Pressure Builds, Bracket Play Begins in the Northwest

  • June 23, 2019 at 1:09 am
Pressure Builds, Bracket Play Begins in the Northwest

BEAVERTON, OR: Day 2 from Beaverton, Oregon is in the books! Tree of Hope and Seattle Rotary both advanced to Championship Sunday in pursuit of defending their Northwest crowns. After pool play concluded in the early afternoon, NBA Player Development’s Ashley Battle led a life skills today with special guests Gary Trent Jr. and Shay Murphy. The first round of bracket play followed to round out an exciting day of action from The Hoop. As expected, the intensity in the gym was palpable, and the last game of the night was the most contentious as Team Oregon edged out a 70-69 win over Holla. Tomorrow, teams will leave it all on the court to decide who will represent the region in Orlando at the Jr. NBA Global Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Saturdays at regional tournaments encompass the spirit of the game and lessons learned on and off the court through a Life Skills Session with NBA and WNBA talent. In the afternoon, Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent, Jr. and former WNBA player Shay Murphy spoke to the players and coaches of the tournament about being the best versions of themselves in the gym and in life.

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With Championship Sunday just around the corner, players across the board made incredible plays to lift their teams. Malia Samuels unloaded an incredible assist from the halfcourt line. Her team, the Evolution Greyhounds will take on Utah Premier in the semifinals.

Defending champions from the Girls division, Tree of Hope, will battle against Team Oregon in the other semifinal matchup.

Dynasty Red’s Adrian Mosley made his presence known today on defense. Dynasty Red takes on PDX Elite in the semifinals, tomorrow.

Rounding out the semifinal round will be Seattle Rotary against Alaska TruGame, which has the makings of a potential thriller.

Click here for all of the scores & stats from Day 2 in Beaverton. Watch all the action from the Northwest live on Eleven and Flo Sports. Semifinal matchups start at 12:15PM ET/9:15AM PT. As always, @jrnba will continue to feature the best highlights on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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