LADERA RANCH, CA: City Ballers became the latest program to repeat as regional champions, as they captured the West Boys crown in Ladera Ranch, California. The San Diego Waves will join the journey to Orlando after taking the title in the Girls division. With the West Regional wrapping up, only two more U. S. Regionals remain to determine who plays August 6-11 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
City Ballers’ Issac Martinez had a historic day. Martinez absolutely went off in the championship game, where he went 10-for-16 from beyond the arc. His effort was good for 41 points in the 88-71 victory. Martinez was awarded the Determination Award following the day’s action.
Three players from the City Ballers will make the return trip along with head coach Darrel Houston to Orlando: Tyler Rolison, Quinton Webb, and Donald Bluitt.
On the Girls side, Judea Watkins and Breya Cunningham combined for 45 points and 25 rebounds as the San Diego Waves defeated the California Storm to capture the Girls West Regional Championship. Sunday’s final was a rematch of the premier semifinal game from last year’s competition.
In addition to Martinez, Watkins earned the Determination Award for the girls. Shea Fitzgerald from West Coast Elite and Mia Davis of California Storm were each given the Respect Award. And finally, Malik Rasul of Give N Go Hoops and Cunningham took home the Teamwork Award.
Click here for all of the scores & stats from the tournament. U.S. Regionals continue with the Northwest starting Friday in Beaverton, Oregon. As always, @jrnba will continue to feature the action on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.