ORLANDO, FL: The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex hosted the Jr. NBA Global Championship Skills Night presented by Gatorade on Thursday night, featuring an influencer All-Star Game, a Skills Challenge, a 3-Point Competition and an electrifying Dunk Exhibition.
The night’s festivities tipped off with the Influencer Game as Team Brittney took down Team Filayyyy in exciting fashion. BDot capped off the contest with an off-the-backboard alley-oop slam that got the crowd on its feet.
At the Skills Challenge, the girls team captured the title for the second straight year as competitors from the Latin American, Central and Northeast Girls teams combined for a tight victory.
The Midwest Girls’ Gracie Barnes captured the 3-Point Contest crown after sinking 9 of her attempts in the championship round. During preliminary qualifying, Barnes knocked down an entire money ball rack.
The Dunk Exhibition featured several mammoth slams, but none bigger than the West Boys’ Quinton Webb’s nightcap. Webb jumped over not one, not two, but three players before throwing down a monster two-handed jam. The fans could hardly contain themselves as they cheered and celebrated with Webb on the court.
In attendance for the night’s festivities were 2018 1st-Round pick and Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba and 2018 WNBA MVP and Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart. Both were quite impressed with the night’s showcase, cheering and high-fiving the competitors.
Bracket Play tips off on Friday at 11:30 AM ET as the Latin American Girls take on the Asia Pacific Girls on Twitch. The first boys games will both take place at 2:30 PM ET as the West Boys host the Northwest Boys on FS1 and the Africa Boys take on the Mexico Boys on Twitch. The other national TV game of the day takes place at 7 PM ET as the West Girls take on the South Girls on FS1.
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