DALLAS, TX: Champions have been crowned in Dallas, as Drive Nation and CFE Evans cliched the right to represent the South at the Jr. NBA Global Championship in Orlando, Florida, August 6-11 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
In a battle that came down to the wire, Drive Nation held on for the victory against Houston Hoops Blue Chips, 70-65. Drive Nation saw their 12 point lead at halftime disappear in the third quarter to set up a thrilling final few minutes. Down the stretch, Ty Cox came up huge, and led his team to the win.
If the name Ty Cox sounds familiar, it’s probably because he played for the South last year in Orlando. Cox is now the third player to clinch a return to the Jr. NBA Global Championship.
CFE Evans had a dominating performance in their championship matchup against CyFair Elite Coop. With a 66-52 win, they punched their ticket to the big dance. Gisella Maul went on an absolute tear in this game as she racked up 20 points, eight boards, and three steals.
After the game, CFE Evans had nothing but excitement for the opportunity to showcase their talent on the world stage.
CFE Evans Coach Norman Gilmore shares how special it is for his team to be moving on after being named Girls South Regional Champions! pic.twitter.com/ZkedKkGi4j
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At the end of the day, trophies and individual awards were handed out by former WNBA player Ashley Robinson and Jermaine O’Neal. D’Asia Thompson (CFE Evans) and Drelon Miller (Houston Hoops 2024) were awarded the Teamwork award for their ability to lead and bring together their teams. Caya Smith (CyFair Elite Coop) and Christopher Lockett (Houston Hoops Blue Chips) won the Respect award for their exemplary behavior on and off the court towards opponents, officials and coaches. Gisella Maul (CFE Evens) and Robert Jones (Drive Nation) received the Determination award for doing whatever their team needed them to do to win.
Click here for all of the scores & stats from the tournament. U.S. Regionals continue on Friday with the Southeast and West regionals, from Lakepoint, GA and Ladera Ranch, CA respectively. Keep up with the action on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.