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Darrell Lee puts up a shot against Arcanum in a sixth grade boys basketball tournament in New Madison.
NEW MADISON — Nine sixth grade boys basketball teams from the Cross County Conference converged on the Tri-Village courts in New Madison for a weekend of tournament action.
The Arcanum Trojan sixth graders defeated the Ansonia Tigers 49-38 in the Sunday afternoon championship game.
“It (tournament) is at least 15-20 years old now that these leagues have been taking place,” first-year tournament director Tony Thomas said. “It is a developmental league. We try to remind everybody that is what this is about. Try to develop some skills and prepare for the CCC teams, starting young.
“This is a double-elimination tournament with every team guaranteed three games,” Thomas said.
“Every player that is in the tournament has to be from their school,” Thomas said. “You can’t pick up players from outside the community.”
Scattered throughout the stands were CCC varsity and junior varsity coaches taking notice of future high school players.
“We would like to thank everybody for being involved and the community interest,” Thomas said. “That is what makes CCC basketball as great as it is.”