ORANGE COUNTY, CA: Elite SC (boys) and California Storm (girls) each won their respective tournaments on Sunday in Orange County, CA, earning the chance to play for the Jr. NBA World Championship in Orlando, August 7-12.
Elite SC defeated ARC, 73-59, on the back of Christian Moore who led the team with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Elite SC gained the lead early in the first quarter and never looked back, extending their lead to as much as 22 points late in the second half. The victory highlighted the team’s offensive might, as they were able to score 70+ points in all of their games during bracket play.
California Storm beat XBA, 48-44, to represent the girls West Region at the Wide World of Sports Complex. the two teams played to a one point deficit going into halftime. Out of the break, California Storm fell behind by as much as five heading into the final few minutes of the game. With two minutes left on the clock, Erica Collins made a basket to tie it up at 40-40. Hannah Stines converted 20 seconds later to give California Storm a lead they would not relinquish. California Storm converted four of six free throws to put the game on ice.
Former WNBA veteran, Ebony Hoffman presented the trophies and individual awards to close out the tournament at MAP Sports Complex.
The Jr. NBA promotes Teamwork, Determination, Respect and Community. Players who demonstrated strength in these core values were recognized on the court just before the championship trophies were presented.
Moore and Stines were recognized with the Determination Award for their relentless effort during the tournament.
Amaya Bonner, of XBA, and Jaayden Bush, of ARC received the Teamwork Award for putting their team’s success ahead of their own.
ARC’s Orlando Greenlow and California Storm’s Chloe Briggs were honored with the Respect Award for their exceptional sportsmanship throughout the weekend.
The Southeast Regional Tournament will decide the next representative for the World Championship. Southeast Regional play takes place June 1-3, in Spartenburg, SC.