New England Well Represented at Global Challenge
The Nike Global Challenge got underway Wednesday night in Chicago and was well represented with local New England talent.
The Global Challenge is the culminating event of Nike’s grassroots season, bringing top players from around the world together in an 8 team tournament that includes four different USA teams along with Brazil, Canada, China, and Pan Africa played under FIBA rules.
USA Midwest opened with a 97-82 win over Canada on Wednesday night. Incoming MacDuffie School junior big man Omari Spellman went for a team high 15 points, in just 15 minutes of action, for USA-MW while his future teammate, Jordy Tshimanga, was equally efficient with 8 points and 8 rebounds in just 12 minutes of action for Canada. Incoming Vermont Academy swingman Corey Johnson is Canada’s long-range sniper and he was 5-10 from behind the three-point line last night for 15 points to go with 6 rebounds.
Donovan Mitchell, Terance Mann, and Aaron Falzon are all suiting up for the USA East team which is scheduled to play their first game at 10am on Thursday against China. All games are being streamed live over the internet by GameCube.
Mann and Falzon led the way for BABC and Expressions respectively on this year’s EYBL circuit while Mitchell played on the Under Armour circuit for The City.