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NWBA Championship and Division III Rankings for January 2016

By NWBA, 01/25/16, 7:45AM CST


January Rankings for Championship and Division III have been released.  The season is in full swing with tournaments taking place every weekend.  The weekend of Jan. 16 was busy as many teams played in either the Pioneer Classic or the Duke Classic, which set the stage for movement in the rankings. 

The Dallas Wheelchair Mavs of the Championship Division and TIRR Hotwheels of Division III came out on top at the Pioneer Classic and this is mirrored in the respective ranking of each division as both maintained its No. 1 spots in each division ranking since November.

The top six teams in the Championship division maintained its ranking from the prior month. The big movement for the top 20 was the Utah Wheelin’ Jazz who slid into the No. 7 position, up 11 spaces from last month. The new addition to the rankings for the first time this year are the Oklahoma City MAPVA Chargers at No. 20. 

In Division III, two new teams entered the top 5 with the Fort Lauderdale Sharks at the No.2 spot, who were No. 5 in December. The Med Star NRH Ambassadors moved up three positions into No. 5. Both teams played strong at the Pioneer Classic to be the elevated. The Memphis Rollin’ Grizzlies and MAPVA Rimriders slid up two positions to No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, while the Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers dropped one slot in January to No. 10. 

Four new teams found spots in the top 24 for the first time all season: No. 21 – Lafayette Spin-ners; No. 22 – Cincinnati Royals; No. 23 – Detroit Diehards; and No. 24 – Miami Valley Minute-men. 

The season is starting to take shape with numerous events and provide a competitive landscape for both divisions at the 2016 National Tournament set for Louisville, Ky., April 7-10, as the na-tional title for each division appears to be up for grabs.

“Coming into February, we are approaching the heart of a very exciting season and we see teams battling for their position in the rankings,” said Buddy Barnes, NWBA Championship and Division III Commissioner. “I have witnessed some very good and close played games.  I am re-ally looking forward to seeing how the next few weeks play out. As we go down the home stretch, this will determine who will make it to the National Tournament.”

The top ranked teams in the divisions will earn an invitation to the National Tournament, where the teams will play for the coveted National title. The National Tournament is a four-day event that features the best wheelchair basketball teams in the country in five age divisions that fea-tures up to 90 teams and over 1,000 athletes. 

Championship Division January Rankings
1.    Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks 
2.    New York Rollin’ Knicks 
3.    Milwaukee Bucks “A” 
4.    University of Arizona Wildcats 
5.    Rogue Valley Scorpions 
6.    Bay City Thunder 
7.    Utah Wheelin’ Jazz 
8.    Sacramento Rollin’ Kings 
9.    Austin Rec’ers 
10.    Golden State Road Warriors 
11.    San Diego Wolfpack 
12.    Seattle Sonics 
13.    Albuquerque Kings 
14.    Miami Heat Wheels 
15.    Charlottesville Cardinals 
16.    RIC Hornets 
17.    Shepherd Stealers 
18.    Mary Free Bed Pacers 
19.    San Antonio Spurs 
20.    Oklahoma City MAPVA Chargers

Division III January Rankings 
 1.    TIRR Hotwheels
 2.    Ft. Lauderdale Sharks
 3.    Fayetteville Flyers
 4.    Nassau Kings
 5.    Med Star NRH Ambassadors
 6.    Delaware Destroyers
 7.    Carolina Tarwheels
 8.    Memphis Rollin’ Grizzlies
 9.    MAPVA Rimriders
10.    Cleveland Cavaliers
11.    Turnstone Bandits
12.    DFW Freewheelers
13.      LA Hotwheels
14.      Mobile Patriots
15.      Tampa Bay Strong Dogs
16.      Music City Lightning
17.      Shepherd Stealers
18.      Magee Spokesmen
19.      London Forest City Flyers
20.     Connecticut Spokebenders
21.     Lafayette Spinners
22.     Cincinnati Royals
23.     Detroit Diehards
24.     Miami Valley Minutemen

NOTE FOR TEAMS:  Be sure to send in your Post Season applications to be considered for a spot at the National Tournament. The deadline is February 12th. If you have any questions, e-mail Buddy Barnes by clicking here