KING OF PRUSSIA, PA: Slam City and the Germantown Lady Panthers will represent the Mid-Atlantic Region after winning their tournaments, Sunday. Each team earned a trip to the Jr. NBA World Championship, August 7-12, to compete against players and teams from across the world.
Jarace Walker led Slam City to two more wins to punch their ticket to Orlando. The star forward had a double-double in the Mid-Atlantic Final with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Slam City defeated Team Ultimate 72-61 after being down as much as 14 points early in the 1st quarter.
The Lady Panthers had a play-making leader of their own to defeat The Locke Method, 49-44. Kiki Rice absolutely ran the floor throughout the game. Rice accounted for 22 of her team’s 49 points. It was a continuation of her highly impressive performance throughout the tournament. Rice led all scorers with 20.3 points per game during bracket play.
14-year NBA veteran, Jameer Nelson, and former Philadelphia 76er, Marc Jackson, were on hand to speak to teams before the championship matchups, as well as present trophies and individual awards.
The Jr. NBA promotes play on the court that focuses on four core values: Teamwork, Respect, Determination, and Community. Players who showed strength in Teamwork, Respect and Determination were honored for their exceptional character.
Walker and Rice received the Determination Award for their top level effort and drive to win throughout the tournament.
Quinn Clark of Slam City and Paris Locke of The Locke Method were each rewarded with the Teamwork Award for their leadership and selflessness on the court.
Players to receive the Respect Award were Jalen Franklin of Team BBC Select and Delaney Yarborough of the Locke Method.
U.S. Regional wraps up next weekend in Ardsley, New York and Salem, Oregon to determine representatives for the Northeast and Northwest Regions.