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The 2019 edition of the Texas D1 Ambassadors-West Texas 16u (Class of 2021) played locally this past weekend in Lubbock, Texas. The event was held at Premier Sports Complex where they put on a good warm up event.
The team features ten 2021 players on the roster and two from the Class of 2022. All but one has significant varsity experience. The first game against Team Carlsbad out of New Mexico were no match for Texas D1. DJ Young (Lubbock, TX/Monterey) of the D1 Ambassadors finished with a game high 14 points and 8 rebounds, including four ferocious dunks that could be heard throughout the entire gym. Parker Freeman (Seminole, TX) also dished out 5 assist in the first game. D1 Ambassadors win 87-31.
The 2nd game of the tournament was another opponent from New Mexico, Team New Mexico Elite. The 1st half was sloppy as both teams were struggling shooting the ball. Alijah Willard rebounded the ball well as there were plenty of misses to chase after. The halftime score was 20-9. The second half was a different story. The squad shot out of the gate with an improved effort. Because of this the second half started with a 10-0 run.
Unselfish play with Jastyn Garrett (Wolfforth, TX/Frenship) and Devin Hartfield (Wolfforth, TX/Frenship) taking advantage of passing lanes for easy buckets sparked the team. New Mexico Elite only scored 4 points in the 2nd half. The final score was 66-13 in favor of the D1 Ambassadors, which propelled them to the championship.
Texas D1 ambassadors took on a team from Lubbock that featured two players from the Nike EYBL circuit. This game started very slow, with the D1 Ambassadors only 1-12 from the 3-point line in the 1st half. The visitors had the lead going into halftime.
The 2nd half was a different story. Alijah Willard (Lubbock, TX/Estacado), Jaylon Dobbins (Lubbock, TX/Estacado) and Austin Hauk (Plainview, TX) gave Texas D1 big minutes. Willard had 10 points and 9 rebounds, (4 Offensive). Dobbins had 4 points and 5 rebounds in limited minutes and Hauk played tough defense and made plays timely passes.
The D1 Ambassadors secured the game with a big dunk by Alijah Willard to seal the game. The final score was 40-33. Texas D1 Ambassadors win their 1st championship of the year and hope to use this success as a springboard to bigger things in the NCAA Live Evaluation Period in Dallas, TX later in the month.
Texas D1 Amabassadors-West Texas 16U
0 2021 Neeko Young 6'1 Lubbock, TX/Monterey
1 2021 Qunicy Gonzales 6'3 Floydada, TX
2 2021 Alex Lack 6'3 Lubbock, TX/Christian
3 2021 Austin Hauk 5'11 Plainview, TX
4 2021 Jackson Stanton 5'11 Idalou, TX
5 2021 Parker Freeman 6'2 Seminole, TX
10 2021 Jastyn Garrett 6'3 Wolfforth, TX/Frenship
11 2021 Devin Hartfield 5'11 Wolfforth, TX/Frenship
20 2021 Jaylen Dobbins 6'4 Lubbock, TX/Estacado
23 2022 D.J. Young 6'3 Lubbock, TX/Monterey
35 2021 Blake Hamblin 6'5 Seminole, TX
42 Alijah WIllard 6'5 Lubbock, TX/Estacado