EMERSON, GA: The competition level was high as pool play tipped off from the Jr. NBA Global Championship Southeast Regional at LakePoint Champions Center in Emerson, Georgia. Defending Southeast champions TSF Mack 2023 (Boys) and SC 76ers (Girls) both went undefeated on the day, setting them up well for tomorrow’s bracket play.
Gora Niang of AOT 2023 had perhaps the play of the day on this alley-oop pass from teammate Malachi Brown. His team went 2-0 on the first day of pool play. Joining them were two teams who advanced from NBA team local qualifiers. Team Thad and Warrior Basketball 2023 won automatic bids to the Southeast Regional from the Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic tournaments earlier this year.
Coach Roger Wiley of the SC76ers spoke about his team’s experience last year in Orlando and the preparation it’ll take for the girls to repeat in 2019. Three players – Drew Alexander, Milaysia Fulwiley and Zuri Goldsberry – return from the 2018 team that won the Southeast Regional.
One thing I knew leaving Orlando is that the regionals were going to be much tougher because the experience was so tremendous.
– Roger Wiley, SC 76ers
Coach Wiley of The SC76ers shares his experience last year at the #JrNBAGlobalChampionship in Orlando, as his program is back at the Southeast Regional to defend their Girls title in Year 2! pic.twitter.com/sF9hqIK7g3
— Jr. NBA (@jrnba) June 14, 2019
Zamareya Jones of Team 252 exemplified that toughness, taking the ball coast-to-coast, besting four defenders before finding the basket.
Games tip tomorrow at 9 AM from Lakepoint Champions Center. Players will get a break in the action to attend a Life Skills session with Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley.
Watch all the action live on Eleven and Flo Sports. And keep up with all of the action on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. As always, the official Jr. NBA Global Championship site will have live stats throughout the weekend.