ORANGE COUNTY, CA: West Regional Tournament play continued Saturday from MAP Sports Complex in Orange County, CA.
Pool play wrapped up in the early afternoon, capped off by an exciting buzzer beating bucket by Ariel Perkins for the Rialto Lady Rebels to defeat Cal Sparks Extreme, 56-55.
Brooklyn Nets gaurd, Spencer Dinwiddie, led a Life Skills Session in the early afternoon. Court 2, packed with players from every team of the tournament, as well as parents and Coaches, was treated to a discussion focused on key aspects of growing as a player and a person.
Dinwiddie reinforced the core values of the NBA: Teamwork, Respect, Determination, and Community. Players were reminded that their sportsmanship and attitude on the court are as important as their performance.
Former NBA player, Norm Nixon, took in game action on Saturday. Nixon tossed a ceremonial tip-off to start the final boys pool play game between the Hub City Gymrats and Genesis Hoops 13U.
The opening round of bracket play finished the day with nail biting finishes, including the first two overtime games of the tournament. The San Diego Waves, led by Breya Cunningham and Jazalyn Anousinh, staved off elimination against the GBL Lady Rebels. On the boys side, AZ Be Elite defeated the Las Vegas Punishers with a 57-53 win in overtime to keep their hopes of going to Disney World alive.
The Jr. NBA World Championship West Regional Tournament wraps up Sunday with four teams in each of the boys and girls brackets remaining. Championship Bracket play is set to resume at 9:15 PM local time.