Final round play began Friday at the 2022 US Open Basketball Championships in Indiana as the majority of the boys and girls teams in each of the eight divisions secured their seedings for the elimination games that will take place the following day in Westfield and Noblesville.

At USA Basketball's premier youth tournament, teams in bracket play must win in order to advance, raising the stakes and increasing the pressure.

It's only Saturday, but there has already been a slew of interesting moments for teams as they've made their way through to the knock-out round.


An Awe-Inspiring Daley Thursday

Basketball guard Ant Daley, a member of BABC (MA) in the 10th Grade Boys Division, is confident in his abilities.

T.J. Allen, another member of the team, is well aware of Daley's abilities.

Against the Mighty Hawks (NY) on Thursday night, Daley led the team to a 121-31 victory with 67 points and 21 three-pointers made.

"I was just playing with confidence," Daley said. "I'm confident in my shooting ability. It's just something I do on a regular basis. Although making 21 three-pointers was unusual, my teammates encouraged me to continue shooting, and I did.

At a young age, Allen realized Daley was out of it. As a result, Allen made it a point to get the ball to him in the most advantageous spots on the floor throughout the contest.

In order to give Allen a three-pointer, "what I was trying to do was have the big set a screen on his man," he said. "I had to keep getting it to him because I knew he was going to keep hitting them."

BABC was pleased with the results of Allen's search for Daley. The team is confident in its ability to perform at a high level as it seeks to defend its U.S. Open Basketball Championship title in bracket play.

A statement by BABC coach Leo Papile sums up his thoughts on the team's versatility. Due to COVID, we haven't been able to compete in this tournament since the end of 2019."This is a well-rounded team."

On Saturday, BABC will begin the process of defending a 2019 championship in the 10th-grade boys' stars championship tournament after securing a first-place finish in Group C of the tournament.

People who come from afar and in the north


The 10th Grade Boys Division team from Downtown Basketball, which finished third in Group C, crossed the border to compete in the U.S. Open Basketball Championships.


Downtown Basketball from London, Ontario, was interested in the U.S. Open Basketball Championships for two reasons: professionalism and the tournament's atmosphere.


According to assistant coach Gary McAuley, "They take care of the players, officials, and coaches here.".. It's clear that this is a top-notch group.


The modified FIBA (International Basketball Federation) rules and the shot clock were two of the things that McAuley and Downtown Basketball appreciated while competing in the tournament. In the United States, he said, it's nice to be able to play with rules that are similar to those in Canada.


As McAuley put it, "[FIBA rules] even things out a little bit." There's nothing better than the shot clock, in my opinion. As a matter of fact, it's a good idea for every American to start using it. It adds to the excitement of the game."


Downtown Basketball has performed admirably in the U.S. Open Basketball Championships despite being far from home (2-2). The team is hoping for even more of the same in bracket play.



The 13/12U Girls Division Group Q Top-Seeded Team Will Play in the Instant Classic



During the final day of pool play, the Newport Rockets (California) and AL Southern Starz (Alabama) battled it out to see who would be the top seed from Group Q in the 13/12U Girls Division.


The result was an instant classic at the U.S. Open Basketball Championships.


The AL Southern Starz had to fight off a Newport comeback that saw them tie the game late in the fourth quarter with a lead of 18 points at halftime.


As a result of Newport's best efforts, the Southern Starz clinched the group's top spot in the standings with a 72-69 victory and a 3-0 record in group play.

Mamie Hill, the coach of the AL Southern Starz, said, "A win is a win, but that was an ugly one." The best thing to do after a game like that is to enter bracket play. Newport pursued us, kept up the pressure, and played outstanding basketball the entire time. It's a lesson you can take away from it. Growing, learning, and competing in a fun environment are the primary goals of this tournament.

When it comes to Saturday's must-win bracket-play game, Hill wants to make sure her team is focused and ready to compete at its highest level.

There is a lot we need to learn, Hill said. Our second-half performance should serve as a lesson for us in the future.


Heading Into Bracket Play: Standings Update

Boys ages 12 and under

By winning all four of its games in the preliminary round, high-scoring Austin Select (TX) has cemented itself as the top seed in the 12U Boys Division. To clinch the top seed and a first-round bye in the elimination round, Austin will face the 3-1 Mooresville Runnin' Rebels Elite (NC) on Saturday morning (9 a.m. EDT). As evidenced by Progeny's 47-35 victory over Mooresville Runnin' Rebels Elite and Motor City's 59-58 victory over Progeny, both teams have the ability to compete for a national championship.

Boys' ages 13 and under

When it comes to the 13U Boys championship, it appears that The Family 2027 (MI) and Illinois Flight (IL), both perfect 3-0 in their respective groups, will face off. An average of 35.6 points per game was the family's average margin of victory in its three preliminary games, while Illinois Flight's average margin of victory in its three games was 64.7 points per game (VA).

The 13U/12U Girls:

A 72-69 victory over the Newport Rockets (CA) on Friday put the AL Southern Starz 2028 (AL) on the verge of a title showdown with the Cal Storm Team Taurasi (CA), who also finished 3-0 in Group R. In one semifinal, the Rockets will face Team Taurasi, while the Starz will play the 2-1 Ohio Hoopsters (OH) in the other.

Boys ages 12 and under

By winning all four of its games in the preliminary round, high-scoring Austin Select (TX) has cemented itself as the top seed in the 12U Boys Division. To clinch the top seed and a first-round bye in the elimination round, Austin will face the 3-1 Mooresville Runnin' Rebels Elite (NC) on Saturday morning (9 a.m. EDT). As evidenced by Progeny's 47-35 victory over Mooresville Runnin' Rebels Elite and Motor City's 59-58 victory over Progeny, both teams have the ability to compete for a national championship.

Boys' ages 13 and under

When it comes to the 13U Boys championship, it appears that The Family 2027 (MI) and Illinois Flight (IL), both perfect 3-0 in their respective groups, will face off. An average of 35.6 points per game was the family's average margin of victory in its three preliminary games, while Illinois Flight's average margin of victory in its three games was 64.7 points per game (VA).

The 13U/12U Girls:

A 72-69 victory over the Newport Rockets (CA) on Friday put the AL Southern Starz 2028 (AL) on the verge of a title showdown with the Cal Storm Team Taurasi (CA), who also finished 3-0 in Group R. In one semifinal, the Rockets will face Team Taurasi, while the Starz will play the 2-1 Ohio Hoopsters (OH) in the other.

Boys in their ninth year of high school

We still have a chance for some teams to sway the standings in the 9th Grade Boys Division. With an undefeated 4-0 record, Martin Brothers Basketball (IA) is in a strong position to be named the tournament's top seed, but they must still face 3-1 Indiana Rise (IN) and Future Starts on Saturday (9am EDT) (CO). With victories over Martin Brothers and CAAT Wildcats 2025, Indiana Rise may be able to challenge for first place in the country (GA). Sandhills Machine Select 2025 (NC) and We Got Next (NY) are both 3-2 and have a chance to improve their positions.

Girls in 10th Grade

In the 10th-grade girls' stars division, three teams remain in contention for the top two seeds and a bye to the semifinal elimination round. Saturday's final preliminary matchup between Lady Team Teague (IN) and Lady Gym Rats-Banks (IN) will pit the two teams against each other for the first time (10:20 a.m. EDT). After a 50-49 loss to Lady Team Teague on Wednesday, Cal Storm Team Taurasi (CA) improved to 3-1 with a 62-47 win over the Lady Gym Rats-Banks (IN) in their final game on Thursday. Saturday's other preliminary game pits the winless Lady Gym Rats-Carothers (IN) against the Cal Storm Team Taurasi (2:20 p.m. EDT). In the elimination rounds, the 3-2 Philadelphia Lady Ballers (IL), and the 1-4 Central Kentucky Storm (KY) are both tied for fourth place.

Boys in their Tenth Year

It hasn't been easy to make it past the 20 teams in the 10th-grade boys' division. After Thursday's action, there are still a number of teams capable of winning the championship. Grand Park Premier-2024 Red (Indiana) is the only unbeaten team in Group A, followed by BABC (Massachusetts), Progeny 2024 Blue (Indiana), and Martin Bros Basketball (Iowa). After the preliminary round, the Cincinnati Royals 2024 (Ohio) and South Florida Elite both finished with 3-1 records, as did Primetime Performance (West Virginia) and Sandhills Machine Basketball 2024 (North Carolina). While the South Florida Elite (FL) will face Downtown Basketball (CAN), Primetime Performance (WV) will face Progeny 2024 Grey (IN), Cincinnati Royals 2024 will face Grand Park Premier--2024 Black (IN), and Kentucky Hoop Dreams (KY) will take on the South Florida Elite (FL) in Saturday's opening round of the Stars Division elimination games (KY).


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