Eight Brampton Teens Will Represent Canada At The Jr. NBA Championship


The second annual Jr. NBA Global Championship round-robin play was held recently in Florida. The Jr. NBA Global Championship is a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls from around the world. This year, the Canadian boys and girls teams feature eight players from Brampton. 

The tournament started on August 6 and will end on the 11. Sixteen boys teams and sixteen girls teams have qualified for the Jr. NBA Global Championship. Brampton Warriors, the U14 Canadian girls team, and Nike Bounce, U14 Canadian boys team, earned their spots in the Canada Regional Finals, which were held from June 13 to 16. They faced teams from British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

Nike Bounce will be led in Orlando by Head Coach Nathan Teague and Assistant Coach Raysean Joseph. The team features two Brampton residents, David Intriago and Remil Tissington. Intriago fills the guard position. Tessington is one of the team’s leaders with 16.3 points and plays the guard-forward position (can play a shooting guard and forward). 

The Brampton Warriors will be led in Orlando by Head Coach Keith Johnson and Assistant Coach Emmanuel Amartey. Anaya Johnson, Caidence Amartey, Jada Bediako, Janae Brissett, Jordane Prendergast and Tene Smith are all from Brampton. Johnson, who fills a guard position, is one of the top players on the team with the most points and assists. Amartey and Smith are also considered in the top five best players on the team.  

In Orlando, the two Canadian teams will compete in the round-robin play against teams from seven International regions (Africa, Asia Pacific, China, Europe & Middle East, India, Latin America and Mexico). 

In 2018, the Brampton Breakdown (boys) advanced to the international finals and the Welland Warriors (girls) advanced to the international semifinals. 

For those who want to watch the games, the NBA will stream some Jr. NBA Global Championship games via Twitch. Select games will also air on the Fox Sports network of channels and NBA TV Canada. 

Will you be watching Brampton residents compete in this year’s Jr. NBA Global Championship games?

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