McMath standouts help club team advance in Junior NBA qualifying

Marina Radocaj and Caitlin Kippan play for VK Basketball

A pair of Richmond U14 basketball standouts have helped their club team earn the opportunity to represent BC in its quest to be the Western entry at the Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regional Finals.

VK Black capped a dominating run at the Langley Events Centre with a 59-34 win over BC United. They will now face the Alberta champions on June 1 at the LEC for the opportunity to advance to the Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regional Finals June 13-16 in Toronto.

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At stake will be a berth to the Jr. NBA Global Championship —  August 6-11 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando. It will feature eight U.S regional representatives and eight international regions (Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe and Middle East, Latin America and Mexico).

The VK Black roster included Marina Radocaj and Caitlin Kippan. 

The Richmond Youth Basketball League (RYBL) Grade 8 products both aged up this past season to have significant roles in helping the McMath Wildcats senior girls team advance to the B.C. AAA Championships.

Radocaj had 12 points in the B.C. title game. The entire Jr. NBA Global qualifying process is familiar territory for her. Last year, she aged up to help VK reach the Canadian final, only to be edged by Ontario, earning tournament MVP honours.

VK Basketball is a not-for-profit girls spring-summer basketball club dedicated to the development of elite athletes in Greater Vancouver. The girls were coached by Paul Langford. 

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