Glory for American Community School as Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League reaches exciting conclusion
The American Community School experienced double joy as the historic inaugural edition of the Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League reached its thrilling conclusion on the day of the Gala Finals.
The joint venture between the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) saw 450 boys and girls aged 11-14 from 30 schools in Abu Dhabi participate in the youth basketball league for the first time. time in the region. Each school was assigned an NBA franchise to represent.
More than two months of intense action concluded on Saturday in front of legendary former players Paul Pierce and Robert Horry, with cheery hosts in a packed ACS walking away with glory in both competitions.
“To see players playing hard not to win for themselves, but to win for their teammates, has been the greatest joy,” said triumphant ACS coach Levent Edepli.
The youth league is part of a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership between DCT Abu Dhabi and the NBA. The deal will see the UAE capital become the first Persian Gulf city to host NBA pre-season games when the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks meet at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island. Thursday 6 and Saturday 8 October.
Other facets of the partnership involve a variety of interactive fan events featuring appearances from current and former NBA stars, an NBA 2K league exhibit, and a series of NBA fitness clinics.
Little separated the teams in two tense Jr. NBA Finals this weekend, watched by more than 400 spectators.
AEC girls [San Antonio Spurs] won 11-10 against Summit International School [Memphis Grizzlies]. Winners’ Esin Edepli was named MVP after a game that was decided in the final seconds.
A late three-pointer decided the boys’ title. SCA [Portland Trail Blazers] picked up a 23-20 win over Raha International School [Phoenix Suns]with Aaron Trescott earning MVP honors.
Theodore Monod French International High School [Brooklyn Nets] beat ACS II [Detroit Pistons] 21-18 in the boys’ third/fourth playoff. For girls, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi [Washington Wizards] won 29-1 against Horizon Private School Abu Dhabi [Charlotte Hornets].
Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi returns later this year for a second edition.
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