The Conyers Middle School boys basketball team celebrate with their tournament championship trophy last week following a perfect season. The school had plenty to celebrate as the girls team also went undefeated and won their regular season and tournament championship. The team includes: Sadiq Baker, Tajee Steele, Jalen Jordan, Julius Minnifield, Jordan King, Brian Jesse, Bakari Glean, Ryan Ross, David, Huguely, James Walker, Elijah Williams, Omari Jones and Treyvon Brown. The head coach is Kevin Grigsby and assistant coach is Anthony Crowell.
CONYERS -- It was a perfect season for a pair of basketball teams at Conyers Middle School. The boys and girls teams combined to go 39-0 during the winter season, culminating with twin victories over Liberty Middle School in the state middle school championship games.
The boys, led by head coach Kevin Grigsby and assistant coach Anthony Crowell, went 15-0 during the regular season, then in the playoffs blew out Cousins Middle, 74-15 in the quarterfinals. In the semi finals, Conyers handled Memorial Middle, 40-28, and in the title game got a buzzer beater from Tajee Steele to win the state crown, 29-26.
Grigsby mentioned the team had high expectations from the beginning and that helped fuel the hard work that eventually paid dividends. "Although there were many tough games along the way, the boys' historic season will not soon be forgotten," CMS Principal Maryland Nesmith said in an email.
The girls, coached by Natasha Belle, went 18-0 during the regular season, then defeated Memorial Middle, Davis Middle and, like the boys, beat Liberty in the state championship game.
Nesmith said Belle told the team during a pep talk before the championship game to encourage each other even after a turnover, a missed shot, or a bad pass. "(She) also told her players that if they played as a team, they could not be stopped. Each of her players followed her instructions and remained positive on the court," Nesmith said.