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Fort Mill’s Knicks capture 3rd at international tourney

The Fort Mill Knicks finished third at the AAU DII International Basketball Championships recently in Orlando, Fla.

The team defeated two teams from Puerto Rico during the tournament and lost to USA United, a Nike sponsored team, in the semifinals 69-61.

The Knicks defeated the Miami Suns in the third place game 49-45.

“The team played hard throughout the tournament and competed in each game,” said head coach Gilbert Major. “I'm very proud at how hard they played for me.”

Fort Mill High player Tanner Mitchell and Nation Ford High player Terry Galloway led the team in scoring with 19 and 10 points per game, respectively, for the tournament.

The Knicks, a 10th grade team of kids from Fort Mill, Nation Ford, Northwestern and Chester high schools, finished with an overall record of 32-9 on the season.

Major said his team had depth, which helped the Knicks win five consecutive tournaments, including the South Carolina AAU District Championship in May in Columbia.

The Knicks basketball organization was formed in 2013 by Major, who is a retired New York City police lieutenant. The organization also fields a fifth, seventh, ninth and 11th grade team.

Major said having a local AAU team in Fort Mill helps to keep the talent pool local without kids having to go to Charlotte to join a team. The Knicks organization is a nonprofit group that charges $300 to play, which pays for uniforms, sneakers and more.

For more information about the team, go to fortmillknicks.com.

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