ARDSLEY, NY: Championship Sunday at the Northeast Regional of the Jr. NBA World Championship in Ardsley, NY didn’t disappoint, finishing out a very competitive tournament in impressive fashion. 6th Boro Hoops won the boys crown, and Empire State Basketball Club won the girls’. Now, both will be representing the Northeast Region in Orlando in August at the Jr. NBA World Championship.
The Boys Championship bracket had very balanced semifinal matchups, as 6th Boro Hoops squeaked out a four point win over a talented New York Ballers team. In the other semifinal game, the Seaford Heat were down 15 at half to Riverside Hawks, but thanks to a 44-15 second half advantage, the Heat advanced to the Finals.
The Finals for the boys bracket was a game of runs. After the first quarter, 6th Boro Hoops held a 20-3 edge, but a 35-20 run over the next two frames pulled the Heat to within two, going into the fourth quarter. Though, it was the Filipowski-duo that ultimately pushed 6th Boro Hoops ahead enough to secure the championship, 63-54. Kyle and twin brother Matthew combined for 34 points and 12 rebounds, causing Seaford Heat fits defensively.
In the girls competition, both semifinal matchups were neck and neck for the majority of each contest. Empire State Basketball Club edged out Boston Showstoppers 61-54, and the New Heights NYC got past Lady Rivals Futures 61-54, thanks to a 36-20 second half advantage.
In the finals, the Empire State Basketball Club was just too much to handle for the New Heights NYC squad. Early into the game, Endiya Greene went down with an injury in which sidelined her the rest of the game, leaving New Heights with just five active players. The game headed to the fourth quarter only a six point game, but a 22-9 final frame run by Empire State Basketball Club sealed the victory and the title for the squad. Empire State was led by Meghan Casey and Ciera Croker, who combined for 29 points.
Both teams now advance to the Jr. NBA World Championship stage where they will compete against teams from around the world in August.