Bayou Flames, Rockets continue run at AAU tourney


The Louisiana Bayou Flames Elite AAU boys’ basketball team is still alive in the classic bracket at the AAU national championships in Orlando, Fla.

On Monday, the Bayou Flames, a Division II eighth-grade team, defeated the Gosh Warriors 65-37. Leading scorers were Da’vontavean Martin (22 points), Da’Vaughn Guano (14 points) and Richard Green (12 points).

The Bayou Flames picked up two wins on Tuesday, beating the Deltona Tarheels 70-57 and the Team Prospects 56-48. Martin was the leading scorer in both games Tuesday for the Bayou Flames, who will play Alabama Premier this morning.

Another local AAU team — The L.T. Rockets — is playing the consolation portion of the Division II eight-grade bracket.

The Rockets suffered a 49-47 loss in the championship tournament bracket to the Broward Storm on Monday. Now in the consolation bracket, the Rockets defeated the Mass Premier 58-48 today and the Lake Worth Pride 68-59. Cornelius Washington and Irvin Thomas are the leading scorers in both games. They will play in a medal game today against the Winchester Rising Stars.

In the Division II 11th-grade bracket, the L.T. Rockets tournament run ended on Monday.

The Rockets won their first tournament game against the BUCAPLAA of Puerto Rico, 49-42. Coy Smith had 15 points for the Rockets in the win, while Jordan Andrew had 12.

The Rockets tournament run ended with a loss to the Hoyas Basketball Club of Georgia. Andrew had 16 points, and Chris Harris scored 14.

The Rockets finished in the top 25 percent in the nation (Division II) and placed 14th out of 54 teams at AAU tournament.

“Even though we didn’t win, our trip was a success,” Rockets 11th-grade coach Marlo Keith Charles said. “We as a team would like to thank our sponsors for making this trip possible.”