“They all play,” Wallace said. “The top two seeds in each grade get a bye in the first round and it’s a double elimination tournament so it’s great, you get to play at least two games.”
At the start of each season, Wallace and the rest of the league’s board have a meeting where they rank each player and try to divide them up evenly to make the league as balanced as possible. Naturally, there are often situations where an average player improves a lot over the summer and surprises everyone come November.
“It happens every once in a while,” Wallace said. “It’s amazing, some of these kids go out and play basketball during the summer, they go to clinics and can improve tremendously from one season to the next.”
Wallace said the league gets a huge boost from the Newburyport High School program as well, saying that varsity coach Tom L’Italien offers a coaching clinic to the league’s new coaches, lets players watch his practices and allows the league’s third and fourth graders to play games during halftime of the varsity team’s home games.
Overall, Wallace said that a total of 290 kids participated in the NBBA this season, and he’s looking forward to seeing what the future holds for next year.
7th/8th Grade - Celtics 44, Bulls 37. Ralph Woekel with 12 points.
7th/8th Grade - Knicks 42, Mavericks 31. Noah van Schalkwyk with 12 points.
5th/6th Grade - Rockets 40, T-Wolves 25. Charlie Gagnon with 12.
5th/6th Grade - Clippers 35, Lakers 27. Alex Lessard with 16.
5th/6th Grade - Spurs 37, Warriors 29. Heath Kennedy with 10.
5th/6th Grade - Rockets 41 Clippers 26. Charlie Gagnon with 10
7th/8th Grade - 76ers 53, Heat 47. Kyle Menard with 18.
7th/8th Grade - Knicks 48, Celtics 32. Noah van Schalkwyk with 26.
5th/6th Grade - Rockets 40, Warriors 38. Charlie Gagnon with 12.
7th/8th Grade - Heat 55, Knicks 50. Isaac French with 22.
5th/6th Grade Championship: Rockets 36, Spurs 31. Finn Whalen with 8.
7th/8th Grade Championship: Heat 51, Sixers 44. Ashton Clark with 20