Jr. NBA Conference Finals this week
After several months of basketball, the second of basketballscotland’s Jr. NBA 2019/20 programmes has reached the Conference Finals.
The upcoming games will see the second group of schools competing after the Conference Finals of the world’s first Jr. NBA Wheelchair League took place in Perth last month.
The top two teams from each Division will travel to West Edinburgh Warriors and Sony Centre Fury tomorrow to compete for their place at next weekend’s Final Fours. The six teams will face off in two groups, with the winner of each group qualifying for the Final Fours.
In the Eastern Conference, the six teams who have progressed to the Conference Finals at Tynecastle High School are: Washington Wizards James Gillespies, Cleveland Cavaliers Balgreen, Chicago Bulls Pentland, Atlanta Hawks Liberton, Boston Celtics Muirfield and Brooklyn Nets St Thomas.
In the Western Conference, Grangemouth Sports Complex will host: Memphis Grizzlies Bonnybridge, Phoenix Suns St Margarets, GSW Donibrissle, Dallas Mavericks St Margarets, Portland Trailblazers St Patricks and OKC Thunder Lenzie Meadow.
The action tips off in Edinburgh at 13:45, before the second Conference Finals begins in Grangemouth at 16:15. A total of twelve games will be played throughout the day to decide which four schools will progress to the Final Fours.
Amy Kirkhouse, basketballscotland’s Participation Manager, is hoping that the end of the Jr. NBA is only the beginning of the players’ basketball journeys:
“The Jr. NBA Conference Finals mark the culmination of the regular league as we see the top two teams from each Division compete for a place in the Final Fours. It has been great to see some fantastic basketball over the past two months, with over 300 girls and boys taking part in the league. We hope that the new partnerships formed with Scottish clubs this year will help all the players who have taken part in the Jr. NBA continue to play basketball after the programme has ended.”
The two Conference Finals will be covered live on basketballscotland’s digital channels throughout the day.