D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the score of 80 to 66.
During the five-day tournament in Las Vegas, Spartan Elite faced competition from Texas, Memphis, Milwaukee, California, Arizona and Colorado, but Williams adds, “our greatest competition is found within ourselves, with No Fear, the Spartan organization’s motto, these athletes were prepared to rise above their competition to victory.” “Many teams at the national level draw from wide population areas, D1SA demonstrated that we have elite talent here in our county,” said Mark Traub, D1SA parent.
This Spartan Elite team of Loudoun County 10th grade boys is the cornerstone of D1SA, a non-profit organization established in 2011 to promote year-long basketball environments for the youth of this area. “Even though this win will stay with us forever, our Spartan team returned home and went right back to work. That’s what it means to be Spartan Elite,” said Matthew Traub, member of the team.
D1SA Ladies Spartan Elite 15U team also traveled and competed in the Las Vegas Classic. They went undefeated until their upset in the semi-final game against Triple S Warriors (CA) 40 to 35 placing them third in the Platinum Bracket.