victory in its other pool game. Polk advanced to the semifinals and notched a 41-33 win, then closed out the tourney with a 38-32 victory in the championship game.

“The boys played great defense, they played selfless basketball and it was really fun to watch,” Billy Alm said.

The team plans to compete again in Asheville on Sunday, Feb. 25, in the Defend To The End tournament.

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