Teams Ready For U.S. Open Basketball Championships Bracket Play
The majority of preliminary round play wrapped up Friday at the 2019 U.S. Open Basketball Championships in Westfield and Nobleville, Indiana, and the boys and girls teams in the eight divisions have earned their seedings for Saturday’s elimination round.
It’s now win to stay alive. Lose and you go home with your dreams of winning a U.S. Open Basketball Championships title.
Four undefeated teams remain in the 10th grade boys competition - JT Elite (4-0), BABC 2021 (4-0), Metroball DC (4-0) and the Family (3-0). In the girls 10th grade division, Baylor marched to a 6-0 record and the top preliminary round placing.
The 9th grade boys preliminary round play saw each of the eight pool winners go 4-0. The Family 15U, BABC 2022, 24/7 9th, Old School Wings, Hightower Bball Skills Academy, TSF Mack 2022, Martin Bros 2022 and GIVE Sports all advance into the elimination round unbeaten. IGB Morse Gold sits atop of the 9th grade girls standings with an unblemished 5-0 record.
In the boys 13U division, Team GetShook Elite 13U, MBA Hoops, Bingo’s All-Stars and Meanstreets-Smith have yet to suffer a loss heading into Saturday’s games. Nike CyFair Elite 2024 Coop (3-0), 24/7 13U (3-0) and Al Southern Starz 2024 (3-0) advanced from 13U girls preliminary round play undefeated.
In boys 12U action, Bay Area Power (4-0), Texas Summit Gladiators (3-0) and Progeny 2025 (4-0), while IGB 2025 Bowsman is 4-0 and on top of the 12U girls standings.
From The Court To Sidelines
Xavier Silas has worn the red, white and blue USA Basketball uniform.
The 6-foot-5 guard was selected to be part of the USA Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team for the February 2018 qualifying window. Starting and helping lead the U.S. squad to important wins over Cuba and Puerto Rico, Silas averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists a game, while sinking 5-of-10 3-pointers.
He also played for team Pursuit back in May at the USA Basketball 3x3 National Championships.
So he know what it means to represent the United States as a player and he knows what it’s like to play in a USA Basketball 3x3 competition.
Now he knows what it’s like to coach in a USA Basketball event.
Silas is head coach of the 9th grade boys GIVE Sports Team out of Denver, Colorado, a team that emerged out of preliminary play with a spotless 4-0 record
“This is a really great event the way everything is put together, the kids really enjoy it, we’ve had fun so far,” said Silas, who in 2018-19 played for the G League Iowa Wolves.
“Being a part of USA Basketball, with me personally, I wanted to come and really show my kids what it’s like to be part of USA Basketball. The great events, the great staff, everyone involved. I wanted to come and show them that one, USA Basketball is a great organization, but two, we can come and actually try to win a championship and that’s what we’re here to do.”
30 Seconds Shot Clock
With only nine states utilizing a shot clock at the high school level, for many teams at the U.S. Open Basketball Championships, playing with a shot clock is something new.
At the Open, all games use a 30 second shot clock. For the older teams sometimes it’s something they done before, but for younger teams it’s new.
“It’s a big challenge to go from not having one because you can control the flow of the game without the shot clock,” said Brad Bowsman, head coach of the IGB 2025 Bowsman, a U12 girls team. “If you want to slow it down and hold on to the ball its nice but with a shot clock you have to be prepared to go to the basket and shoot within 30 seconds and that’s something new for these girls to do at the age of 12. It’s something I think they’ve adjusted pretty well to. It puts more control in the girls’ hands because it’s a little bit more difficult for the coaches to control.
“We talked to them about how we have to get into the flow of our offense quicker and take the first possible opportunity for a shot,” continued Bowsman. “Also about using the whole shot clock, especially whenever you’re up and you want to take some time off you like to wait until about 10 seconds is left on the shot clock before you get into a set to try and score in those last few seconds before it goes off.”
Boys 13U MBA Hoops head coach Christopher Ellisis less worried about a shot clock affecting his team.
“This is our second event where we actually had to use a shot clock. But our guys know one thing, we’re not holding the ball, we’re attacking when we can and getting the ball in and getting it out in transition and run.
Still, the clock can come into play and Ellis has talked with his team about how to handle it.
“Just learning how to be patient, understanding and utilizing your shot clock and make the defense work. Make them play, make them guard you for at least 28 seconds.”
“I actually like it because it speeds the game up and people aren’t able to hold the ball,” said Maija Jackson-Collier, head coach of the Triple Double Basketball Academy 9th grade boys team. “I’ve been in games where it’s been 19 to 30 because they held the ball and the other team was bigger or faster than them.
“This speeds up the game, makes you have to shoot the ball and gives you opportunities to play the game. I do think the players enjoy it, I enjoy it. I think it would make the game better if we introduced the shot clock earlier, then it’s not such a transition when you go to college. It was a big transition when I went to college and played ball.
“Usually there’s no shot clock where we play, so it’s a little bit of an adjustment,” said Yuma Arizona 9thgrade boys coach Keith Simmons. “But it’s good for these guys because sometimes when you have to get out of your comfort zone it helps you become a better player. You have to learn how to adjust and how to adapt and that’s what we’re looking for.”
“Arkansas uses a shot clock (in high school),” said Old School Wings boys 9th grade team head coach . “I think it helps out, it helps the ball movement, it helps them understand that you have to transition from offense to defense, defense to offense.
“It’s more realistic and especially if they have aspirations of going and playing at a higher level the shot clock is exactly what they need. They need to start early, start now of being aware of it.”
2019 U.S. Open Basketball Championships
Offered through USA Basketball’s Youth and Sport Development division, the U.S. Open Basketball Championships is an inclusive tournament structure in which existing basketball tournaments meeting USA Basketball approved youth development standards qualified teams for the 2019 U.S. Open Basketball Championships.
In addition to following established development standards, and using modified international rules, the U.S. Open Basketball Championships requires all coaches to possess a valid USA Basketball Coach License.
Championship games for the 12U boys and girls, 13U boys and girls, 9th grade boys and girls and 10th boys and girls will be held on Sunday, July 21. The 10th grade title games will be streamed live on CBS Sports Network, and the 9th grade boys and girls title games and the 13U boys and girls championship games will be streamed live at USAB.com/live, as well as on the USA Basketball Facebook and YouTube channels.