LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Ville basketball club took home a title almost nine years in the making when they won the 11th grade AAU National Championship Monday night at Freedom Hall. The Louisville-based squad with a number of players that had been together since the 4th grade beat the Albany (N.Y.) City Rocks 46-40 in the final.
"It means a lot. We planned for this at the beginning of April," said head coach David Levitch. "The guys have worked hard. We've played in some really tough tournament and when we knew the tournament was going to be here in Louisville, this was our goal for the end of their last AAU season."
6'9" U of L commitment Raymond Spalding from Trinity led the scoring with 15 points. Male High's Will Parker added 10 after scoring 19 in an afternoon semi-final victory. The Ville had an 11-point first-half lead, then held off a late rally to prevail.
"Yes, it means a lot," said the 6'7" Parker, who's getting a lot of interest from Bellarmine. "We've been playing together for a long time, plus it's in our hometown which makes it even better."
"I've grown up with these guys all my life," added Spalding. "We hang out outside the court, going to the mall, seeing movies. It really helps the teamwork on the basketball court when you get to know them off the court. It's just a blessing, an honor to play in Louisville. It'll last forever. Some might not be able to play college ball. Just being able to share this moment means a lot."
The team includes five players from Louisville and four other Kentuckians.