FRISCO, TX: Team FOE (boys) and Lady Nike Pro Skills (girls) won their respective Regional Championships, Sunday, to earn the right to represent the South at the Jr. NBA World Championship August 7-12.
Team FOE dominated throughout the tournament behind the leadership of Cason Wallace and Omari Abor. Wallace carried his team when they needed big plays. He averaged 14 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while finishing the finals just one point shy of a double-double. Abor was a force in bracket play as he averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Team FOE closed out play with an impressive 67-53 win over the Houston Hoops Blue Chips.
Lady Nike Pro Skills won their tournament in dramatic fashion. With 2.5 seconds remaining on the clock in game, and her team down 63-61, Jasmyn Lott stole the inbound pass from GBD1 and laid it in as time ran out in regulation to send the game to OT. As the clock ticked down in the extra period, Pro Skills was able to fend off the last efforts of GBD1 to take the crown. Four players from the Pro Skills team finished the game with 15 points or more. The individual effort of GBd1’s Channie McKinney cannot be overlooked either as she finished the Final with 35 points and five rebounds.
WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes was on hand to take in the action from the championship games and offered words of encouragement to the losing teams.
After the action ended, NBA legend Sam Perkins, again was on hand, this time to present awards and trophies to the teams and standout athletes.
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 with individual awards.
U.S. Regional play now moves to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania next weekend to determine representatives for the Mid-Atlantic Region.