SPARTANBURG, SC: The SC76ers (girls) and TSF Mack (boys) emerged victorious in the Southeast Regional today, in Spartanburg. They will represent the region at the Jr. NBA World Championship in Orlando, August 7-12.
The SC76ers defeated Carolina Dream, 48-47, came back from a nine point deficit to claim victory. They were led by the standout performance of Malaysia Fulwiley. She lifted her team to the win with 14 points. The game had no shortage of excitement, as much of the action took place inside the paint. The SC76ers leaned on a huge performance by Ashlyn Watkins who collected 14 total boards in the win.
TSF Mack beat Team Florida Prospects, 53-41, as stars from each team took center stage. TSF Mack’s Bruce Thornton and Team Florida Prospects’ Jacari Henderson each posted incredible individual efforts in the final game of the boys regional championship bracket. Thornton lead all scorers with 23 points, while adding 12 rebounds and four assists. Henderson had 15 points and 12 rebounds. The game stayed closely contested through the first three quarters, as TSF Mack held just a two point lead going into the fourth. However, when the final period began, TSF Mack proved to be too much to handle, winning by 12.
10-year WNBA veteran, Ivory Latta took in the excitement and presented trophies and award to the teams. Latta holds the South Carolina high school record for most career points. She shared words of encouragement with teams prior to the Championship games, as well.
Teamwork, Determination, Respect and Community are the core values promoted by the Jr. NBA. Players that personified these values over the course of the tournament were recognized during the awards ceremony to close out the day.
The Determination Award is given to players for their relentless effort during the tournament. SC76ers’ Fulwiley and TSF Mack’s Thornton were honored with the award.
The Teamwork Award went to Sydney Barker (Carolina Dream) and Jacari Henderson (Team Florida Prospects) for putting their team’s success ahead of their own.
Reychel Douglas, of Carolina Dream, and Robert Dillingham, of Team United, were honored with the Respect Award for their exceptional sportsmanship throughout the weekend.
U.S. Regional play continues next weekend from Lawrence, Kansas. The winners in Lawrence will represent the Central at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, in Orlando.