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NWBA updates men’s Championship Division January rankings

Earlier today, the United States’s NWBA updated the Championship Division rankings for January.  These rankings are important because the top sixteen teams in good standing qualify for NWBA qualify for the 2015 NWBA National Tournament scheduled to take place in Louisville, Kentucky in mid-April.



There were a fair number of changes outside the top three. The Golden State Road Warriors and Shepherd Stealers have both moved down one.  The University of Arizona men have moved from 8th to 4th. Orlando Magic Wheels, Austin Rec’ers, RIC Hornets and San Diego Wolfpack have moved down two.  Grand Rapids Pacers have moved from 10th up to 7th. L.A. Clippers Chairmen dropped from 11th down to 19th. Seattle Sonics and Charlottesville Cardinals trade places. Albuquerque Kings moved from 15th to 10th. Utah Wheelin Jazz moved up two. Las Vegas Silver Bandits and Possibilities Rolling Bears moved down one. Lakeshore Storm went from 18th to 15th. San Diego Sabers dropped out of the top 20.


The 2015 Pioneer Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament took place in mid-January, with a few men’s Championship Division teams playing. New York Rollin’ Knicks finished first, beating the Shepherd Stealers 71 – 46 in the final. Other games saw  Orlando Magic Wheels loosing to theRIC Hornets of Chicago 66 – 59 and the Lakeshore Storm beating the San Diego Wolfpack  68 – 51 in the fifth place match, with the Wolkpack´s Anthony McDaniels winning the tournament’s Larry Brown Sportsmanship award.  NY Rollin Knocks Kevin Grant was name the tournament’s Best Class 1 player, while teammate Patrick Anderson won the Jo Fowler MVP award.


The complete Championship Division Rankings for January 2015 are:

1. Dallas Mavericks
2. Milwaukee Bucks
3. NY Rollin Knicks
4. University of Arizona men
5. Golden State Road Warriors
6. Shepherd Stealers
7. Grand Rapids Pacers
8. Orlando Magic Wheels
9. Austin Rec’ers
10. Albuquerque Kings
11. RIC Hornets
12. Charlottesville Cardinals
13. Seattle Sonics
14. Utah Wheelin Jazz
15. Lakeshore Storm
16. San Diego Wolfpack
17. Nor Cal Skyhawks
18. Las Vegas Silver Bandits
19. L.A. Clippers Chairmen
20. Possibilities Rolling Bears

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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