WESTFIELD, IN: All Ohio and The Family won the right to represent the Midwest, Sunday, at the Pacers Athletic Center in Westfield, Indiana. The teams now advance to compete to be Jr. NBA Global Champions in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, August 6-11.
Both championship games from Sunday’s action came down to the final seconds of play.
All Ohio defeated Team Knockdown 2023, 56-51 with a massive performance by Sole Williams. Williams had 18 points and six boards, both team highs. One of the best plays of the day came from Williams at the end of the first half, as she drained a triple right before the buzzer sounded.
All Ohio defeated Nike Lady Gym Rats to make it the championship game.
The Family came away with the most exciting victory of the weekend in the biggest moment. After a back-and-forth game throughout the first 30 minutes, everything came down to the wire. With under 10 seconds left in the game, tied at 54, Curtis Williams stole the inbound pass away from the Blue Chips, and took it to the hole in for the winning play of the game.
Williams will join S’mya Nichols from the Central as players to go to back-to-back Global Championships.
The Family’s head coach Marcel Smith praised his team after the down-to-the-wire, 56-54 win, saying, “Our kids showed a lot of hard work. They played together, and they were ready for the moment.”
It was a chaotic, hyped up game… And we finally got it done at the end of the day.
– Marcel Smith, The Family
After the action ended, T.J. Leaf and Kelsey Mitchell presented individual awards to players that best exemplified the Jr. NBA core values of Determination, Teamwork, and Respect. Zayaria Miller and Timmie Jordan received the Determination award for their intensity and key performances in the biggest games of the tournament. Sole Williams and Amire Robinson were presented with the Teamwork award for their leadership among their teammates. Jakayla Thompson and Kylan Boswell got the Respect award for exceptional sportsmanship throughout the weekend.
Click here for all of the scores & stats from the Midwest Regional tournament. U.S. Regionals continue next week with the Mid-Atlantic and South regionals, from District Heights, MD and Dallas, TX respectively. Keep up with the action on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.