The Suns captured the Green Hornets boys third/fourth-grade championship with a 20-13 win over the previously unbeaten Nets at Severn School on February 23.
The Suns roster of Tyler Smulow, Max Gilman, Liam Kinslow, Ian Ambro, Solomon Nkongolo, Benjamin Sepp, Caden Morris, Finley Mullervy and Louie Renick worked together to avenge their only loss of the season and win the championship. For the season, the Suns were the league leaders in defense, allowing an average of 9 points per game. In the championship against the Nets, they were led by Kinslow (10 points) and Morris (6 points), while getting key contributions from everyone. Sepp’s play stood out for his screen-setting, rebounding and hustling on fast breaks. Renick and Smulow contributed crucial baskets in the fourth quarter, while Gilman provided great picks to keep the Suns’ offense flowing. Nkongolo had a block and a steal, and Mullervy had several rebounds as both contributed to the Suns’ excellent team defense. Ambro, who was a big part of the team all season, was recovering from an illness but still cheered his team from the sideline. The Nets’ Benjamin Simoncic hit a 23-foot jump shot at the buzzer to create the final margin.
“It was truly a team effort by the Suns, which made me proud,” said head coach Colin Renick, who coached the team with Bryan Ambro and Christine Ambro. “Having fun, playing with great teamwork, and learning help defense were the main goals for the season, and all of these goals were achieved.”