West Claims Close Victory in NWBA All-Star Classic
Jeff Griffin and David Eng named MVP’s of the game
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., February 14, 2014 – For the eighth year in a row, the West Wheelchair All-Stars topped the East, earning a 49-38 victory at the Sprint Arena in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center last night.
Jeff Griffin of the Utah Wheelin Jazz lead all players with 15 points and six rebounds, and David Eng of the New York Rolling Knicks was close behind with 14 points and seven rebounds. Each player earned MVP for the West and East teams respectively.
After 26 years of playing, this was David Eng’s first-ever appearance at the All-Star Classic. “It is truly an honor to be able to showcase wheelchair basketball at its finest level,” he reflected after the game. “We were able to show people what our sport is all about and it was a dream come true to be a part of it all.”
The game showcased physicality, intensity and excitement, and the west did not pull away for the victory until the final four or five minutes. Even the honorary coaches, NBA legends Darryl Dawkins and John Starks, and WNBA stars Ruth Riley and Tamika Catchings, got caught up in the excitement, as there was some playful heckling between the sidelines.
After the game, the NWBA hosted a clinic for children to further showcase the sport. “We get to work with some wonderful kids who are in wheelchairs, and it is really great to give back to the community,” enthuses seven-time All-Star and 2014 MVP, Jeff Griffin. “The NBA throws a great event and we love to kick it off.”
About the National Wheelchair Basketball Association
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is the non-profit disabled sport organization that oversees wheelchair basketball in the United States. Founded in 1948, the NWBA today is comprised of more than 200 basketball teams across twenty-two conferences and seven divisions. For more information, visit www.nwba.org .
MVPs David Eng and Jeff Griffin pose with NWBA Executive Director, Randy Schubert