COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The inaugural 2020 NWBA Toyota Adult and Junior Wheelchair Basketball National Championship Series concluded last weekend in Wichita, and with it wrapped up the NWBA’s 72nd season. For those of you who missed any of the marquee matchups, below are recaps of each tournament’s bracket, awards, and championship games. You can also visit this link https://www.nwba.org/nationalsresults to see individual game results.
2020 NWBA Toyota Adult Division I Wheelchair Basketball National Championships
#2 Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks defeated #1 New York Rollin’ Knicks, 80-72
In the fifth championship game meeting between the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks and New York Rolling Knicks in the past seven tournaments, the team from Texas now holds a 3-2 advantage.
Winning 72nd edition of the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament 80-72 over the two-time defending champion Knicks, it is the 16th title for the Mavs, all since 1997.
Only the Milwaukee Bucks, second to Dallas in 2016 and to New York last year, have made it to a final since 2014.
It was an epic clash between two powerful and talented sides. While the Knicks were clearly the dominant team in its preliminary games, Dallas hadn't shown its true self until the final.
From the start, it was a puncher's battle with the two stalwarts trading blow for blow, basket for basket. Dallas led after the first ten minutes 23-21 and it was still a 2-point margin at the half 40-38.
Dallas would maintain the lead through three quarters, 59-51 and push the margin to as much as 11 points early in the fourth. The Knicks would never get closer than six the rest of the game.
Jason Nelms led Dallas and all scorers with 30 points and would be honored as the game MVP. The Mavericks' Bobbie Nickleberry, named tournament MVP for the third time, and Zach Blair each added 21. Aaron Gouge scored the other 8.
Steve Serio and Patrick Anderson had 24 points apiece for the Knicks with David Eng scoring 22.
Division I All-Tournament Awards
Patrick Anderson 4.0 - New York Rollin’ Knicks
Bryce Doody 3.5 - MedStar NRH Punishers
Trevon Jenifer 2.5 - MedStar NRH Punishers
Kevin Grant 1.0 - New York Rollin’ Knicks
Steve Serio 3.5 - New York Rollin’ Knicks
Zach Blair 4.5 - Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
Jeff Griffin 3.5 - Utah Wheelin’ Jazz
Harsh Thakkar 2.5 - MedStar NRH Punishers
Rebecca Murray 1.5 - Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks
Jason Nelms 2.5 - Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
Dylan Fischbach 4.0 - Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks
Paul Schulte 3.0 - Miami Heat Wheels
James Moceri 2.5 - Mary Free Bed Pacers
Vincent Dallaire 1.5 - Toronto Rollin’ Raptors (2)
Kevin Atherley 4.0 - MedStar NRH Punishers
Captain James S Ure Sportsmanship Award
Randy Jaramillo - Albuquerque Kings
Bobbie Nickleberry - Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
2020 NWBA Toyota Adult Division II Wheelchair Basketball National Championships
#1 Tampa Bay Strong Dogs defeated #3 TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels, 58-50
The Division II title went to first time champions, the Tampa Bay Strong Dogs 58-50 over the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels from Houston.
The first half was all Tampa with the Dogs taking the first half 38-20. The Hotwheels fought back in the second half but could only close the gap to 58-50 at the final buzzer.
Tampa's Robert Gordon led scoring with 27 points followed by Carlos Quintanilla with 15. Hassan Elkadi and Juan Rios topped TIRR scoring with 18 each with Ryan Hundemer adding 10.
Division II All-Tournament Awards
Evan Thorn 4.5 - Courage Kenny Rolling Timberwolves
Christopher St. Remy 4.0 - Nassau Kings
Natalie Schneider 4.5 - Madonna Magic
James Gonzalez 3.0 - TIRR Memorial Herman Hotwheels
John Boie 1.0 - Wisconsin Thunder
Jason Walley 4.5 - OKC Wheels of Thunder
Erick Shinkus 4.0 - Wisconsin Thunder
Hassan Elkadi 3.0 - TIRR Memorial Herman Hotwheels
Michael Thompkins 2.0 - OKC Wheels of Thunder
Ian Lynch 1.0 - Cincinnati Royals
Kyle Killworth 4.0 - LWSRA Hawks
Jacob Counts 3.5 - Cincinnati Royals
Eric Barber 3.0 - Wisconsin Thunder
Jaime Mazzi 2.0 - Cincinnati Royals
Scott Zessin 1.0 - Madonna Magic
Mak Nong - LWSRA Hawks
Robert Gordon - Tampa Bay Strong Dogs
2020 NWBA Toyota Adult Division III Wheelchair Basketball National Championships
#6 Brooks Ballers defeated #1 Rockford Chariots, 55-51
Jacksonville, Florida's Brooks Ballers are the Division III champions with a 55-51 win over the Rockford Chariots.
Jarrod Showers and Timothy Houston led Brooks with 21 points each. Justin South scored 16 for Rockford with Nick Marvin adding 14.
Division III All-Tournament Awards
Nick Marvin 4.0 - Rockford Chariots
Candice Law 3.5 - Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets
Jon Fraser 2.0 - Rockford Chariots
Justin South 1.5 - Rockford Chariots
Genc Hyseni 4.0 - Louisville Spokes & Spires
Joshua Jones 4.0 - Louisville Spokes & Spires
Andrew Haag 3.0 - Music City Lightning
Jerry Mitchell 2.5 - Tacoma Titans
Joseph Whittkamp 1.0 - Louisville Spokes & Spires
Jarrod Showers 2.5 - Brooks Ballers
Abdoul Aziz Sow 4.0 - Brooklyn Nets
Marvin Williams 3.5 - Shepherd Stealers
David Snowden 2.0 - Shepherd Stealers
Richard Travis 1.0 - Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets
Robbie Blevins 1.5 - Brooks Ballers
Tim Stout Sportsmanship Award
Bryan Bonmon - Louisville Spokes & Spires
Timothy Houston - Brooks Ballers
The 2020 NWBA Toyota National Championship Series was graciously supported by title sponsor, Toyota Motor North American. Thank you Toyota for all your support in making these championships a reality..."Let's Go Places."
Thank you to the local organizing committee (LOC), Visit Wichita, for hosting the 2020 NWBA Toyota Adult and Junior Wheelchair Basketball National Championships.
Special thanks to all the NWBA partners that made the series possible including Nike, Molten USA, RGK Wheelchairs, Per4Max, Spinergy, Invacare, Eagle Sports Chairs, ABLENow, Nugevity, ABC Medical, Hudl, and United.
Thank you to all the host cities and communities for their hospitality to NWBA members and fans throughout the series. Thanks to the local sponsors and supporters of each event, your contributions did not go unnoticed!
Thank you to all NWBA Board of Directors and Divisional Leadership for their efforts from start to finish on these events. We greatly appreciate your selfless assistance throughout the preparation and implementation of the series.
Thank you to all the tournament personnel for their work, including classifiers, floor officials, facility/venue staff and EMT/medical staff.
Thank you event volunteers for your time assisting the NWBA during these events. The countless hours served by volunteers throughout this series were truly the lifeline for the success of these events. Thank you, volunteers!
Lastly, thank you to all NWBA members! We hope your season was fruitful with success/wins, and not just on the scoreboard. We look forward to hosting you all next year for the 73rd season of the NWBA and the 2021 Toyota National Championship Series!