Pool play has ended in the Jr. NBA World Championship, setting up the road to the finals for each team.
For Team Canada, both the boys and girls will play Team South America in their first game on the international side of the bracket. The girls went 3-0 in pool play, winning by an average of 24.3 points. The boys won two of their three games, their only loss coming against Team Africa & Middle East on Wednesday.
Former Toronto Raptors All-Star Vince Carter surprised Team Canada prior to their final game of pool play by jumping in on their pre-game meeting.
With Bracket Play beginning on Friday, the teams competing in the tournament spent Thursday giving back to the community. More than 300 players came together to build a playground at Oak Street Park, a local park in Kissimmee, Florida that serves over 1,200 youth per year.
"They're going to enjoy it and that's going to make a difference."- Jr. NBA (@jrnba) August 9, 2018
Mid-Atlantic Girls' Simone Foreman at #JrNBAWorldChampionship Day of Service. #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/xmLARzUAxt
Joining the players were the likes of Tamika Catchings, Bo Outlaw and streetball legend Bone Collector.
#ThisIsWhyWePlay 😁@Catchin24 with Africa & Middle East at #JrNBAWorldChampionship Day of Service. pic.twitter.com/BcUbcCwb6h- Jr. NBA (@jrnba) August 9, 2018
Canada Girls & @MagicAmbassador Bo Outlaw teaching the kids! #JrNBAWorldChampionship #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/JedpJB46TI- Jr. NBA (@jrnba) August 9, 2018
.@BoneCollector23 and @MagicAmbassador at the #JrNBAWorldChampionship Day of Service! pic.twitter.com/U4Y2syA5he- NBA Cares (@nbacares) August 9, 2018
Players will compete in a skills challenge, 3-point shootout and dunk exhibition on Thursday evening before single elimination play begins on Friday.
For more information about the Jr. NBA World Championship, visit jrnba.com/worldchampionship.