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Tribesmen take Tribal Fair tournament

HOLLYWOOD — This year could shape up to be a memorable one for the Tribesmen.

It has certainly started on the right note for the team from Brighton. They won the Seminole Tribal Fair Basketball Tournament’s 15-17 division Feb. 9 with a 60-53 win against Native Soldiers at the Howard Tiger Recreation Center.

Tribesmen’s Adryauna Baker puts up a 3-point shot. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

The agenda ahead for the champions includes returning to Hollywood in April for NAYO and a trip to Phoenix this summer for the NABI tournament.

Led by Leon Edouard’s game-high 24 points, the Tribesmen showcased its depth with a balanced scoring attack in the championship. Donovan Harris and Ramone Baker each contributed nine points.

Adryauna Baker, fresh off an outstanding season on the Okeechobee High School girls team, scored four points, battled for rebounds and never looked out of place against the boys.

Coached by Preston Baker, the champion squad also included Nakai Alex, Jayton Baker, Dathan Garcia and Dakoya Nunez.

Native Soldiers was led by Daewon Huggins with 15 points. Grant Osceola poured in 13 and his brother Bryce Osceola scored nine. Ethan Ballentine contributed five points.

Native Soldiers fell behind 26-7 in the first half, but clawed their way back. They pulled to within five points late in the game, but the Tribesmen never relinquished its lead.

In the adult tournament, the Plainzmen needed a last-second buzzer beater from Lorenzo Bell in the semifinals to stay alive and then captured the men’s championship the following day.

Jess Heart was unstoppable from 3-point land, draining just about everything he put up. The team also included Jim Archambault, Lorezo Bell, Jerome Davis, Austin Krikie, Jerel Moore and Sparky Pease. Most of those players also captured the legends 35-plus championship.

The Lady Ballers won the women’s adult tournament.

The Tribesmen hold up their prizes after they won the Seminole Tribal Fair Basketball Tournament’s 15-17 championship Feb. 9 at the Howard Tiger Recreation Center in Hollywood. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Native Soldiers’ Grant Osceola controls the ball while defended by Tribesmen’s Donovan Harris. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Dakoya Nunez goes airborne as he drives the lane for the Tribesmen against Native Soldiers. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Native Soldiers’ Ricky Garza looks for an open teammate during the Tribal Fair championship game. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at

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