They dribbled, passed, ran, dunked, and played their hearts out as the world watched thirty-two teams play for the title of the first-ever Jr. NBA World Champions at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Florida. How did these thirty-two lucky teams make it to the championships? It was no simple feat—317 boys and girls from 35 countries had to win their regional championships first.
So, who got to call themselves the champs? The Central Boys and Girls. The Central Girls played Europe and won with a final score of 68-38, while the Central Boys played Africa & Middle East and took the title in the last minutes of the game with a final score of 45-42. Congratulations to the Central Boys and Girls! We can’t wait for the next Jr. NBA World Championships—how about you?