Bracket Play Opens with Drama, Excitement

  • August 10, 2019 at 12:20 am
Bracket Play Opens with Drama, Excitement

ORLANDO, FL: The excitement continued from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Friday as all 32 teams took the court for single-elimination bracket play. Elias Sauramo brought the gym to its feet when his 3-pointer gave Europe & Middle East the 58-57 win over China at the buzzer. Nemanja Serenac led Europe & Middle East with 25 points and 7 rebounds. The team advances to play Remil Tissington and Canada in the International Boys Semi-finals. Tissington scored 25 points to lead his team to a 64-56 overtime win against India. On the other side of the bracket, Africa defeated Mexico, 70-36, and will face Asia Pacific, who topped Latin America, 69-59.

After his dazzling dunk performance during Jr. NBA Global Championship Skills Night presented by Gatorade, the West’s Quinton Webb had 8 points and 15 rebounds to lead his team to an overtime win against the Northwest.  They will face the defending champion Central Boys, who outscored the Mid-Atlantic 35-19 in the fourth quarter to punch their ticket to the U.S. Boys Semi-finals. The South Boys needed overtime and a pair of double-doubles from Ronald Holland II (24 points, 10 rebounds) and JaKobe Walter (17 points, 10 rebounds) to best the Northeast, 67-62. Kanaan Carlyle had 21 points and 9 rebounds as the Southeast topped the Midwest, 72-45. The South and Southeast will square off in the other U.S. Boys Semi-finals contest.

The Northwest Girls kept their undefeated record (4-0) alive with a 78-51 win over the Northeast. Isabel Sullivan led the way with 23 points, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. The Northwest will take on the West, who had 14 points and 4 rebounds from DAsia Thomas in their 78-64 win over the South. The Mid-Atlantic’s Jadyn Donovan dropped 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in their 58-51 win over the Southeast. They’ll face Chloe Clardy and the Central Girls, who bested the Midwest, 65-36.

In the International Girls bracket, top-seeded Canada led a balanced attack as they defeated India, 65-26. They will face the Europe & Middle East Girls, who held off a late Mexico rally, 52-46.  Ndeye Ndiaye had 14 points and 5 rebounds as the Africa Girls topped China, 39-29. They face Latin America and Lilly Tauleilei, whose double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds) helped best Asia Pacific, 47-41.

Check out the Boys Bracket and Girls Bracket to see how the rest of the weekend could shake out.

12:00 p.m. – U.S. Boys Semifinals (FOX)
1:30 p.m. – International Boys Championship (FOX)
3:00 p.m. – U.S. Girls Championship (FOX)
4:30 p.m. – U.S. Boys Championship (FOX)
6:00 p.m. EDT – International Girls Championship (NBA Twitch)

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