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Pace Academy 8th-Grade Boys Take Basketball Title

The team's only loss was in the first game of the season.

From left, Pace Academy eighth graders Caleb Holifield, Michael Simon, Harrison Lewis and Jonathan Rushton were named to the all-tournament team. Credit: Laura Inman
From left, Pace Academy eighth graders Caleb Holifield, Michael Simon, Harrison Lewis and Jonathan Rushton were named to the all-tournament team. Credit: Laura Inman

Under the leadership of coaches Pete Pope and Chris Slade, Pace Academy’s eighth-grade boys basketball team entered the league tournament at the Paideia School as the No. 1 seed.

In the semifinals, the Knights defeated W.D. Mohammed 41-19 to advance to the championship game. They delivered a thrilling 53-36 win over Fulton Leadership Academy and took the championship title on Saturday, Jan 25.

The Knights ended the season with a 12-1 record, their sole loss a four-point heartbreaker in the first game of the season. Harrison Lewis, Caleb Holifield, Jonathan Rushton and Michael Simon were named to the all-tournament team.

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