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    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and the University of Missouri wheelchair basketball teams are well represented on the 2017 U.S. Men’s U23 World Championships Team, announced by the NWBA on Monday. The University of Wisconsin at Whitewater secured five positions, with the University of Missouri placing three athletes on the team that will compete at 2017 IWBF U23 Men’s World Championships in Toronto, Canada, in June 8-16.

    Leading the way for the Whitewater team are Kyle Gribble of Elmhurst, Illinois, and John Schwartz of Osceola, Indiana, who both helped the Warhawks to a National title in the 2015-16 season. Mark Krenz II of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Collin Evans of Mondovi, Wisconsin; and Drew Selz of Waterford, Wisconsin, round out the five athletes from Whitewater.

    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has produced numerous U.S. Paralympians, and is a perennial force in the NWBA’s Intercollegiate Division. The Warhawks have won six of the last nine National Championships, all under the guidance of head coach Jeremy Lade of Whitewater, Wisconsin, who is also the head coach of the U.S. U23 Men’s team.

    Representing the Mizzou Tigers are Marshall Lindsay of Stansbury Park, Utah; Tyler Malone of Arlington, Texas; and Joe Underwood of Phoenix, Arizona.

    The University of Nebraska at Omaha has two athletes on the team with Jeromie Meyer II of Woodbine, Iowa, and Brent Regier of Henderson, Nebraska.

    Rounding out the 12-athlete roster are Fabian Romo of Missouri City, Texas, who plays for the University of Texas at Arlington, and Chayse Wolf of Wilmington, Ohio, who rolls for Edinboro University.

    Team USA won the International Basketball Federation Continental Qualifier in January by going undefeated in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the Qualifier, Team USA outscored its competition 438-171 over six games with an average of 73 points per game, and holding its opponents to 28.5 points per game.

    The United States was drawn into Pool B for the 12-team World Championships. They will start pool play on June 8 against Great Britain at 10 a.m. EDST. The rest of Pool B includes: Japan, France, South Africa and Germany. Pool A is Turkey, Iran, Brazil, Australia, Italy, and host country Canada.

    Quarterfinals for the World Championships is slated for June 14, followed by 5th-10th place games and semi-finals on June 15. The gold and bronze medal games scheduled for June 16.

    Joining Lade on the sidelines are assistant coaches Christian Burkett of Seattle, Washington, and Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri. Kelly Fischbach will serve as the Team Leader, with Mike Lenser of Whitewater, Wisconsin working at the athletic trainer.

    The U23 men’s wheelchair basketball program is an international development team that serves as NWBA pipeline to the U.S. Men’s National Team. This program provides elite youth athletes the opportunity to compete at the international level. Team USA has reached the championship game in three of the last five U23 World Championships, having won in 2005 and 2009. The United States claimed a bronze medal in 2001, and did not participate in 2013. 

    2017 U.S. Men’s U23 World Championships Roster

    Alphabetical

    Name, Hometown, College Team

    Collin Evans, Mondovi, Wis., Univ. Wis-Whitewater

    Kyle Gribble, Elmhurst, Ill., Univ. Wis-Whitewater

    Mark Krenz II, Milwaukee, Wis., Univ. Wis-Whitewater

    Marshall Lindsay, Stansbury Park, Utah, Univ. of Missouri

    Tyler Malone, Arlington, Texas, Univ. of Missouri

    Jeromie Meyer II, Woodbine, Iowa, Univ. Nebraska-Omaha

    Brent Regier, Henderson, Neb., Univ. Nebraska-Omaha

    Fabian Romo, Missouri City, Texas, Univ. Texas-Arlington

    John Schwartz, Osceola, Ind., Univ. Wis-Whitewater

    Drew Selz, Waterford, Wis., Univ. Wis-Whitewater

    Joe Underwood, Phoenix, Ariz., Univ. of Missouri

    Chayse Wolf, Wilmington, Ohio, Edinboro University

    Head coach: Jeremy Lade, Whitewater, Wisconsin; Assistant coaches: Christian Burkett, Seattle, Washington; Scott Meyer, Columbia, Missouri; Team leader: Kelly Fischbach, Vermillion, South Dakota; Athletic Trainer: Mike Lenser, Whitewater, Wisconsin

    2017 IWBF U23 Men’s World Championships Schedule

    Toronto, Canada, June 8-16 (All Times EDST / Home Team Listed Last)

    June 8 at 10 a.m.

    USA vs. Great Britain

    June 9 at 3 p.m.

    Germany vs. USA

    June 10 at 8 a.m.

    France vs. USA

    June 11 at 12 p.m.

    USA vs. Japan

    June 12 at 12 p.m.

    South Africa vs. USA

    June 14 

    11th/12th Place Game at 10 a.m.

    Quarterfinals at 12 p.m.; 3 p.m.; 6 p.m.; 8 p.m.

    June 15

    9th/10th Place Game at 10 a.m.

    7th/8th Place Game at 12 p.m.

    5th/6th Place Game at 3 p.m.

    Semi-Finals at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

    June 16

    Bronze Medal Game at 10 a.m.

    Gold Medal Game at 12 p.m.

    2017 IWBF U23 Men’s World Championships Pools

    Toronto, Canada, June 8-16 

    Pool A: Turkey, Iran, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Italy

    Pool B: Great Britain, Japan, United States, France, South Africa, Germany

    Two-time U.S. Paralympic medalist Steve Serio of Westbury, New York, has been voted in by his peers to represent the National Wheelchair Basketball Association on the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council. The NWBA conducted its election process following the approval of the new NWBA Bylaws.

    Serio, 29 years old, will attend his first meeting the weekend of May 19. He came onto the international wheelchair basketball scene at 2006 World Championships where team USA won a silver medal. His resume at IWBF events is impressive winning nine medals at senior caliber events (Paralympics; World Championships and Para Pan Am Games). In total, Serio has represented the United States at all major competitions, including three Paralympic Games, four Para Pan Am Games, three World Championships and two U23 World Championships.

    The USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council is responsible for broadening communication between the United States Olympic Committee and active athletes, and serves as a source of input and advice to the USOC board of directors. The AAC consists of at least one athlete from each National Governing Body (NGB) which the United States is represented at the Olympic and Pan American Games, eight athletes representing the Paralympic Sport Organizations or NGBs designated to govern a Paralympic sport, and six athletes elected by the AAC to serve at-large, including a chair and two vice chairs.

    Ryan Neiswender of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, will serve at the alternate. Neiswender was a member of the 2013 America’s Zonal Qualifier team that won gold. He also was a player on the men’s wheelchair basketball team at the University of Illinois.

    2016-17 NWBA Season Survey

    05/05/2017, 12:00pm CDT
    By NWBA

    Response asked from all members of the NWBA

    The NWBA asks for your assistance in evaluating the 2016-17 NWBA season. Please click on the following link to complete the 2016-17 NWBA Season Survey.

    The NWBA announced Tuesday that Ryan Neiswender and Steve Serio are the candidates that have been nominated for the NWBA's representative to the U.S. Olympic Committee Athletes' Advisory Council. Voting is open now and will close at noon Mountain time on Monday, May 8. 

    Per NWBA Bylaws Article 12, athletes who meet the qualifications in 12.2 are eligible to vote. Ballots will be emailed to qualified athletes that the NWBA has record of. If you did not receive a ballot, please email Anthony Bartkowski at anthonybartkowski@nwba.org to receive your ballot. 

    Voting closes on Monday, May 8 at noon Mountain time. 

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – Three returning U.S. Paralympic gold medalists will highlight the roster of 12 athletes that will represent the United States at the 2017 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation America’s Zonal Qualifier, set for Cali, Colombia, August 21-30. Leading the team is two-time Paralympian Desi Miller of Monroe, Washington, who was a significant contributor to the gold-medal performance in Rio. Miller, a three-time Para Pan American gold medalist, has also played on two World Championships teams, winning the gold in 2010. 

    This is the first major event for Team USA as they start the roll towards the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Team USA must place in the top four at the America’s Qualifier, in order to compete at the 2018 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. The 2019 Para Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, is the other major event for Team USA.

    Also making the America’s Zonal team, were Abby Dunkin of New Braunfels, Texas, and Vanessa Erskine of Kearney, Missouri. Dunkin a student-athlete at the University of Texas at Arlington, also was a member of the gold-medal winning 2015 Para Pan Am Games team. Erskine, a two-time College National Champion for the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, currently plays professional wheelchair basketball in Germany.

    Dunkin will be joined by two other athletes who currently play for the University of Texas at Arlington. They are Josie Aslakson of Jordan, Minnesota; and Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, Tennessee.

    The University of Alabama is represented by Emily Oberst of Brookefield, Wisconsin, and Brittany Gustafson of Monticello, Minnesota. Miller also graduated from the University of Alabama. Shelby Gruss of Ossian, Indiana, was selected and plays for the University of Illinois.

    In addition to Erskine, Lindsay Zurbrugg of Portland, Oregon, has made the cut and attends the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Sarah Heinzl of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is on the roster of 12 and attends the University of Arizona.

    The depth of women’s wheelchair basketball in the United States is prevalent as two high school athletes were selected: Riley Ljungdahl of Longmont, Colorado; and Zoe Voris of Crown Point, Indiana.

    NWBA Hall of Famer Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, California, will serve as the U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach. Johnson, a 15-time U.S. Men’s National Team member and two-time Paralympic medalist, will be assisted by Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin, and Adam Kramer of Northport, Alabama. Athletic Trainer Karla Wessels of Lexington, Kentucky, and Team Leader Kearstin Gehlhausen of Denver, Colorado, return for a second term.

    The U.S. Women’s returned to the top of the podium at the Rio Paralympics, marking the third Paralympic gold medal in the last four Paralympics Games (2004, 2008, and 2016). The U.S. Women’s team dominated the field in Rio going undefeated, 7-0, and maintains the medal count lead with seven Paralympic medals, including four gold medals.

    Last summer, Team USA led six statistical categories over the seven-game stretch at the Rio Paralympics. It is the third time that the United States has gone undefeated at the Paralympics, en route to the gold medal. Team USA led shooting percentage at 53.8 percent; points for at 505 points (72.1/game); assists with 178 (25.4/game); fouls with 55; and the least turnovers at 61 (8.7/game). The United States was second in points against with 42.3 per game.

    Declaration of Candidacy Forms Due Monday, May 1 at 12 p.m. Mountain

    2017-2020 Quad USOC AAC Elections Procedures for
    National Wheelchair Basketball Association

    Outcome sought

    Election of one (1) athlete representative and one (1) alternate from the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, to the USOC Athletes' Advisory Council for the 2017-2020 quadrennium.

    Eligibility

    Eligible athletes shall be those who have represented the United States at the Paralympic Games, Parapan American Games, or World Championships within the ten (10) years preceding January 1, 2017.

    • Eligible events are: 2016 Paralympic Games; 2015 Parapan American Games; 2014 World Championships; 2013 America’s Zonal Qualifier; 2012 Paralympic Games; 2011 Parapan American Games; 2010 World Championships; 2009 America’s Zonal Qualifier; 2008 Paralympic Games; 2007 Parapan American Games.

    Athletes shall not be eligible if they are paid employees of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), an NGB/HPMO, or a city’s domestic bid committee for an Olympic or Paralympic Games.

    An athlete may not have served two previous terms on the AAC as a Representative. Status as an Alternate does not constitute serving a term.

    Athletes must be willing to commit to a minimum of two (2) of the three (3) meetings a year. All expenses for either the Representative or Alternate (in the event that the Representative cannot attend), associated with attending the meetings are paid by the USOC.

    Administration and Governing Authority

    The NWBA shall administer the election. All contact for the election will be through Anthony Bartkowski: anthonybartkowski@nwba.org

    Process

    NWBA will send an email (by April 24, 2017) to all eligible athletes in the NWBA database who meet eligibility requirements for the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council (USOC AAC), and the NWBA will post the information on its website at www.NWBA.org. The NWBA database of e-mail addresses only goes back to 2015, and requests those who may not receive an e-mail to contact the NWBA Contact to update their information.

    Eligible athletes shall notify the NWBA contact with a completed Declaration of Candidacy form. The Declaration of Candidacy forms must be returned to the NWBA contact no later than noon Mountain time on Monday, May 1, 2017.

    The NWBA will compile and post a list of eligible athletes who have self-nominated for the one (1) representative for the NWBA’s USOC AAC Representative to the NWBA website (www.nwba.org) by end of the day on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. In addition, these procedures will be posted on the website.

    The NWBA will e-mail a voting ballot to each eligible voting athlete.

    All voting by eligible athletes must be completed by noon Mountain time on Monday, May 8, 2017, and e-mailed to NWBA contact: Anthony Bartkowski at anthonybartkowski@nwba.org.

    All athletes’ individual votes are confidential.

    Depending on how many athletes are nominated, the following will apply:

    • If only one (1) athlete is nominated then that athlete shall be the representative. An alternate will be elected at a subsequent time.
    • If two (2) athletes are nominated then the athlete with the most votes (plurality) shall be the representative. The other athlete shall be the alternate regardless of gender.
    • If three (3) athletes are nominated then the athlete with the most votes (plurality) shall be the representative. The highest voted athlete of the opposite gender shall be the alternate. If there are no athletes of the opposite gender then the runner up shall be the alternate.
    • If four (4) or more athletes are nominated and one athlete wins a majority of the votes then that athlete will be the representative. The highest voted athlete of the opposite gender shall be the alternate. If there no athletes of the opposite gender then the runner up shall be the alternate.
    • If four (4) or more athletes are nominated and no athlete wins a majority of the votes then three athletes will move forward to a second round of voting. The two highest voted athletes will always move forward to the second round. If the two highest voted athletes are of the same gender then whenever possible, the highest voted athlete of the opposite gender. If there are no athletes of the opposite gender then the third highest voted athlete will move forward to the second round.

    Majority is defined as fifty percent (50%) or more of the votes cast and any informal grievances should be addressed to NWBA Executive Director Jim Scherr, at jimscherr@nwba.org.

    If a second round of voting is necessary, the NWBA will e-mail ballots on or about May 8, 2017 with eligible candidates as described above. All voting needing a second round must be completed through NWBA contact Anthony Bartkowski by noon Mountain time on Friday, May 12, 2017.

    Winners will be announced on or about May 15, 2017.

    Vacancies

    If a Representative vacancy remains leaving no Representative and no Alternate, another election shall be conducted at a later date but within a year. The election dates shall be communicated to all eligible athletes. These election procedures shall remain in effect to govern the elections.

    If an Alternate athlete vacancy remains, another election shall be conducted at a later date within a year of the close of this election. The election dates shall be communicated to all eligible athletes of the opposite gender from the Representative. If there is not an athlete of the opposite gender nominated or interested by the time of the next election, the alternate position shall be open to all eligible athletes regardless of gender. These election procedures shall remain in effect to govern the elections.

    If a Representative vacancy occurs during the quadrennium (for reasons such as recusal, removal, etc.), then the Alternate shall become the Representative. A new election shall take place for the Alternate, as described above for an Alternate vacancy.

     

    The NWBA is accepting applications for the 2017 U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. This team will consist of 12 athletes that will travel to Cali, Colombia, August 21-31, 2017, to participate in the America’s zone qualifier. 

    All athletes interested in trying out for the U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team must attend team tryouts May 23-27, 2017, at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama. Players are responsible for their own transportation to and from (air or driving) to the Lakeshore Foundation.  Housing, meals and ground transportation once in Birmingham will be provided by the NWBA. All athletes must be a U.S. Citizen.

    All interested players must fill out the attached application and submit to Brandon McBeain at BrandonMcBeain@nwba.org  by April 28, 2017, for consideration.  Submitting your application does not guarantee that you will receive an invitation to the tryout camp.

    Photos courtesy NWBA/Linda Doane

    Louisville, Kentucky – The Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks needed double overtime to claim its seventh NWBA Adult Division I National Title in the last eight seasons, with an 83-78 win over the New York Rollin’ Knicks. The Mavs and Knicks were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 throughout the 2016-17 season, alternating positions several times, with the Mavs regaining the No. 1 slot as the season concluded and earned the No. 1 seed. 

    The Kentucky Exposition Center was packed around the championship court as both teams exchanged baskets. Canada’s Paralympic gold medalist Patrick Anderson paced the Knicks in the first half scoring 14 of the Knicks’ 34, for a 34-30 lead. The Mavericks utilized their starting five who all contributed, with Andreas Kraft putting back 15 of his 29 points in the first half. Kraft was named the NWBT D-I MVP.

    The second half was a back-and-forth affair with each team have either a one- or two-point lead in the waning minutes, and tied at 65-65. In the first overtime, both teams scored five points each. The second overtime belonged to the Mavs’ Bobbie Nickleberry who scored four of his 20, to seal the win. Also, seeing double digits in scoring were U.S. Paralympic medalists Jason Nelms (2012, bronze) with 14 points, and Aaron Gouge (2016, gold) with 11 points.

    The Knicks’ scoring leaders were Paralympic gold medalists: Anderson with 26 points, David Eng with 20 points, and Steve Serio with 13 points.

    Junior Division Varsity National Championships

    Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers def. BlazeSports Junior Hawks, 54-36

    The Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers jumped out to an early lead en route to their first Varsity National Championships with four athletes scoring double digits. Tanner Gentry, the Varsity National Championship Game MVP, set the stage scoring 18 of his 25 in the first half. In the second stanza, Matthew Talbot pushed the Pacers with 12 of his 15 points in the second half. Gabe DenBraber scoring 12 points.

    The Hawks witnessed four athletes contributing and being led by Samuel Armas with 14 points, while Eric Francis and Jordan Kozloski scored 8 points each.

    Junior Division Prep National Championships

    WASA Junior Bucks def. LWSRA, 29-14

    The WASA Junior Bucks opened the NWBT’s Championship Sunday morning by defeating the LWSRA Rolling Hawks, 29-14, to win their first NWBA Prep National Championships. Travis Beckler led the Bucks with 12 points, and was named the NWBT Championship Game MVP. Also contributing for the Bucks was Lucas Oswald with 8 points, and Raia Ottenheimer with 6 points.

    The Hawks were paced by Zach Gorecki with 6 points, with Jivon Payton and Harmonee Ruetes scoring 4 points each.

    Varsity Division II National Championships

    DFW Freewheelers def. Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers, 55-40

    The DFW Freewheelers opened the game on a 6-0 run and never looked back to claim the first D-II National Championships by defeating the Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers, 55-40. The NWBA brought the D-II league back after an eight-year hiatus. The Freewheelers were consistent with a strong defense shutting down the Cavs, which opened up Blake McMinn who scored 24 points for the win. Enoch Ablorh found the basket for 13 points. Leading the defense was 2016 U.S. Paralympic gold medalist Darlene Hunter, who also scored four points. Ablorh was named the D-II MVP.

    The Cavs scoring leaders were 2012 U.S. Paralympic bronze medalist Will Waller with 17 points, and Randall Zinn jr. with 11 points.

    Adult Division III National Championships

    Oklahoma Rollin Trojans def. LWSRA Hawks, 67-58

    Michael Thompkins lit up the boards for the Oklahoma Rollin Trojans scoring a single-game tournament high 54 points, as the Trojans came from behind to win its first D-III title over the LWSRA Hawks, 67-58. Thompkins’ scoring spree started in the first half with 21 points, and then the onslaught came in the second for 35 points. The rest of the bench contributed 13.

    The Hawks were led by two reaching double figures, Paul Smith (24 points) and Jeff Yackley (12 points). Zoe Voris and Thomas Duffy each scored nine points.

    Junior Division NIT Championship

    Denver Junior Rolling Nuggets def. Peoria Wildcats, 45-17

    To close out Saturday afternoon, the first of six title games were played as the Denver Junior Rolling Nuggets closed out the season with a 45-17 victory over the Peoria Wildcats to win the Junior National Invitational Tournament. Leading the way for the Nuggets was Noah Hotchkiss with 27 points, with contributions from Jonathan McNamara with 10 points and Abigail Farrell putting up 7 points.

    The 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical was the largest ever with 95 teams competing in two divisions (Adult and Junior) for National Championships. The NWBT featured a total of 190 games on 12 courts

    Denver Junior Rolling Nuggets Win Junior NIT Title

    Louisville, Kentucky – It is the much-anticipated game that has been building throughout the 2016-17 NWBA season as the top two seeds of the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical will square off at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Sunday at 1 p.m. The No. 1 Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks and No. 2 New York Rollin’ Knicks will highlight the NWBT’s Championship Sunday format for the Adult Division I National Championship.

    The Kentucky Exposition Center was buzzing as the fans were gathered around the feature courts. The Knicks tipped off the semi-final round first against the No. 3 Rogue Valley Scorpions. Both teams started out quickly each scoring six points in the first several minutes, and then the Paralympic gold-medal, star studded team of Team USA’s Steve Serio and Canadians Pat Anderson and David Eng took over and never looked back as they eclipsed the Scorpions, 84-43, to advance to their first National title game since 2015.

    On the other side of the bracket, the Mavericks were just as dominant rolling past the No. 4 Sacramento Rollin’ Kings, 82-64. The Mavs feature several U.S. Paralympians: Aaron Gouge, Jason Nelms, and Jemel Pennie. The Mavericks have won the last six of seven D-I National Title Games, with their only defeat coming from the Knicks.

    The Junior Division Varsity game will feature the No. 4 Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers, after they up-ended the Dallas Junior Mavericks in the semi-finals, 65-48. Also advancing to the Varsity National Championship Game will be the No. 2 BlazeSports Junior Hawks, who held on for 54-41 win over the Courage Kenny Junior Rolling Timberwolves. This will be the first Varsity National Championship game for both teams.

    To close out Saturday afternoon, the first of six title games were played as the Denver Junior Rolling Nuggets closed out the season with a 45-17 victory over the Peoria Wildcats to win the Junior National Invitational Tournament. Leading the way for the Nuggets was Noah Hotchkiss with 27 points, with contributions from Jonathan McNamara with 10 points and Abigail Farrell putting up 7 points.

    The Adult Division II game will feature the No. 5 Cleveland Wheelchair Cavs and No. 3 DFW Freewheelers immediately following the Adult Division I game. The Freewheelers edged the Los Angeles Clippers Chairmen, 45-40, to advance to the National Championship. The Cavs knocked off the Detroit Diehards, 53-42.

    The Adult Division III game will showcase the No. 1 LWSRA Hawks against the Oklahoma Rollin’ Trojans. The Hawks defeated the Orlando Magic Wheels, 64-35. The No. No. Trojans cruised to the title game by defeating the Las Vegas Yuccas, 69-27. This game is set at the end of the D-II championship.

    Championship Sunday will start with the Junior Prep Division that will feature No. 9 LWSRA Hawks and No. 6 WASA Junior Bucks, at 8 a.m. Eastern. The Hawks beat the RHI Junior Racers, 28-17, and the Bucks held off the Oklahoma Blaze, 31-27.

    The 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical is the largest ever with 95 teams competing in two divisions (Adult and Junior) for National Championships in five classes and a title for the Varsity National Invitational Tournament. The NWBT features a total of 190 games on 12 courts, with Saturday featuring all placement games and bronze-medal games. Saturday will close with the Varsity National Invitational title game at 4 p.m. Eastern.

    Individual tickets are available for the 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical. Event tickets sold at the Kentucky Exposition Center will be: $32 for adults for all sessions or $19.00 per day. Children 11-18 will be $12 for all sessions and $10 per day. Children 10 and under are free. 

    Photo credit: NWBA/Linda Doane

    Louisville, Kentucky – At the halfway point of the 69th National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical, only two of the five divisions competing for a National Title have the top four seeds alive, setting up a challenger Saturday that should raise the roof at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The NWBA’s Adult Division-1 and Junior Division’s Varsity league will feature No. 1-4 seeds in the semi-finals, starting at 8 a.m. Eastern. 

    The defending Adult D-I defending champion Dallas Mavericks powered through the quarterfinals with a 77-53 victory. The No. 4 Sacramento Rollin’ Kings narrowly held on over the 2016 runner-ups Milwaukee Bucks, 64-56, and will square off with the Mavericks. This anticipated match up will tip at high noon at the Kentucky Exposition Center on court 3.

    The other side of the D-I bracket will feature the No. 2 New York Rollin’ Knicks versus the No. 3 Rogue Valley Scorpions, in a much talked-about semi-final. The Knicks rolled past the RIC Hornets, 81-45, to advance. The Scorpions escaped a close game against the University of Arizona, 68-65.

    The top four teams in the Adult D-I have battled throughout the season with the Knicks and Mavericks holding either No. 1 or No. 2 since the onset.

    The No. 1 seed Dallas Junior Mavericks, No. 4 Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers, and No. 2 BlazeSports Junior Hawks could make their first National title game with a victory on Saturday morning. The No. 3 Courage Kenny Junior Rolling Timberwolves, with a win, could be in the championship game for the fourth consecutive year, winning a title in 2016 and 2014.

    The Mavericks nearly doubled up the BORP Junior Road Warrios, 54-29 to advance, while the Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers rolled into the semi-finals by defeating the 2016 runner-ups TIRR Houston Hotwheels, 58-49.

    The Timberwolves were pushed in the quarterfinals and escaped onto the semi-finals by holding off the RIC Racers, 50-49. The BlazeSports Hawks move forward with their win over the WASA Junior Bucks, 53-38.

    The other semi-final contests will be:

    Adult Division II – No. 9 Detroit Diehards vs. No. 5 Cleveland Wheelchair Cavs; and No. 3 DFW Freewheelers vs. No. 15 LA Clippers Chairmen

    Adult Division III – No. 1 LWSRA Hawks vs. No. 5 Orlando Magic Wheels; and No. 3 Las Vegas Yuccas vs. No. 7 Oklahoma Rollin’ Trojans

    Junior Division, Prep League – No. 9 LWSRA Hawks vs. No. 4 RHI Jr. Racers; and No. 6 WASA Junior Bucks vs. No. 10 Oklahoma Blaze

    Junior NIT – Denver Rollin’ Nuggets vs. Michigan Rollin’ Pistons/Challengers; and Lakeshore Lakers vs. Peoria Wildcats

    Friday was closed out with the Per4Max Shootout presented by Spinergy, which is a shooting contest for a member from the Junior Division's Varsity league, and was a crowd favorite as 16 Junior-aged athletes advanced to the championship finals set for Saturday at 4 p.m. Eastern,on court four. 

    The Top End Talent Identification Clinic was overwhelmingly received as more than 75 Junior-aged athletes were instructed on the various wheelchair basketball techniques, drills, and skills for two hours by the U.S. Men'sand Women's Coaching Staffs, and a group of Top End endorsed athletes who have won 48 Paralympic Games medals. 

    The 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical is the largest ever with 95 teams competing in two divisions (Adult and Junior) for National Championships in five classes and a title for the Varsity National Invitational Tournament. The NWBT features a total of 190 games on 12 courts, with Saturday featuring all placement games and bronze-medal games. Saturday will close with the Varsity National Invitational title game at 4 p.m. Eastern.

    The semi-final winners will advance to the NWBT’s Championship Sunday with the Prep Division starting the day at 8 a.m., with Varsity following at 10:30, and the Adult D-I, D-II, and D-III following.

    Individual tickets are available for the 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical. Event tickets sold at the Kentucky Exposition Center will be: $32 for adults for all sessions or $19.00 per day. Children 11-18 will be $12 for all sessions and $10 per day. Children 10 and under are free.

    The brackets for the 2017 NWBT can be found by clicking on the appropriate link below:

    2017 Prep Bracket

    2017 Junior NIT Bracket

    2017 Varsity Bracket

    2017 Adult Division I Bracket

    2017 Adult Division II Bracket

    2017 Adult Division III Bracket

     

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