Earlier today in Louisville, Kentucky, the Miami Heat Wheels were crowned NWBA Division 3 National Champions after beating San Antonio in the finals.
The team had to earn their way back to the finals after a loss put them in the losers bracket. As a consequence, the team had to play and win five games, four of which were in a single day. On Friday night, they beat Richmond 68 – 53. The next day, they first met the number one seeded Wisconsin Thunder, with the game coming down to the final twelve seconds when the team went pulled ahead by three after making two point shot and converting the free throw for the game to end 40 – 37. The team then met Houston whom they dispatched, and before taking on Tampa Bay Strong Dogs whom they also put away. Their fourth must win game was against Detroit, whom they also beat.
The team lost to the NRH Ambassadors in the second round, though the Heat kept the game pretty close. The Heat were kept in it by managing to force a number of key turn overs. In the first round, the Heat easily beat Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets 60 – 45.
The Heat roster Carlos Martinez, Dirrick Hughes, Eduardo Thompson, Jackson David, Jairo Mendez, Jeremie Thomas, Luis Amaro, Manuel Rodriguez, Mario Moran, Marvin Valcourt, Miki Erez, Orlando Carrillo, Raul Acosta, Ryan Galvez, Willy Rodriguez, Almelio Pena and Jose Prado. The team has a real international feel with players born in the United States, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Israel, Venezuela and Cuba.
The Atlanta Jr. Wheelchair Hawks won the NWBA’s Junior Prep Division Championships on Saturday after beating the Chicago Skyhawks 29 – 16 in the final. RHI Indy Pacers won the NWBA’s Junior Prep NIT Championship. The TIRR Houston Hotwheels were crowned the 2015 NWBA Varsity Junior Division National Champions after beating the Courage Center Jr. Timberwolves in the final. The Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks won the NWBA’s Champions Division Championship after beating the NY Rolling Knicks 60 – 48.
Dan Ferreira earned the 2015 Ed Owen Coach of the year award, with the award being given during the NWBA Nationals. Doug Garner was given the Dave Ruback Legacy Award. Courage Kenny Jr. Rolling Timberwolves’s George Kiefner won the Bill and Julie Duncan Good Guy Award. Peter Voskovitch was named the 2015 Wayne Scholarship Recipient. Three people were inducted into the NWBA Hall of Fame this year, including Dan Byrnes, Joe Thorn and Lee Montgomery.