Crestview Heat has expansion plans following first successful season

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Jacob Gabamy, 10, attempts to pass the ball past Chris Johns, 11, during practice at the Twin Hills gymnasium. The amateur boys basketball team has enjoyed a successful first season and looks forward to growing next year.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM.

CRESTVIEW — After enjoying a successful first year, the Crestview Heat, an amateur boys basketball team, wants to add more teams.

The Heat, part of the Amateur Athletic Union, has two fifth- and eighth-grade boys teams. Due to the year-round basketball season, the number of players on both teams changes because children might have obligations with other school sports or activities, officials said.  

Impressive achievements

So far, the organization’s players have stood out from the competition.

"We have made a lot of accomplishments in our first year," Crystal Scott, the team’s program director, said. "We have some really talented players."

Both teams placed second in their age division during the AAU Memorial Day Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

"To have teams from all over the United States (compete in the tournament) and for us to place that well was huge," Scott said.

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