For the second time in ten days, the Nightrydas Elite 2022 team has claimed a marquee championship. Last week Nightrydas won the AAU national championship and today in Augusta, GA they won the Made 8th Grade Finale. It is one thing to win these events at different times, it is another to go undefeated in both events over a two week span against the nations best competition.
Entering the month of July, Nightrydas Elite was ranked 11th nationally. The MADE Finale featured them in addition to six other nationally ranked teams including #4 Bates Fundamentals and superstar Emoni Bates. Nightrydas knocked off Bates Fundamentals in todays championship game by a 59-51 final score. Nightrydas was led in scoring in the championship game by Fabio Basili with 16 points including three triples in the first half. Greg Glenn and Jacari Henderson both added 13 a piece in the championship game win.
In the semi-final win, Nightrydas beat #8 nationally ranked TSF Mack 58-54 to move into the championship game. Is the double dip in July enough to get the Nightrydas the #1 spot when the final team rankings are released in August?