There was double pleasure for American Neighborhood Faculty when the landmark inaugural version of Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League reached its thrilling conclusion on a gala finals day.
The three way partnership between the Division of Tradition and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (NBA) noticed 450 girls and boys aged 11-14 from 30 Abu Dhabi colleges take part within the youth basketball league, for the primary time within the area. Every college was assigned an NBA franchise to symbolize.
Greater than two months of intense motion concluded on Saturday in entrance of legendary former gamers Paul Pierce and Robert Horry, with joyous hosts at a packed ACS coming away with glory in each competitions.
“Seeing gamers enjoying their hearts out to not win it for themselves, however to win it for his or her team-mates, was the best pleasure,” mentioned triumphant ACS coach Levent Edepli.
The youth league is a part of a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership between DCT Abu Dhabi and the NBA. The deal will witness the UAE capital grow to be the primary metropolis within the Arabian Gulf to host pre-season NBA video games when Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks meet at Etihad Enviornment on Yas Island on Thursday, October 6 and Saturday, October 8.
Different sides of the partnership entail quite a lot of interactive fan occasions that includes appearances from present and former NBA stars, an NBA 2K league exhibition and a collection of NBA match clinics.
Little separated the edges in two tense Jr. NBA finals this weekend, watched by greater than 400 spectators.
ACS ladies [San Antonio Spurs] gained 11-10 in opposition to Summit worldwide Faculty [Memphis Grizzlies]. Esin Edepli from the victors was named MVP after a recreation which was determined in the previous couple of seconds.
A late three-pointer determined the boys’ title. ACS [Portland Trail Blazers] claimed a come-from-behind, 23-20 victory versus Raha worldwide Faculty [Phoenix Suns], with Aaron Trescott taking MVP honours.
Lycee Français Worldwide Theodore Monod [Brooklyn Nets] beat ACS II [Detroit Pistons] 21-18 within the boys’ third/fourth playoff. Within the ladies’, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi [Washington Wizards] gained 29-1 in opposition to Horizon Non-public Faculty Abu Dhabi [Charlotte Hornets].
Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi returns later this yr for a second version.
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