FSHS future freshman Downing-Rivers helps Drive5 Power Elite win boys world title of Jr. NBA World Championships

Free State High freshman-to-be Mozae Downing-Rivers ended his pre-high school basketball career with a bang on Sunday, as he won the boys world title of the Jr. NBA Championships with Lenexa-based Drive5 Power Elite at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

Downing-Rivers tallied two points, six rebounds and four assists in Drive5 Power Elite’s 60-50 win over Africa & Middle East. The future FSHS guard had a 3.29-to-1.43 assist-to-turnover ratio over seven games to help Drive5 Power Elite go undefeated in the inaugural tournament.

Grandview freshman-to-be Taj Manning and future Bishop Miege forward Mark Mitchell Jr. both had double-doubles in the world title game. Manning poured in a team-high 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Mitchell Jr. netted 15 points and grabbed 14 boards. St. Thomas Aquinas freshman-to-be Cooper Jackson rounded out the Drive5 Power Elite players in double figures with 10 points. The rest of the Drive5 Power Elite roster includes Jordan Brown (Lansing), Quinton Conley (Kansas City, Mo.), Grady Dick (Wichita), Adrian Dimond (Shawnee), Aidan Shaw (Overland Park) and Damar’e Smith (Shawnee).

The winners of the girls world championship also came from the Kansas City area after KC Prodigy coasted to a 68-38 victory over Europe. Kansas City, Kan., native Sania Copeland led the way with 20 points. S’mya Nichols (Overland Park) and Tasia Johnson (Greenwood, Mo.) added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Gabi Henderson-Artis (Shawnee), Brooklyn Rhodes (St. Louis, Mo.), Tiyani Rollins (Kansas City, Mo.), Saniya Simmons (Kansas City, Kan.) and Cierra Smith (Grandview, Mo.) rounded out the KC Prodigy squad.


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