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About the Cecil Slam

The Cecil Slam was a boy's travel / AAU basketball team based near Perryville, Maryland. We offered players from Cecil County and Harford County the opportunity to play at a high competitive level. Our travels took us around the nation, playing the best of the best. At our peak, we were ranked Top 16 in the country on the AAU's own webpage. Not bad for some county boys.

See our Trophy Page for the long list of successful tournament outcomes.

We were a very busy team, with frequent practices and a full game schedule. Check out our team schedule for where and when we played in past winters and springs.

Here is a history of our ten seasons together:

Our first year together. What a ride it became! This first season, we played in just 31 games (finished 16-15) as we learned what AAU ball was all about, and what we would need to do to become the program we would develop into in the coming years.

Our 2009-2010 season completed with our participation in the Division 1 AAU National Championship in Detroit. We finished in 26th place among the 44 teams who qualified to compete at D-1. We made it to the Final Four of the Classic Bracket in the tournament. Because of our success in the tournament, we were one of only 16 teams who received medals, and an automatic bid to participate in following year's 2011 11U National Championship in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
We played 131 games this season, which was our second season playing together, building upon a winning first year: our record in the second season was 85-46.
In the spring of 2010, we won the AAU Super Regional Tournament in Harrisburg. We made it to the Maryland Division 1 district championship game, twice defeating a tough WPC Elite team that had medaled in last year's National Championships in Orlando. We lost in the title game, played at Morgan State University, to the #11 team in the nation, the Maryland Sports Scholars, by a score of 26-14. This qualified us to play at the 2010 Division 1 National Championships.

Our 2010-2011 season, our third together, completed with our participation in the Division 1 AAU National Championship in Cocoa Beach, FL. We barely missed finishing in the top half of all competing D-1 teams, coming short by just FOUR points in a three-way tie in our pool. We played some of the best teams in the country. Highlights include a win against a top Puerto Rico team that has been a perennial contender at Nationals since 8U/2nd grade, a close loss to our friends and local rivals the Maryland Hawks (who went on to the Sweet 16), and a tough loss against the Texas Celtics, who ended up finishing #3 in the nation.
Other season highlights included a championship trophy in the prestigious Maryland Invitation Tournament (M.I.T.), a ten-point victory against eventual Final Four finishers the Riverside Hawks, and a buzzer-beater loss in the championship game at the Harrisburg AAU Super Regional.

In the fourth year for our program, we had a strong enough interest to field TWO full teams at our age group. Team Red set out to qualify at the Division 1 level, Team Black would hope to make it to Division 3 Nationals. BOTH teams accomplished these goals in our most successful season to date!

The fifth season for the Cecil Slam saw us stay mostly near home. We had a number of tournament wins in local contests in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Due to budget restraints, we were not able to make an away trip for Nationals. Next year, we will return to the tradition of a Nationals finale for the Slam.

Our program returned to form in its SIXTH(!) year with the 2014 campaign. Once again, we had enough interest in the Slam to field TWO teams at our age group (8th grade). In eleven tournaments, we finished with a 60-27 record and SIX tournament championships. We swept through our pool games at Nationals in Fort Wayne, Indiana with a 6-0 mark. But we ran into the returning (and eventual repeating) champions in our bracket game, and came up short on championship day. We will be looking for a re-match next year...

Our seventh season was perhaps our best yet, with a bundle of program "firsts." We enjoyed our first "three-peat" tournament win. For the first time ever, we won a tournament while "playing up" an age division. Our season record, at 48-15, was our best yet recorded winning percentage. Almost without exception, in the tournaments we did not win, our only loss was to the eventual champion. And we won nearly half of the tournaments we entered: 5 out of 12. We limped into the season finale at Fort Wayne without two of our starters, due to injuries. Yet the boys played like heroes, making it to the championship game. Along the way we had double-overtime wins, buzzer-beaters, and a 12-point come-from-behind upset win over the host team, who had beaten us by 12 earlier in the week. It was an epic year.

In our eight season, as 10th graders, we opted to play in the "high school" division for a number of our tournaments this season. We played fewer games, but aimed for a higher level of competition, including an NCAA-Live event. Our final record of 29-10 reflected this approach. Another successfull campaign, this season included one of the program's most memorable weekends, a Zero Gravity tourney that saw us come from behind--a miserable 3-18 start in the championship game--to win at the buzzer.

Our ninth season saw an abbreviated year, so that our players could join up with their high school teams for the later part of spring. We played nothing but tough tournaments this year, and struggled a bit compared to previous seasons, finishing "only" 14-10.

Our tenth year season. Our boys, nearly all of them Seniors, got together for one single weekend, just for fun. It was an emotional time. Some boys who hadn't played with the team in years joined us for the reunion. It was a beautiful thing. And also, not that it mattered...we won every game :)