By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Top Seed Team New Jersey has won their Interscholastic Unified Basketball Tournament on Thursday. Team New Jersey defeated No. 3 seed Team Ohio, 27-20, at the University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena in the Special Olympics USA Games.
With the win, Team New Jersey won all five games in the tournament. Team New Jersey will receive medals, along with receiving a Special Olympics Basketball.
Friday is also the closing ceremony for the Special Olympics USA Games.
Team New Jersey advanced to the Championship game with a win over No. 4 seed Team Washington on Wednesday, July 4th. Team New Jersey won that game, 26-20.
Team Ohio advanced to the Championship game when they defeated No. 2 seed Team New York, 22-11, on Wednesday, July 4th.
Prior to this Championship game, the closest game for Team New Jersey was in Group 3 pool play. When they faced Team Ohio on Tuesday, July 3rd, Team New Jersey won 22-19 at the University of Washington’s IMA Court D.
This is the second Unified Basketball Championship for the Moorestown Quakers Unified Basketball Team since March. They also defeated the Union City Soaring Eagles, 25-21, to win the first-ever NJSIAA Unified Basketball Championship, in partnership with Special Olympics New Jersey, at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J.
This win gave the Quakers an opportunity to advance to play in the Special Olympics USA Games.
Congrats Team New Jersey. Brittany Shields and Mikal Lundy were the coaches, while Robert Fletcher, Grace Ricciotti-Molishus, Ian Banquier, Raymond Brady, Thomas Crable, Colin Ginley, Michael Grant, Ricardo Teixeira-Filho, Megan Vazquez, and Marcus Harvey were the players on the team.
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