ORLANDO, FL: Pool play from the Jr. NBA World Championship officially ended and brackets were set at the ESPN Wide World of Sports on Wednesday.
The Southeast Boys beat the Northeast with a game-winning buzzer beater shot by Devin Farell. Farell led his team to victory with 20 points after injuries played a major role in his team falling behind. With 2.2 seconds left Braden Sparks set a screen to open up Farell in the left corner where he put up the winning 3-pointer.
Southeast Girls’ forward Ashlyn Watkins had the highlight of the day as she threw down a one handed dunk against Northeast. Watkins finished the game with 11 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Watkins was by far the biggest defensive force of pool play, finishing with 21 blocks in three games.
The Africa & Middle East Boys had a standout performer of their own. Marouf Moumine racked up two double-doubles on Wednesday against Mexico and Canada. Moumine had 15 points 11 rebounds against Mexico and 32 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 steals against Canada on FS1.
Bo Outlaw, Jason Collins, and Nick Anderson all appeared to show support and take in the talent on display Wednesday in Orlando.
Focus now turns to service as the more than 300 players participating in the tournament will build a playground together at local Oak Street Park with the help of KaBoom! The Jr. NBA promotes core values including Community. Players and coaches will spend the day giving back to the community hosting them.
Following the day of service, players will gather again at ESPN Wide World of Sports for a skills challenge, 3-point shooting contest, and dunk exhibition.