Bulleen Boomers, Eltham Wildcats fall in Jr NBA World Championship

ORLANDO, FL - AUGUST 11: during the Jr. NBA World Championship International Finals on August 11, 2018 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Despite having an excellent run, the Bulleen Boomers and Eltham Wildcats ended their respective runs in the Jr. NBA World Championships.

The Bulleen Boomers lost to Europe in the International Final of the Jr. NBA World Championships (box score). The Boomers, who represented Asia Pacific, advanced against Canada, winning 52-44. Despite 17 points from Ally Marshall and 15 points, 8 rebounds from Tess Heal, they lost to Europe in a tight game that ended 42-45 in the same day.

ORLANDO, FL – AUGUST 11: during the Jr. NBA World Championship International Finals on August 11, 2018 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Eltham Wildcats boys fell against Canada in the semi-finals, 63 – 52 earlier today (box score). The Wildcats started out with a solid push against the Canadians, taking a 19 – 13 lead into the first quarter break. Canada however, came out with a strong performance, and built a lead the Wildcats could not overcome.

Top performers for Eltham Wildcats included Zahn Agost with 13 points, while Kristian Ferronatto finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds. Brad Moorey also had a strong rebounding performance with 10 rebounds, 4 of them on the offensive glass.

ORLANDO, FL – AUGUST 11: during the Jr. NBA World Championship International Semifinals on August 11, 2018 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO
Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Pamela Costello/NBAE via Getty Images)

The championship games take place tomorrow (AEST) with Europe squaring off with Central in the girls side. Central will face Africa & Middle East in the boys final.

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