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Ones Basketball League Crowns Atlanta Regional Champion at CORE4 in Chamblee; Awards $10,000 Prize
Glen Rice Jr., Antonio Hester, Tiras Wade Advance to Las Vegas for 2022 OBL Finals in July
Rice, the OBL (@oblhoops) Atlanta Regional Champion and recipient of the $10,000 prize, seeded fifth after a 6-1 record on Saturday despite an injured lower leg, won the Championship match, 9-7, over Hester, who had qualified as the #2 seed after going a perfect 7-0 in pool play. Wade, the #1 seed who was also unbeaten at 7-0 on Saturday, bested Atlanta's Phil Taylor in the third-place game. At 40, Wade was the oldest competitor in the field. All three now advance to the OBL Finals in Las Vegas this summer (dates and location TBA).
"This league is giving players an opportunity to show what they can do, and these three guys took advantage with great play all weekend," said McGrady. "We are proud that they will be representing the Atlanta region in Las Vegas."
"It was fun competing with this group of guys, playing a game that we love and seeing who was the best at it," said Rice, 31, who starred collegiately at Georgia Tech.
"It was love, man. I enjoyed this weekend and it was such a blessing to be here," added the powerful Hester, 31.
In last week's inaugural event in Houston, John Jordan, 29, of Houston was the champion.OBL's next regional event is May 21-22 at Chicago Hope Academy Athletic Center.
Following Chicago, the remainder of the regional schedule is as follows:
The winner of each regional tournament will take home a $10,000 cash prize along with an invitation to the Finals, which will see 21 players compete for a chance to win a $250,000 grand prize.
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