COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The NWBA and Women's Division Executive Committee have announced the final seeds for the teams participating in the 2019 Toyota National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical, set for New Lenox, IL, March 29-March 31.
There are nine teams from the Women's Division that will play in the tournament that is a part of the 2019 Toyota National Championship Series. This will be the 41th annual tournament for women in the NWBA.
The national tournament for the Women's Division will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Toyota National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments presented by ABC Medical. For more information on the 2019 Toyota National Championship Series contact Jack Urbanus at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the tournament webpage at www.nwba.org/nationals.
TALLMADGE, OH –The Toronto Rollin’ Raptors become the first team from Canada to be crowned NWBA Adult Division II National Champions. The title was awarded during the 2019 event as part of the Toyota National Championship Series. The last two teams from Canada that captured a NWBA national title were the British Columbia Cable Cars in Adult Division I (previously Championship Division) in 2008 and Twin City Spinners in Adult Division III in 2009.
Road to the National Championship Game
The Toronto Rollin’ Raptors entered the 2019 Toyota National Adult Division II Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on a small three-game win streak. The Raptors entered the tournament with a 10-8 record, with their last two loses coming from Intercollegiate Division programs in Edinboro University (45-39) and University of Illinois Men (57-55). The #6 seeded Raptors tipped off the tournament with a 64-50 victory over the #11 seeded LWSRA Hawks. Next up for the Raptors was the #14 seeded Madonna Magic, who were fresh off a March Madness bracket buster performance upending the #3 seeded Ft. Lauderdale Sharks, 68-62 in the first round of games. The Raptors used their potent offense to helped secured a 66-52 win over the Magic. The semifinals for the Raptors was a tough test facing off against the #2 seeded Austin Rec’ers, but Toronto was able to earn its spot in the national championship game with a 57-48 victory.
After a 10-game win streak in January, the LA Hotwheels “cooled off” during their last regular season games going 1-3 at the Third Annual Brad Rich Invitational in San Diego, CA. The LA Hotwheels still entered nationals as the odds-on-favorite and #1 seeded Adult Division II team. As the top seed the Hotwheels had a target on their back, which was evident in their first game against the Sportable Rim Riders. This gritty game played out in a closer fashion than the score would indicate, but regardless the Hotwheels were victorious 63-49. The quarterfinal matchup for the Hotwheels featured a familiar face in crosstown rivals LA Clippers Chairmen, which they dominated 61-36. The Southern California, or SoCal, trend of opponents continued for the Hotwheels as they stayed hot rolling past the Rancho Renegades Elite in a 64-49 contest that placed them in the title game.
National Championship Game Recap
Toronto Rollin’ Raptors def. LA Hotwheels, 54-46
The 2019 NWBA Adult Division II National Championship Game started similar to a heavyweight boxing match with the two title contenders feeling out their opponent and not showing their hand too soon. The Hotwheels held a slight 14-12 lead following a tight first quarter. The second quarter was carbon copy of the first as the halftime score was 26-24, advantage Hotwheels. The Raptors received a strong first half from Kady Dandeneau of Toronto, Ontario-Canada, scoring 12 in the half of her 27 points in the game.
The Hotwheels received six points from Mexico National Team member Julio Fonseca of Cudahy, CA, in the third quarter. Fonseca had a total of 16 points for the game, leading the Hotwheels in scoring. Fonseca’s performance helped the Hotwheels take a 40-35 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Raptors played solid defense in the fourth quarter, that resulted in the Hotwheels settling for perimeter shots. Those perimeter shots, along with other looks, weren’t falling for the Hotwheels in the fourth as they found a sole field goal during the quarter. Lack of offense was not a problem for the Raptors in the fourth scoring a game-high 19 points in quarter. The Raptors were led in the quarter by Dandeneau with 11 points.
The Rollin’ Raptors success was also the result of the offensive performance from post-player Daiusz Symonowicz of Toronto, Ontario-Canada, with 12 points. She did account for four points, but more importantly throughout the game was the intangibles that Elodie “DiDi” Tessier of Saint-Germain-de-gGrantham, Quebec-Canada, provided to the Raptors.
A contributor on offense for the LA Hotwheels was Edgar Murillo of Los Angeles, CA, with nine points. The Hotwheels also received input on offense from Puerto Rico National Team member Jose Manuel Ortega of Los Angeles, CA, with eight points.
The Rollin’ Raptors are coached by Marc Antonie Ducharme of Chambly, Quebec-Canada. Ducharme is the head coach of the Canada Women’s Senior National Team and he most recently coached them to a fifth-place finish over the U.S. Women (6th) at the 2018 IWBF World Championships in Hamburg, Germany last August.
3rd Place Game Recap
Rancho Renegades Elite def. Austin Rec’cers, 63-44
The Rancho Renegades Elite kicked off the third-place game with lights-out shooting in the first quarter hanging 22 points on the Austin Rec’ers. The Rec’ers were able to shake of the cobwebs in the second quarter as they were able to triple their scoring total from the first quarter (6 points) with 18 points and hold the Renegades to their game-low for points in a quarter with 10.
The halftime score of 32-24 was the smallest deficit the Rec’ers would see for the remainder of the game. The Renegades saw a 11-point third quarter from Malcolm Wright of Culver City, CA. Wright finished as the leading scorer for the game with 24 points. The Renegades also received a great game from Hector Rivera of Huntington Park, CA, with 16 points.
The Austin Rec’ers were led on offensive by Charles Armstead of Killeen, TX, with 15 points, while going 5 of 7 from free throw line. The Rec’ers also received a solid offensive showing from big man Paul Nelson of Universal City, TX, tallied a total of 12 points.
Final Places – Adult Division II
1. Toronto Rollin’ Raptors
2. LA Hotwheels
3. Rancho Renegades Elite
4. Austin Rec'ers
5. Madonna Magic
6. LA Clippers Chairmen
7. Tampa Bay Strong Dogs
8. Tucson Lobos
9. Magee Spokesmen
10. Courage Kenny Rolling Timberwolves
11. Nassau Kings
12. LWSRA Hawks
13. Ft. Lauderdale Sharks
14. Sportable Rimriders
15. Charlottesville Cardinals
16. Wisconsin Thunder
Please feel free to click to view the results from the tournament posted on the NWBA website or click on the complete final bracket below.
Tournament Awards – Adult Division II
Fred Esman 4.0 Austin Rec’ers
Marcelo Gomez 3.5 LA Hotwheels
Erica Gavel 3.5 Toronto Rollin’ Raptors
Malcolm Wright 2.0 Rancho Renegades Elite
Elodie Tessier 1.0 Toronto Rollin’ Raptors
Jacob Busch 4.5 Madonna Magic
Julio Fonseca 3.0 LA Hotwheels
Victor Arreola 3.0 LA Hotwheels
Charles Armstead 2.5 Austin Rec’ers
Scott Zessin 1.0 Madonna Magic
Evan Thorn 4.5 Courage Kenny Rolling Timberwolves
Paul Nelson 4.0 Austin Rec’ers
Edgar Perdomo 3.0 LA Clippers Chairmen
Danny Maravilla 2.5 Rancho Renegades Elite
Dwight Veney 1.0 Sportable Rim Riders
Tom McNaughton Magee Spokesmen
Kady Dandeneau Toronto Rollin’ Raptors
National Championship Player of the Game
Kady Dandeneau Toronto Rollin’ Raptors
The 2019 Toyota National Adult Division II Wheelchair Basketball Tournament was held on March 15-17 in Tallmadge, OH. The venue for the competition was the Tallmadge Recreation Center in Tallmadge, Ohio a suburb of Akron. The tournament was hosted by the Tim Fox, NWBA Board of Director, and Will Waller, NWBA Board of Director. Special thanks to the City of Tallmadge, Cleveland Cavaliers, Wheelchair Cavaliers, Cleveland Clinic, Sports Alliance of Greater Akron, Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, Stay in Akron, PNC Bank, volunteers and all tournament personnel on-site.
CHAMPAIGN, IL – The University of Alabama has claimed both the men’s and women’s national championships at the 2019 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, the first time in Alabama program history both titles were captured in the same year. This is the sixth national title for the Crimson Tide women (2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019); third title in the last five years and three more titles then any other women’s team/program in the Intercollegiate Division. The Alabama men’s team retained the title after having been crowned national champions in 2018. The men’s team for Alabama has won three national championships in the Intercollegiate Division (2013, 2018, 2019).
Men’s National Championship Game Recap
University of Alabama def. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 69-65
This game was a repeat of the matchup in last year’s national championship game, in which the University of Alabama was crowned 2018 NWBA Intercollegiate Men’s National Champions with a 69-65 defeat of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. However, the UWW Warhawks entered this game with a lot of momentum blowing past opponents in the preliminary rounds scoring 105 and 97 points in those games. The Crimson Tide also looked strong entering the game with a 26-5 record and bolstering two decisive wins in the tourney over UTA-Arlington Movin’ Mavs and Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs.
The offensive approach to this game for each team was very different, the Crimson Tide focused on a low post game and the Warhawks on their perimeter shooting. The advantage was held by Bama at half with a three-point margin, up 37-34.
The UW-Whitewater Warhawks looked to the hot hand of Dylan Fischbach of Vermillion, SD, having averaged 35.5 points, 12 rebounds and 18.5 assist in the previous two games. Fischbach started the game strong behind the arc but “cooled” to a still impressive 45.8% on 24 shots on three-pointers.
The transition offense and stellar shooting performance by the Crimson Tide were determining factors in this contest. Dequel Robinson of Mobile, AL, was able to account for +10 points from fast break opportunities for the Crimson Tide. The transition offense for Bama helped to create open layups or opportunities at the foul line, the Crimson Tide visited the charity stripe a staggering 27 times in the game. The overall shooting performance for Alabama was consistent throughout the game with a field goal percentage of 58.2% for the game, shooting 56.7% in the first half and 60% in the second half.
Michael AuPrince of Sydney, Australia, scored 27 points, snared 17 rebounds and accounted for six assists. The Men’s National Championship Player of the Game was Dequel Robinson, finishing the game with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 14 assists.
The Warhawks were led by Fischbach, who finished with 33 points, 13 assist and 2 rebounds. Christian Seidel of Malmo, Sweden, and Brian Wofford of Oklahoma City, OK, each had 13 points for UW-Whitewater.
Women’s National Championship Game Recap
University of Texas-Arlington def. University of Alabama, 65-55
There is the age old saying “save the best for last”, this is an appropriate phrase if asked to define the women’s national championship game as it was the last game of the 2019 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. This game was full of momentum swings as it featured five lead changes and nine ties throughout the game. Further supporting this point of momentum swings is the longest run of the game for each team was 11-0 for Alabama and 12-0 UTA.
With Bama up 34-26 at half, UTA had to come out strong in the third quarter to get back into the game. The Lady Movin’ Mavs followed suit and outscored the Tide 20-11 in third to take a 36-35 lead into the final frame. This lead change was largely due to the stellar performance from Waterville, MN, native Rose Hollermann with game totals of 40 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
The Crimson Tide made some big shots in key situations late in the game, this included a few shots as time was expiring on the shot clock. The exceptional offensive from Arinn “Juice” Young of Legal, Alberta-Canada, was on display as she recorded a triple-double for the game: 39 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
The “shot of the tournament” goes to Katharina Lang of Munich, Germany, who hit a well-contest 12-footer with six seconds remaining to knot the game at 67-67. The Lady Movin’ Mavs took a Hail Mary toss as time expired in regulation that fell short, those in attendance were blessed with some “free basketball” as the game moved to overtime.
The Lady Movin’ Mavs had to make a lineup change when 2016 Rio gold medalist Abigail Dunkin of New Braunfels, TX, fouled out of the game midway thru the overtime period. The Crimson Tide sensed the shift in momentum and with the leadership of Arinn Young they expanded the lead to eight late in the period. Hollermann was able to connect on a late three pointer but the deficit was too large for the Lady Movin’ Mavs to overcome so late in the contest.
Other Lady Movin’ Mavs finding double digits were Dunkin and Australian young phenom Annabelle Lindsay of Canberra, Australia, both with 12 points.
Aside from Young’s performance, the Crimson Tide received great offensive output from Katharina Lang, with 24 points and Rosalie Lalonde of Saint-Clec, Quebec-Canada, with 12 points.
3rd Place Game Recaps
University of Texas-Arlington def. University of Missouri, 49-35
The third-place game for the Intercollegiate Men's Division was a story of two halves for the UT-Arlington Movin’ Mavs and University of Missouri Tigers. The first half had each team sporting a +40% field goal percentage. In the second half the Mizzou Tigers only found the bottom of the net 29.2% of the time while Movin’ Mavs dialed in their shooting reaching a field goal percentage of 57.1% for the second half. The Movin’ Mavs were led by a great offensive outing by Clarence McCarthy-Grogan of Darwin, Australia, with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Another offensive leader was Adryan Powell of Cayman Islands recording a double-double with 18 points and 12 boards. The Mizzou Tigers received double digits in points from Tyler Buysee of Gunter, TX, with 18 points of which included splashing two of four from behind the three-point line.
University of Illinois def. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 44-36
The women’s third place game featured a bragging rights “border battle” matchup between University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. With a stellar shooting performance, 50% FG in first half, the UWW Warhawk women took a moderate lead into half, up 27-21 on the Fighting Illini. The Fighting Illini pressured the ball and sported stout defense in the second half holding the Warhawks to a 17.4% field goal percentage and creating a total of 15 turnovers. The women of Illinois played great team basketball on offense being led by Alejandra “Ali” Ibanez of Murray, UT, with 11 points, Erica Wilson of Childersburg, AL, with 11 points and Emily Oberst of Brookfield, WI, with 14 points. Unfortunate for the Warhawks, the big game from Josie DeHart of Fruita, CO, with 16 points was not enough offense for their team to take home some hardware in the third-place trophy.
2019 NWBA Intercollegiate Division Annual Awards
The 2019 NWBA Intercollegiate Division Annual Awards were highlighted by Player of the Year honors to Dylan Fischbach on the UW-Whitewater Warhawk Men and Rose Hollermann on the UT-Arlington Lady Movin’ Mavs. The Women’s Academic All-American Team featured Annabelle Lindsay (UTA), Avery Downing (Alabama), Jordan Lee (Illinois), Morgan Wood (UTA) and Abby Farrell (Illinois). The Men’s Academic All-American Team includes James Cook (Alabama), Abraham Hausman-Weiss (Alabama), Kyle Jankowski (Illinois), Blake Loftin (Auburn), Will Speed (Edinboro) and Ryan Kile (SMSU). For the full list of annual awards presented in the Intercollegiate Division for the 2018-19 NWBA season please visit http://www.niwbt.illinois.edu/awards.
2019 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, State Farm Center
Results – Men’s
University of Alabama Crimson Tide def. UW-Whitewater Warhawks, 79-73
3rd Place – UT-Arlington def. Missouri, 65-46
5th Place – SMSU def. Illinois, 66-53
7th Place – UN-Omaha def. Edinboro, 55-50
UN-Omaha def. Auburn, 76-60
Missouri def. Edinboro, 61-51
UT-Arlington def. Illinois, 67-48
Alabama def. SMSU, 77-65
UW-Whitewater def. UN-Omaha, 105-66
Alabama def. UT-Arlington, 75-59
UW-Whitewater def. Missouri, 97-66
UN-Omaha def. Auburn, 63-61
SMSU def. Edinboro, 70-60
Illinois def. UN-Omaha, 53-41
Results - Women’s
University of Alabama Crimson Tide def. University of Texas-Arlington Lady Movin' Mavs, 82-76
Illinois def UW-Whitewater, 44-36
UT-Arlington def. UW-Whitewater, 68-44
Alabama def. Illinois, 55-32
The 2019 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament was held March 14-16 in Champaign, IL. The venue for the competition was the State Farm Center on the campus of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The tournament was hosted by the Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services part of the College of Applied Health Sciences at University of Illinois. Special thanks to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign communities, local sponsors, NWBA national partners and all tournament personnel on-site.
The 2020 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will be held in Wichita, KS. Please make sure to check the NWBA website for information as event approaches.
Good luck student-athletes with the remainder of your spring semester!
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The NWBA and Junior Division Executive Committee have announced the final seeds for the Varsity, Prep and Varsity Invitational teams participating in the 2019 Toyota National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments presented by ABC Medical, set for New Lenox, IL, March 29-March 31.
There are 32 teams from Varsity that will play in the Varsity or Varsity Invitational tournaments that are a part of the 2019 Toyota National Championship Series. The Varsity tournament will crown a national champion, while a tournament championship will be on the line for Varsity Invitational. There are 16 teams from Prep that will play for a national championship during 2019 Toyota National Prep Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical.
The 2019 Toyota National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments presented by ABC Medical will feature a total of 48 teams from the Junior Division. For more information on the 2019 Toyota NWBT contact Jack Urbanus at email@example.com or visit the tournament webpage at www.nwba.org/nationals.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The NWBA and Junior Division Executive Committee has announced the team invitations to Varsity, Prep and Varsity Invitational teams for the 2019 Toyota National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments presented by ABC Medical, set for New Lenox, IL, March 29-March 31.
There are 32 teams from Varsity that have accepted their invitation to play in the Varsity or Varsity Invitational tournaments that are a part of the 2019 Toyota National Championship Series. There are 16 teams from Prep that will play for a Prep National Championship during 2019 Toyota National Prep Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical. If a team did not accept their bid for post season play, invitations were sent to the next team, in order of ranking, until all tournaments are filled (Section 5.02 of NWBA Junior Division Guidelines).
All games played up until Sunday, March 17 may be considered into final seeds.The final seeds and brackets for Prep, Varsity and Varsity Invitational tournaments will be posted to the NWBA website by 5 PM MST on Tuesday, March 19.
The 2019 Toyota National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments presented by ABC Medical will feature a total of 48 teams from the NWBA Junior Division. For more information on the 2019 Toyota NWBT contact Jack Urbanus at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the tournament webpage at www.nwba.org/nationals.
The following teams have all accepted invitations and are headed to Nationals!
Charlotte Rolling Hornets-Purple
DASA Rolling Rams
Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers
Minnesota Rolling Rowdies
Nebraska Jr. Red Dawgs
NY Rolling Fury
RHI Jr. Racers
Synergy Jr. Bulls
WASA Jr. Bucks
ACC Wheelchair Cavaliers
BORP Jr. Road Warrior
Charlotte Rollin Hornets
Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggets
DASA Rolling Rams
Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
Mad City Badgers
Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers
Motor City Wheelz
Music City Thunder
Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves
Nebraska Red Dawgs
OKC Wheels of Thunder
Ryan Martin Foundation Trojans
San Diego Hammers
Seattle Jr. Sonics
TIRR Memorial Hermann Jr. Hotwheels
WASA Junior Bucks
CHAMPAIGN, IL - The team seeds and brackets have been announced for the 2019 Toyota National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament hosted by the University of Illinois. The 2019 tournament will mark the 42nd year the NWBA Intercollegiate Division has hosted a national tournament. The games will be played at the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Illinois. Competition starts on Thursday, March 14 and concludes with the national championship games on Saturday, March 16.
The University of Wisconsin—Whitewater Warhawk Men and University of Texas—Arlington Lady Movin’ Mavs will headline their divisions as the top seeds. Both the top seeds look to keep their seasons ‘rolling’ as they both have posted at least 17 regular season wins and only have tasted defeat one time this entire season.
The defending Intercollegiate Men’s National Champions, University of Alabama, enter this year’s tournament as the second seeded team led by Dequel Robinson and Michael Auprince. The 2017 champions, University of Texas—Arlington, are led by the likes of Fabian Romo and come in the tourney as the third seed with a 19-7 record.
The first game of the tournament will be played on Thursday, March 14 at 8:00 a.m. between #9 University of Nebraska – Omaha and #8 Auburn University in the men’s bracket. The winner of this play-in game will play the #1 University of Wisconsin—Whitewater Warhawk Men.
The participants in last year’s NWBA Intercollegiate Women’s National Championship game, the University of Texas—Arlington and University of Alabama, will begin on opposite sides of the women’s bracket. These two teams account for the last four national titles (UTA – 2016 & 2018; Alabama 2015 & 2017), so something’s got to give in what looks to be a rubber match in a ‘best of five series'.
The Movin’ Lady Mavs are headlined by U.S. gold medalist from the 2016 Rio Paralympics that includes Rose Hollermann of Elysian, MN, Abigail Dunkin of New Braunfels, TX, and Darlene Hunter of Commerce, MI. The Crimson Tide roster features international impact players in Arinn Young of Alberta, Canada, Rosalie Lalonde of Quebec, Canada, and Barbara Gross of Pohlheim, Germany.
Both University of Whitewater Warhawks Women and host – University of Illinois Women will look to play the ‘Cinderella story’ on the women’s bracket for some March Madness. The Warhawks will be led by junior Lindsey Zurbrugg of Portland, OR a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2017 and 2018. The Illini Women feature a young squad with no seniors on the roster, that is led by Alejandra “Ali” Ibañez of Murray, UT and Emily Oberst of Brookfield, WI.