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CHARLOTTESVILLE–The 5th-ranked Atlanta Shepherd Stealers grabbed the crown at the 14th annual Herman Key, Jr. Memorial Holiday Tournament this weekend by downing the host 16th-ranked Charlottesville Cardinals, 72-54, in Sunday’s championship game.
Shepherd went undefeated in the round-robin portion of the tournament while Charlottesville entered the championship game with only one loss in round-robin–an earlier 73-57 defeat at the hands of the Stealers on Saturday.
In the tournament’s 3rd place game, the NRH Ambassadors (Washington, DC) downed the Philadelphia Magee Sixers 50-45 in a hard fought game. The Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets claimed 5th place after knocking off the Richmond Rimriders 65-53 on Sunday. The Virginia Beach Sunwheelers placed 7th.
Shepherd’s Gavin Cloy won the Most Valuable Player award and the Virginia Beach squad received the Rick Shifflett Sportsmanship award.
The All-Tournament team included Brandon Rush and Andrea Woodson-Smith (Charlottesville), Darryl Waller and Raphael Rodriguez (Shepherd), Anthony Capparella and Harsh Thakkar (NRH), Mark Hartney (Richmond), Tom McNaughton (Magee), and Mike Hudson (Charlotte).
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The Charlottesville Cardinals are a nationally ranked wheelchair basketball team based in Charlottesville, VA. The team was formed in 1980 to provide athletes with disabilities an opportunity for exercise and competitive recreation as well as to educate the general public concerning the capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Since its formation, over 375 area athletes with disabilities have participated with the Cardinals and they have performed in front of over 75,000 people across the U.S. and Canada.
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