Bulleen and Eltham ready for Jr NBA World Championships

TWO Victorian squads will take to the courts in Orlando, Florida this week as part of the NBA Junior World Championships.

While they’ll be known as Asia Pacific Boys and Asia Pacific Girls and represent the entire region for this extraordinary outing on the international stage… we’ll barrack for them as our incredible Eltham and Bulleen teams.

Following impressive winning campaigns at the Basketball Australia Under-14 Club Championships last year, the sides were given the golden ticket to the biggest show yet in junior club basketball.

It’s been a whirlwind few months for these two sides as coaches Craig Stratford and Travis Heal brought these rosters back together for this incredible opportunity. Getting through their MUVJBL catch-up games and putting together extra training sessions has made the last four months fly.

Click here for the Asia Pacific Girls (Bulleen) roster and schedule.

They boarded their flight on Friday morning as this incredible experience began to sink in completely for our sides.

The opening ceremony was held last night (Sunday) at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It didn’t take long for the Victorians to get into the swing of things over there though. We’ve already taken our first win at the championships, with Eltham’s Harrison Stones winning an all-teams knockout game to start the tournament on the best note… even if he lost a shoe in the process!

Even with the backdrop of the happiest place on Earth, these exceptional sides now turn to the task at hand.

Asia Pacific has drawn Europe, India and South America in our pool, with another international pool and two pools of American teams also battling it out to make it through the round robin stage.

Click here for the Asia Pacific Boys (Eltham) roster and schedule.

We’ll need to knock over sides formed from across entire continents that were handpicked and crafted to take on the best. But these all-stars have to knock over our all-star teams, who have trained together for years, all speak the same language and know each other’s games inside and out. This strength can not be underrated on the international arena where every advantage can become critically important.

Our sides tip off on Tuesday afternoon Orlando time and for more information on the Jr NBA World Championships, head to the website – https://jrnbawc.nba.com

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