SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Yes II Success wasn't the only Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex team to bring an adidas title back to the Lone Star State.
After never claiming one before, Midlothian's Kaden Archie and the Urban DFW Elite 17s earned Texas its second on Sunday at the Urban Star Arena — via a Gauntlet Championship.
Between April 21 and April 30, the Elite 17s won two of its eight games. Less than three months later won gold in adidas' premier summer championship.
Pool B's (6-6) Elite 17s, which are .500 on the athletic shoe juggernaut's circuit, beat K-Low Elite 59-54, Team Rush 68-47 and the Colorado Hawks 60-51 art the Upward Star Arena, the Dorman Freshman Academy and the Dorman New Gym. One of the two losses the last five games came at the hands of Mansfield Timberview's Chris Mullins, Waxahachie's Montre'Gipson, Mar'Quaylen Grant and Larry Wise and the San Antonio Yes II Success 17s team during a 69-51 defeat on April 29.
Yes II Success was one of the eight teams that made an undefeated 4-0 run through the tournament.
With the help of Archie's 15.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, as well as competition-changing performances from Feron Hunt (11.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.2 apg) and Kennedy Milton (9.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.8 apg), they sealed the championship. The Cedar Hill-based organization's clinched its final game after an 82-66 rout of Urban Asak.
Archie had 21 points and five rebounds during his best game of the tournament and eight points in the tournament finale. Hunt, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard out of DeSoto and a 247Sports' three-star athlete, had 17 points and 10 rebounds against Urban Asak.
Jakobi Pearson added 14 points and six rebounds. UIL 4A Life Waxahachie High School's 6-foot-6 point forward Justin Nimmer, also a member of the team, did not play in the tournament.
With the momentum of the tournament victory and budding star power, the Elite 17s will enter Thursday's Great American Shootout in Duncanville as one of the favorites to win one of the biggest national tournaments on the high school and AAU stages.