WESTFIELD, IN: The Family and Sky Diggs Soldiers will represent the Midwest Region at the Jr. NBA World Championship in Orlando, Florida later this summer. Each team won their bracket in nail-biting finishes on Sunday afternoon to claim the Midwest Regional title in Westfield, Indiana.
The Family defeated Bates Fundamentals 2022, 71-68 in an overtime thriller. Ty Rodgers lead his team with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists. Sky Diggs Soldiers, Nevaeh Foster (15 PTS) hit a clutch free throw down the stretch against IGB 2023, downing them 61-60. Amaya Asher also recorded 15 points in the Championship game.
Retired NBA star, Bonzi Wells, presented the winning teams with awards and gave plaques to exceptional players who exuded characteristics that align with the Jr. NBA core values:
The Respect Award was awarded to Olivia Smith from Sky Diggs Soldiers and Michael Williams from Team Michigan because of their sportsmanship throughout the weekend.
The Teamwork Award was given to players who displayed their leadership skills on the court while also facilitating team success. Kyla Oldacre from Sky Diggs Soldiers received the award on the girls side. While Emoni Bates and Kareem Rozier of Bates Fundamentals 2022 were co-awarded on the boys side.
Ashylnn Shade and Ty Rodgers received the Determination Award for their hard work and hustle throughout the weekend.
U.S. Regional play moves to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania next weekend to determine representatives for the Mid-Atlantic Region.