They may be well under six feet, but they're a powerhouse on the basketball court.
The Evanston-based Battlecats, a third grade basketball team that plays in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), recently defeated a team from Baltimore, MD, to win the AAU national hampionships in Orlando, FL.
During the tournament, the Battlecats played seven teams and finished with a 7-0 record. In their final game against the team from Baltimore, the Battlecats took home the win with a score of 42-38.
“We will all never forget the moment when the final buzzer went off," Coach Scottie Bull said in a press release from the team. "It’s something these kids will remember for a lifetime.”
Formed as a team just two years ago, the Battlecats practice three to four times a week from January through August, when the season ends. They also travel to play teams around the midwest, according to the release.
Bull's fellow coach and one of the founders of the team, Chris Tobin, said this year's squad was "the greatest group of boys in fifteen years of coaching."
The roster includes Cam Barnes, Elijah Bull, Mark Cannon Jr, Ryan Harvey, Daeshaun Hemphill, Isiah Holden, Donville James, Jalen Jones, Jalen Oxibal, Giovanni Prior, Anthony Sayles and Kyle Wilson. They will be recognized onstage at the Evanston Community Picnic, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the , 2100 Ridge Ave.