ORLANDO, FL: The first day of pool play at the Jr. NBA Global Championship has come to an end after 24 games of elite youth basketball. The inaugural day of competition involved a triple-double, multiple buzzer-beaters and some vicious throwdowns across the board. International squads from Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and more showcased their skills on the Wide World of Sports hardwood for the first time, while regional champions from across the United States looked to continue their winning ways from past tournaments.
The top individual performance of the day came from the West Girls’ Breya Cunningham, who notched a 27-point, 14-rebound, 10-block triple-double in an overtime win over the Southeast Girls. Cunningham’s rim-running, layup-swatting, shot-making performance impressed fans from all over the world who were in attendance for the Jr. NBA Global Championship.
One of the most exciting boys games of the day was a 78-71 overtime victory, as the Mid-Atlantic Boys pulled out a tight one over the Midwest Boys behind Amani Hansberry’s 29 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks on 64.3% shooting from the field in just 23 minutes and 15 seconds.
On the girls’ side, Monique Carter provided the most electric finish of the day. After going down 71-69 with just 3.4 seconds left, Carter drove down the floor just past the halfcourt line and sunk a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to elevate the Northwest Girls to a victory over the South Girls. In that same game, forward Malia Samuels of the Northwest Girls shined with an incredible 26-point, 10-steal, 5-rebound performance on 54.5% shooting from beyond the arc.
Soaring high above the rim, Ronald Holland II of the South Boys threw down a mammoth, rim-rattling jam during the afternoon session of day one of pool play at the Jr. NBA Global Championship, sending the crowd to their feet in a frenzy. Holland II helped the South Boys secure a 55-51 win over the Northwest Boys with a team-leading 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Some of the other top plays of the day included Canada Girls’ Caidence Amartey’s stepback, 3-pointer before the end of the first half, Southeast Boys’ Kanaan Carlyle’s halfcourt buzzer-beater and Amanai Hansberry’s transition slam. Canada Boys’ Jalik Dunkley also added to the top plays during Tuesday night’s showcase with a monster swat off the backboard against the Asia Pacific Boys.
Day 2 of Jr. NBA Global Championship pool play starts on Wednesday, August 7 at 10:30 AM ET as the Midwest Boys host the South Boys (Twitch) and the Northeast Girls take on the Central Girls (Twitch). Wednesday’s nationally televised games include the Canada Boys against the China Boys at 6 PM ET (FS2), the Central Girls taking on the West Girls at 7:30 PM ET (FS1) and the South Boys hosting the Mid-Atlantic Boys at 9 PM ET (FS1). The rest of Day 2’s pool play games can be found on Twitch.TV/NBA/Squad.