DME Academy Showcases Grit at Grind Session World Championships

Daytona, Fla. (Mar. 26, 2024) -After a challenging two weeks, the Boys National Basketball team concluded their journey at the Grind Session World Championship. Kicking off in Las Vegas, they quickly made their mark with early wins, notably against Winston-Salem Christian National, edging them out 72-68. This season, the team notched over 25 wins for the second consecutive year, highlighting the program’s growth and its success in securing back-to-back winning seasons against top national teams.

Transitioning to Chicago for the semifinals, the Boys National squad faced Dream City Christian. Despite a hard-fought battle, DME would lose to Dream City, with the final score reading 54-72.

Throughout the tournament, DME Academy’s players showcased exceptional skill and dedication. Savo Drezgic’s performance in the semifinals was particularly noteworthy, with a stat line of 19 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals, highlighting his pivotal role in the team’s efforts. Moustapha Thiam’s contributions during their tournament run was also notable, where he averaged 23.5 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game, demonstrating his significant impact on both ends of the court.

The team’s collective achievements received well-deserved recognition. Jaylen Robinson and Savo Drezgic were named to the All-Grind Session Team, a testament to their outstanding performances throughout the tournament. Moustapha Thiam was honored with a spot on the All-Defensive Team, emphasizing his defensive prowess. 

Additionally, Babatunde Durodola and Savo Drezgic’s skills were acknowledged on an international scale, with both players earning spots among the Top 5 International Players “FIBA 5,” highlighting their global impact.

Despite the conclusion of their journey in the semifinals, DME Academy’s campaign in the Grind Session World Championships was characterized by teamwork, grit and standout individual performances, and camaraderie that navigated the challenges of a highly competitive tournament. Their efforts not only showcased the depth of talent within the team but also set a solid foundation for future successes.

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