Semifinal Brackets Set At USA Basketball Youth Development 14U National Tournament
With one day remaining of the inaugural USA Basketball 14U National Tournament at Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, the boys and girls semifinal brackets are set for Monday, July 3.
The USA Basketball 14U National Tournament is a USA Basketball Youth Development initiative. The focus of the national tournament is to promote the growth of basketball through core values of fun, safety and development. The event is open to the public, and the cost to attend is $5 per day. Children under 6 are free.
The girls will play the first semifinal games at 9 a.m. (all times listed are EDT) on July 3, which will see Georgia Pearls (4-0) against Bakerhoops AllStars (4-1) from Pennsylvania and St. Louis Eagles (4-0) versus Florida Future Elite (4-0).
“We’ve had some great games and great competition games, and now we are in bracket play, so we are just looking forward to the next game right now,” said Florida Future head coach Jamie Outten.
“We know they get up and down the court,” Outten said of his team’s semifinal opponent, the St. Louis Eagles. “We’ve seen them. They are long. They are lengthy. We are definitely going to have to use our speed against that team.”
The girls division I championship game, featuring the semifinal winners, will be streamed live online at usab.com/live, at 11:40 a.m. on July 3.
“I don’t like to look at the other teams and how they play,” explained Maya Carter of Bakerhoops AllStars. “We just go out and play how we play. We are going to finish our layups, finish everything.”
A third-place game for the semifinal losers will take place at 11:40 a.m. Additionally, the third-, fourth- and fifth-placed girls teams after the preliminary round advanced to the division II playoffs, and a division II championship game also will be held on July 3.
The boys division 1 semifinals, which will be played at 10:20 a.m. (all times listed are EDT), will see 757 Elite (5-1) out of Virginia take on Kingdom Red (5-1) of Ohio and ProBound Elite (5-1), also of Ohio, against the only remaining undefeated team in the boys tournament, Elfrid Payton (6-0) of Louisiana.
Elfrid Payton advanced after edging out Mean Streets Select 76-75 in a come-from-behind win.
“This is the first time USA Basketball has had a 14-and-under tournament, so to make it to the semifinals feels really good,” said Elfrid Payton’s Taj Gilyot.
The semifinal winners will meet in the championship game at 1:15 p.m. on July 3, and that contest will be streamed live online at usab.com/live.
“We are never scared,” said Kingdom Red’s Darius Conley of his team’s looming semifinal matchup. “We always play hard – good attitude and hard work.”
The third-place game for the semifinal losers is set for 1 p.m. The third- and fourth-placed teams after preliminary round play in the boys tournament went on to the division II playoffs, and a division II championship will be played at 1 p.m.
The tournament is being conducted in accordance with USA Basketball’s youth guidelines and is being played using modified FIBA international rules, including four, eight-minute quarters and a 30-second shot clock.
More information is available at usab.com/14UTournament.