Title Hopes Alive For a Select Few at U.S. Open Basketball Championships
Getting into the bracket portion of the 2019 U.S. Open Basketball Championships on Saturday, teams were faced with the reality of winning when it counted most if they wanted their title dreams to live on. With four days of competition now complete, just a handful of teams remain in the running for one of the eight division championships.
“Man, it was a lot of adrenaline. I didn’t think I was going to make it, but I made it. My team played hard, we played hard, we fought to the end,” said Davis after his electrifying buzzer beater.
Asked if he thought his game-winner was good when the ball left his hands, Davis admitted he didn’t think so. “That deep? No. I’ve never hit a shot like that. I thought it was going to miss, straight down and miss. It’s the greatest feeling.”
For GIVE Sports head coach Xavier Silas, the win keeps his team’s U.S. Open Basketball Championships title hopes alive and perhaps helps change his team’s mentality for future games.
“(The Family’s lead) was six, maybe five, with under two minutes to go and we’ve been working all summer on this, being resilient,” said Silas, who in February 2018 played in two games for USA Basketball in the FIBA World Cup Qualifying. “A lot of teams in Colorado lay down in that situation. So my whole thing of coming in and trying to create a culture was, we’re going to change that.
“We just got off a road trip to Atlantic City and Pennsylvania and we were in the same type of situations and we laid down. So this was a big growing moment for us, for sure. And it’s funny, Quis (Davis) messed up the play that I drew up in the huddle the first time and I said ‘you have to get it back,’ and he comes back that next play and hits that shot. I’m so proud of him and all our guys.”
The win advanced GIVE Sports into one of Sunday’s 9thgrade division semifinal games where they will face Old School Wings (5-0), who moved on by defeating Hightower Bball Skills Academy (4-1) 57-42.
“We’re really deep, so that’s the key,” said Silas about the key for his Give Sports team in its hunt for the U.S. Open title. “Everyone playing together with the same type of energy and playing hard. Having synergy, that’s the biggest thing. For us we don’t have one player, we have a lot of really good players, so everyone has to play well, everyone has to be locked in. So the mental part is the big key to winning the championship.”
On the other side of the 9thgrade boys bracket, BABC 2022 (5-0) took down Martin Bros 2022 (4-1) by a score of 68-41, and TSF Mack 2022 (5-0) defeated 24/7 9thGrade (4-1) 77-59. BABC 2022 will face TSF Mack in the the other 9th grade semifinals game.
The 9thgrade boys championship game will take place Sunday, at 1:30 p.m. (EDT), and will be streamed live on at USAB.com/live, as well as on the USA Basketball Facebook and YouTube channels.
IGB 2025 Bowsman (5-0) will tip-off against IGB 2025 Novinger (3-3) in one of Sunday’s 12U semifinals games, and Virginia Select (4-1) will go against Tree of Hope Pacific (4-2) in the other. The semifinals winners will advance to Sunday’s title game (12:15 p.m. EDT).
The U.S. Open Championships 12U boys division title is down to a pair of 5-0 teams - Progeny 2025 and Bay Area Power. Progeny advanced to the finals after handling GPP 2026 Red Thundercats (4-2) 65-31 in Saturday’s semifinals clash, while Bay Area Power nipped 757 Hurricanes (3-3) 56-54.
Nike CyFair Elite 2024 Coop (4-0) earned a shot at the title by defeating Arkansas Lady Bandits (3-2) 66-35, and 24/7 13U (4-0) advanced on to the title clash after outscoring previously undefeated AL Southern Starz 2024 (4-1) 66-48. Nike CyFair Elite 2024 Coop and 24/7 13U will tip off for the championship at 8:30 a.m. (EDT). The title game will be streamed live on at USAB.com/live, as well as on the USA Basketball Facebook and YouTube channels.
The finals for the 13U boys division is set, and Meanstreets-Smith (4-0) will face MBA Hoops (5-0) in the championship at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Sunday. Meanstreets advanced to the title game thanks to 66-41 romp over Team GetShook Elite (4-1), while MBA Hoops marched forward after taking down Bingo’s All-Stars (3-1) 67-54. The championship game will be streamed live on at USAB.com/live, as well as on the USA Basketball Facebook and YouTube channels.
9th Grade Girls
Sunday’s 9thGrade girls division semifinals will feature IGB Morse Gold (5-0) versus Indiana Flight North (3-3), and in the other game to determine who advances to the championship game, Nike ProSkills 2023 – Donnelly (4-1) will face Wisconsin Shooters 2022 (4-2). The two semifinals winners will advance into Sunday’s championship (12 noon EDT). The game to decide the 2019 9th grade girls title will be streamed live on at USAB.com/live, as well as on the USA Basketball Facebook and YouTube channels.
10th Grade Girls
The Wisconsin Shooters 2021 (5-2) paved its way into the title game with a 74-36 win over South Bend Breakers (3-5), and will face Playmaker Academy Pumas 10th (5-2), who narrowly eliminated Georgia Metros (4-4) 54-53. Their title showdown will occur at 11:30 a.m. (EDT) and will be streamed live on CBS Sports Netowork.
“In this particular game (versus South Bend Breakers), we paid a lot of attention to our big (Maya Moore) down low, continued to pound down low, and make good passes from the wings and let her go to work,” said Tamroyal (TR) Yow, head mentor of the Wisconsin Shooters.
The championship game will be a rematch. Meeting the first day in round-robin play, the Wisconsin Shooters rolled to a convincing 53-28 win.
Don’t look for the Wisconsin Shooters to change things up from that first meeting.
“I think it will be the same thing,” said Yow on keys to the game. “How we work our press from the start of the game and if our shooters can knock down the open shots on the outside. I would expect them to double down on our posts, so our shooters need to be ready to take those open shots.”
10th Grade Boys
The 10th grade boys title showdown promises to be a battle. The Family 16U rolls into the championship game with a 6-0 record after recording an 80-55 victory over previously unbeaten JT Elite (5-1) in its semifinal contest.
BABC 2021 (6-0) earned its championship invite by holding off previously unbeaten Metroball DC (5-1) 74-63 in its semifinal contest.
“We’re getting to the end of our season so at this point everybody is kind of just reiterating the things I’ve been saying all year and we’re doing things that are consistent,” said BABC 10thgrade boys head coach Britney Papile. “Everybody’s doing what they need to do, running our offense, having long possessions, being smart, low turnovers, and really just being elite.
“This is a really good event,” Papile added. “I think it’s cool having FIBA rules and to clearly have some refs here that are familiar with those rules. We’re here for development and that’s what USA Basketball is about. I love being here, it’s a great event.”