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Posted On: 07/29/15 12:45 PM

There’s no better way to end a summer on the circuit than holding up your index finger to form a No. 1.

That’s what the Colorado Titans 16U squad was able to do after winning the gold bracket title last week at the Las Vegas, wrapping up a strong July on the highest of notes.

The Titans went 2-1 in pool play, then stormed through bracket play with a 5-0 mark that was highlighted by a victory over Benchwarmers Blue (Iowa) in the championship game.

“We rotated defensively, shot the ball fairly well and just played together,” Titans coach Christian Scott said.

Few championship runs come without a complete team performance and that was certainly the case for the Titans. Still, a number of players stood out for the way they elevated their performances on the way to a title, including guards Luke Wilson (Boulder) and Sam Foster (Broomfield) and forward Sam Grad (Fairview), who stepped up big on a frontline that had been hurt by injuries.

“Sam Grad really stepped up the last two games after our other center went down with a foot injury,” Scott said of the 6-foot-5 junior. “He’s long, blocks shots. He gets up and

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