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Founded by Coach Dominic Manuel, Team Sauce is a AAU basketball program based in the Northern Virginia area. Established in 2022, Team Sauce is quickly becoming one of the area's premier youth basketball programs for youth 7-18 years of age. Through our passion and commitment to the game of basketball as well as a focus on academic excellence, we strive to build confident, thoughtful and impactful leaders on and off the court. Team Sauce emphasizes holistic player development, team spirit, discipline and respect as the core of our teaching and training.In addition to player development, skill and basketball IQ building, we are also committed to ensuring our teams build camaraderie and are enjoying the game through various social and team building events. We really are a family and embody this value in how we interact with one another. Over the course of the year you can find Team Sauce at any one of the premier tournaments and circuits e.g Marquee Hoops, MADE hoops, Shots Up tournaments and other opportunities to participate in highly competitive basketball.  If you are interested in becoming a Team Sauce player or a Volunteer Coach please email us at at 


8th Grade Boys- 2026

The weekend was a weekend full of hard work and hustle for TEAM Sauce 2026. Starting off with 2 huge wins in pool play,  Sauce was ready to hold on to their #1 spot moving in to Sundays playoffs. The first line of business was to face a new team Man 2 Man Soldiers. Though Sauce came out slow to start, Coach Nic quickly called a time out to rally the team to focus and move on to the championship and the boys answered the call! Hitting on several 3's and pressing the ball, Sauce went on a 15-4 run to end the half. Going into the 2nd half Team Sauce had a commanding lead and finished the game winning by 22pts.

Moving onto the championship versus Manassas Elite, was a show to see! Leading all teams in scoring Antonio Jones hit several three pointers and assisted on several plays. Defensively this guy was impressive!!! Manassas Elite had a lot of firepower as well - matching Sauce 3 for 3 at one point. Coming down the stretch Elite made a 12-0 run with 4:25 on the clock and thought the game was over- Mr. Jones had others plans, hitting on 8 straight points and getting fouled at the end of regulation on a game tying three. Antonio went to the line and hit all 3 free throws taking Sauce into OT. In overtime, Sauce ran out of steam losing to Manassas Elite for the championship 65-63.
Antonio finished with a game high of 42pts, 7 rebounds and 5 assists!














Next, Team Sauce played a very talented VA Playmakers team. It was back and forth in the 1st half with a score of 9-10 at halftime. VA Playmakers went on a run early in the 2nd half, and Team Sauce loss a tough fought game 29-38. “They came out early in the 2nd half on a run, and we fought back,” said Coach Dee. “It was a great learning experience for the boys. We played a very good team and they got the best of us. Hats off to the Playmakers, but we’ll see them again and we’ll be ready.” Team Sauce 2029 finished Saturday with a 1-1 record.

On Sunday, Team Sauce started bracket play as the 3rd seed against 2nd seeded Stafford Orange. Once again, Team Sauce played great defense and executed well on the offensive end to come out with a 41-19 victory. Deshaun and DeMari were unstoppable that game, Gio played his usual flawless game, Khalil stayed poised and ran the team, and Quincy, Jeremiah, and Jamir owned the boards. JoJo and Chadd came of the bench with their signature defense and were able to get the team easy buckets in transition. And, Jaren and Samil played solid at the guard position with extended minutes. Next up, the championship game against the VA Playmakers.

VA Playmakers came out in the championship game on a 4-0 run. Team Sauce calmed down and it was pretty much back and forth for the first 8 minutes of the game. Then DeMari took over. With Deshaun in early foul trouble, DeMari was on fire. He shot the ball very well from behind the arc, and attacked the basket with aggression. Khalil played hounding full court defense the entire game on the Playmakers’ best players, was able to turn them over, and get easy buckets in transition. Gio was a great offensive technician in the half court set and scored and assisted very well. Going into the half, Team Sauce led by 3, but the momentum was ours and the confidence was at an all-time high for the boys. “We went into Sunday with a goal of winning the first game and getting to the championship,” said Coach Dee. “Knowing how good VA Playmakers are, we knew we would see them again if we could just get to the championship game. My boys were ready for the challenge and were motivated from the loss the previous day.” With Deshaun back for the 2nd half, Team Sauce extended its lead and never looked back. Tough defense and offensive execution were its signature all weekend. DeMari stepping up in the big moment put the icing on the cake. He finished the game with 5 threes. “I knew he was on fire when he pulled up for a 3 in transition,” said Coach Dee. “That was a back breaker!” The final score was 39-30.

All in all, the boys fought hard all weekend, and to come out and win the championship game in that fashion in its first tournament was a thing of beauty. Shout out to the boys, Coach Dee, Coach Dorian, and the Team Sauce 2029 family. It was great to see so much support for these boys first tournament. Not only did the parents support their boys, but there were sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. at all of the games. Next up, Big Time Hoops – Spring Invitational on April 23rd and 24th.



VA Hokies Premier Spring Shootout I- April 9-10, 2022

Team Sauce 2029 started its 2022 AAU season as 5th Grade Boys Champions!!!

Team Sauce started the weekend with a 42-11 victory over Unity Sports Academy. Led by Deshaun Ingram-Bridgers, DeMari Simon, Gio Hamlet, Khalil Duplessis, and Quincy McCoy; Team Sauce jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Tough defense and great execution on the offensive end led them to success the entire game. When asking Coach Dee what led to such great success, he stated, “It was a total team effort. My starters set the tone and the reserves came in and kept the same momentum.” With a comfortable lead early in the second half, Coach Dee was able to go to his bench and those players did not let him down. “Chadd (Coleman), Jaren (Cuthbert), JoJo (Edwards), Jeremiah (Hopkins), Samil (Iftoni), and Jamir (Scott) all came in and contributed to the victory,” said Coach Dee. “TOTAL TEAM EFFORT!!!”

VA Hokies Premier Spring Shootout 2028 ELITE CHAMPIONS- April 9-10, 2022

This weekend was a perfect display of team basketball. Coming off of a great tournament the previous weekend. TEAM Sauce wanted to continue their dominance in the VA Hokies Showcase. And that's exactly what they did. Starting sat off with 2 powerful wins over Brody Elite & RRFA, the boys woke up early and ready to win.  Moving into Sunday, Team Sauce 2028 knew it wasn't going to be easy going into bracket play, but they were ready for the challenge. Culpepper Elite had no answer for the Sauce guards as stand out players like Jackson Balmforth, Braylan Bell & Sintel Carlock were a huge part of the win moving into Sunday's championship game vs TEAM GRIND, where Sintel decided to turn it up a notch! Exciting the crowd with his dazzling crossover moves and floaters, Sintel had his game on all cylinders. Finishing the tournament averaging 12pts 5 assist & 3 stls. Sintel earned himself the TEAM SAUCE MVP!




Team Sauce was heading into Sundays' bracket play with 1 loss. Knowing that we didn't have a great start to the tournament, the team knew it was only a matter of time  before things turnaround for the best. Moving into bracket play, Team Sauce dominated HOOP LIFE to advance to the championship game versus a very good Team Purpose. They came out swinging, hitting 3's from everywhere, bringing the best out of Team Sauce. Down 13pts, Sauce had one thing on their minds and that was to defend relentlessly. Coach Manuel had 2 major defensive bodies on Team Purpose's main scorer- Ezana Brantley & Jayden Walker. They both had major duties and were instrumental in the come back.
Coach Manuel knew the outside shooting for his team was off and he had to rely on his big men Timmy & Zeebo.
"Zeebo was a complete man child on the block. We saw he was in a zone and wanted to feed him as much as we could. With Timmy being a stretch 4 man, we were able to open up the post and let Zeebo work one on one"
Zeebo finished the Championship game with 22 points & 15 rebounds as TEAM SAUCE took home the SHOTS UP 2028 ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP. CONGRATS ZEEBO!




Timmy brought the fire at this weekends March Madness Tournament! He was explosive with his rebounds and shot-blocking ability. Timmy's extensive training was on full display this weekend, shooting the deep 3 ball dazzling us with his guard-like layups throughout the tournament. Congrats Timmy! 

The weekend was an extreme TEAM win in the shots up best of the best tournament. Starting the weekend off, Team Sauce was up against a decent Family Over Fame team. Sauce displayed great defense and amazing offensive execution. Dreyden Coates was on fire with amazing layups and multiple deep three pointers. Ezana Brantley got the team jolted with an amazing euro step to start a 6-0 run with 6 mins left in the second half finishing the game 53-47.

Team Sauce played Shots up and defeated them 64-41 and moved on to the Championship to play a well-coached Slam City. This was a long time coming after having faced each other many times before. The game started up powerful lay-up for lay-up, jump shot for jump shot finishing the half with a 21-21 half time score. Moving into the second half slam city came out with a 6-0 run, and Coach Nic had to call a timeout with Sauce down 27-21 with 10 mins left on the half.  Coach Nic came out of the press to change the pace of the game. Dy’anie Treakle came out guns blazing defensively. Coach Nic knew he needed to speed up the pace to make Slam City uncomfortable forcing turnovers. Slam City was forced to take a time out with 8 mins on the clock and the score was 28-21. With 3 mins left on the clock it was a back and forth match up, Dreyden Coates and Jackson Balmforth hit on two big 3 pointers to take Team Sauce up 6 points again with 1.48 minutes left on the clock. Slam City came down and hit a 3 cutting Sauces’ lead to 3 with 59 seconds on the clock, Timothy Allen Crank knocked down two free throws sealing Sauce’s victory 42-39.  

It was undoubtedly a team effort led by a magnificent coaching duo. The Coaches’ energy and ability to motivate the boys to the be their best and to step up was key! LET’S GO SAUCE!!!!
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