ORLANDO, FL: The first round of bracket play cut the field in half on Friday to 8 boys and 8 girls teams. Tomorrow only two teams from each bracket will be standing as Jr. NBA World Champions will be crowned Sunday on FOX.
The Asia Pacific Boys were the first team to advance to the International Semifinal round, as they dispatched Mexico behind a near double-double performance from Henry Way. Way finished the game with nine points and 12 rebounds. Asia Pacific plays Canada at 11:15AM Saturday.
The Southeast Girls moved on after Milaysia Fulwiley went off against the Northwest. Fulwiley ended the game with 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and five steals. Ashyln Watkins added ten points, nine rebounds, and seven blocks to the winning effort. The Southeast will now face the Central for the second time in Orlando, this time with elimination on the line.
Then, in prime time on FS1, the South Boys beat the West by a score of 83-63. Cason Wallace and Isaiah Foster combined for 36 points to coast into a U.S. Semifinal round meeting with the, so far undefeated, Central. The matchup will be the final game before the U.S. and International Championship games which also take place tomorrow during the afternoon.
After the action on the court, participants were treated to a surprise visitor. Jr. NBA World Championship Ambassador Dwyane Wade stopped by to talk to the participants about the importance of the Jr. NBA Core Values and to take some questions. Wade talked about playing for a cause bigger than oneself, teamwork, and respect for community.
Play picks back up tomorrow with Positive Finish matchups at 8:45AM on B/R Live. Bracket play resumes at 10:00AM and runs throughout the day. Be sure to tune into FOX starting at 1:00PM for full coverage of the Jr. NBA World Championship.