Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SANTO DOMINGO LEGENDS WIN 2ND TOURNAMENT OF LEGENDS

On a cool autumn evening the Santo Domingo Legends
defeat the Dominican Sports Legends of New York City
in a contest witnessed by the basketball fans of Harlem
and Washington Heights, NYC.  This is the second year
of the Tournament of Legends and the second time that
the travelers from the capitol of the Dominican Republic
have come away with the Legends Trophy.
     Santo Domingo established an early lead with their
excellent passing and stellar perimeter shooting.  To
compliment that aspect of their attack their bigs
defended and rebounded well and had numerous
buckets served off of the cool offensive glass.

Earlier that evening, it was the Puerto Rican Pro
Legends, coached by the legendary Santos Negron, who
defeated Team AKEBULAN [Motherland] representing
the Greater Harlem Community and NYDLBALL.com
in a closely contested Consolation Game that went to the
wire.  ALKEBULAN was coached by Johnny Pugh also
known in some circles as the "Dancing Bear."  He did a
great job on short notice to tie together various players
from diverse, and ever expanding, backgrounds.



To Be continued...

                     

Monday, October 6, 2014

NY $ugar Daddie$ are Going Back to Indiana!!



When I hear the name Indiana, a few things immediately
come to mind.  Corn Fields...The Big 500 Auto Race...
The Jackson Five...And of course...Larry Bird...The
Movie"Hoosiers" and that clown in red, Bobby Knight,
throwing a folding chair across the court or grabbing up
some 6'8" freshman's jersey in his fist.  I had never been
there...I did not know what to expect.  What we got in
Indiana was a hell of a lot more than corn fields and
Gene Hackman.  Let me start at the beginning.  The
New York $ugar Daddie$ participated in the 2014
Showdown in Naptown, that was held in Indianapolis,
Indiana.  This is Masters Basketball.  This is the Final
Chapter...the Last Dance...This is where middle-aged
and elderly Ballers work-out, compete and get their
"Last Hurrah"...their "Last Applause"...their 'Last
Victory Lap!!

They do it BIG out here...Great Competition...
Great Facilities...Great People. In the immortal words
of Michael Jackson... "We're Going Back To Indiana!!"





















                                       The Jackson 5- Five Famous Native Sons of Indiana

Thursday Night [NYC], almost 10 PM...
The uptown #1 Train/Broadway Local roars out of the
tunnel headed towards Dyckman.  There are two men
across from us, soundly sleep on the subway.  No doubt
hard working men...Sound asleep...on the subway. Not
the move...Sleeping on the subway...On pay day.  I'm not
quite sure where we are going but we've got a small
window of time to go to a Press Conference for the
Dominican Sports USA age 45 & Over Tournament
[October 10 & 11th] that will be held in NYC
with teams representing The Dominican Republic,
Team DR-USA, The Puerto Rican Pro Legends and
one of our basketball clubs TEAM ALKEBULAN
Harlem, USA. 

I receive at text from Gene Ali Jennings [A $ugar Daddy]
...He's arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42
Street from Syracuse, NY...I buzz him and ask him to
sit tight and then meet us at 125 Street near the Apollo
Theater in a hour.  He's not sure if he should take the
D Train, the A Train or the C Train...I told him to
"Take the A train...It's the quickest way to get to
Harlem."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb2w2m1JmCY

That is where we could link up with him and head
over to the east side, on the edge of "El Barrio" [The
land of Corky Ortiz] to catch our 13 hour ride with the
$ugar Daddie$ to a far away land called Indianapolis,
Indiana.  My brother Eddie and I walk a number of
blocks...[Should have caught a cab] through the edge
of Washington Heights [Little DR].  We got off at the
wrong train stop, so now we hoof it back towards
where I believe the restaurant is.  We pass the dimly
lit housing projects on our left, and cross the busy
street and see the bright flashing lights of the 809
Lounge on Dykman Ave. 

We walk into a quiet, sophisticated restaurant, dim
lights...elegant setting.  More than a few heads turned
towards us as we enter the large quiet room.  I sense
that we have missed the event, or we are in the wrong
place.  In my best Spanglish I say, "Come Estas Hermano
...Donde es la Press Conference?"  Silence. And then the
gentleman smiles and points us towards two large gold
doors.  We step confidently through the room and push
through the door, and there is a room full of people...
Press, lovely hostesses, ballplayers, basketball fans,
etc...They begin to applaud us...

   Team managers, coaches & players hold the Legends Tournament Trophy.

We step further into the room, the bright lights swing our
way and hit my eyes and I hear the announcer [en Espanol], "Ladies and Gentlemen this is Lahh Woods!...
NYDLBALL.com! Team Alkebulan! Lahh Woods! 
Come on up here with one of your players and have a word
with us!"

I turn to my brother with that "Can You Believe This?"
look on my face...He's laughing that,"Yes we can do this"
laugh, and I just shake my head and walk up towards the
press table.  Welcome to my world my Brother...Welcome
to my world.  The Tournament of Legends is in it's second
year and with it's international teams, blaring hot Latin
music, a comedic and caustic play by play announcer with
standing room only attendance...It is becoming one of the
hottest basketball tickets in Harlem, NYC.


 Larry Legend Bird-Always let his game speak for himself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMgg1CZw0hc

Friday Morning 1:15 AM 125 St & Lexington Ave
The Mercedes Van pulls up slowly at the curb.  The curious
stop and stare while others step lively on this busy Harlem 
street corner.  Is this block hot? I wonder. Right about now
it's luke warm.  The age 55 and Over warriors board the
team van after loading their luggage in the back door. Some
folks have so many bags it looks like they're running away
from home. Running away to Indiana, a long way from the
dark corners and crowded sidewalks of East Harlem.  This
is not a common happening. "Are you some kind of pro
team?" "Are you musicians?"  "Where y'all going?...Yo I
still play ball!  How can I get down with this?"
The attention and inquiries were quite flattering, even
for middle aged men, who have seen it all before in
another lifetime...But we still had to venture west and
effectively compete after many hours of sitting in the
vehicle.  We said our prayers, thanked God, and begun
our journey.


 




The  journey west has finally begun and for next 13
hours I have a captive audience.  I get to VJ....I put into
the DVD player videos of Alkebulan and Sugar Daddy
games from throughout the summer of 2014...
Something to pass the time away before we compete
against the basketball legends from Chicago, and Indiana.



We were in the able driving hands of one of our
big men, Warren "Snakes on the Plane" Storey aka
Captain Turnpike or Old Iron Kidneys himself...He
breezed through New Jersey...He flows through
Pennsylvania.  He's a driving machine.  He and his
Chief Navigator Tony "$ugar Daddy" Greene were
relentless time keepers




and they were determined to get us to INDY on
schedule.  We begged them to stop so we could use
the bathroom...They ignored us...and laughed...
Thank God we eventually needed to get some gas. 
           The Indianapolis 500: The Greatest Race on Earth

When we got to INDY we were joined by my personal team
MVP, Carl 'The Mailman" Colbert who also happen to be
"The Hardest Working Man in Masters." He had flown in
from Florida for the weekend's athletic festivities.  He met
us at the Marriott and we packed for the game and headed
to the gym.  We rush to the gym.  Great facility. We watch
some of the Indy All-Stars vs The Naptown Players...These
are two competing teams that are crosstown rivals and have
a competitive history that goes back for many, many years.

Naptown Players; Strong Club & Great Tournament Committee

Also we must mention that the INDY All-Stars host their
own Master's Tournament that takes place in July in the
city of Indianapolis. It was a close game when we left to
warm-up on the other side of the gym.  When we saw the
final score we were surprised...It wasn't close.  The Indy
All-Stars, a very, very good team put away Naptown by
about twenty points.  Must have been some second half.  
http://www.showdowninnaptown.com/showdown/home.aspx

                      2014 NEW YORK $UGAR DADDIE$ AGE 55+ TEAM IN INDIANA

We are very excited that it is now our time to compete. 
Our time to play.  We've been planning for this moment for
a few months.  As we stretch and lay the ball up I notice
that there is no team on the other court.  Are we in the right location? Do we have the correct game time?  We were soon
to find out that the Chicago team, Double Nickel, last year's Champs in the Age 55 & Over Division was still in Chicago.


Chicago's Double Nickels 2013 Showdown In Naptown Champs


We have played them before...They had a come from
behind win over us last year at the Detroit Masters.
[Madd Madd Shout to Mr. Cal Dilworth and the Detroit
Masters Committee 2014/2015 and Zenobia's Stepping
and Dance School, Inc.] They've got a couple of mobile
BIGS, and they have great perimeter shooting from
their back-court. They like to bump and grind...They
prefer a physical contest.  We would like to see them
again...It would not happen on this today. 

We got the forfeit win and I started to get a headache. 
After a thirteen hour ride...The last thing in the world
I wanted was a win by forfeit.  We scrimmage
amongst ourselves....We try to stay loose and hope
not to injure anyone playing at half speed.  Several of
our players find their way onto other rosters and get
games in on courts 3 and 4.  Crazy.  We just rode
13 plus hours. Right?  And we climbed out the Benz
and played a scrimmage game with ourselves. Right?
We barely escape hurting one another playing at 3/4
speed. Right? So after Coach Pugh ends the scrimmage
we then go across the floor and find other teams to
play with. Right...What's the problem? That's
CRAZY.  That's the problem.

I shake my head at the basketball madness...Stretch
a little on the side and then I make the mistake of
challenging my teammate Jake "The Snake"
McConnell #11 to a game of H.O.R.S.E., jump-
shots only. I know he's a pretty good shooter. 
Maybe we should shoot for $5 a game to make it
interesting.  "OK Jake we'll just shoot for fun...I'll
go easy on you."  Needless to say...I get
DESTROYED.  Yeah, I got bit by the Snake, who
happens to be one of the best Masters perimeter
shooters in the free world...So by the end of day
one in INDY I was .500, I had one win and one 
loss...INDY .500.




Saturday Morning 10:00 AM ...We sleep in a little
late...and my brother Eddie does a few video interviews
with my teammates.  Indiana is a very quiet community. 
Most are modest, candid, statements about being glad
to be here on the trip...how good it is to travel and still
be a ballplayer after the BIG 50+.
                                    Cameraman/Producer/Chief of Security: Eddie Woods

We head to the gym, some of us without breakfast,
and suit up for our contest with the INDY All-Stars. 
This INDY team is favored to win the tournament. 
They are a veteran ball-club where everyone knows
their roll. They play within their system, and rarely
are they out of character or off of their game plan. 
They are basically led by "three gears" of basketball
operation.  Nut, CJ, and [You Fill in the Blank]  
[Gear 1]-James "Nut" Adams is a rebounding,
defender who can score.  He's a vocal player/coach
who is a solid foundation to their three point attack.
He brings the intensity...He's in your face when you
don't do your job...He's leading the attack on defense
and on offense.  [Gear 2] Carl Jordan is scoring
ball-handler with a famous last name.  CJ can get
behind your defense with relative ease, and does a
few of those intangibles that puts a club consistently
in the victory column. If you need a steal...He gets
you a steal.  If you need a three to end the half...He
gives you a three...He can hit the open 3-ball and
he can facilitate and feed open players.  However,
he is most dangerous in the open court during
transition. Keep your eye on him [Gear 3] The
INDY All-Stars' third gear is any one of an
assortment of support players who can rebound,
play 'D" or hit the open shot...From the low post
to the 3 point line, their players have to be
accounted for at all times.  Fundamentally sound,
athletic and knowledgeable of the game...They've
got a low post presence and they've got more
than a few snipers who can hit that 3-ball with
confidence and consistency.  I believe that they
are a consistent Top 3 National Team in the
Age 55 and Over Division.  A great Club and
they are great Individuals.  Their sportsmanship
and professionalism is second to none. 
It wasn't always that way with us.  Let's just say
we had to get to know one another over a period
of time.
 
We look to the near future where we can compete
against one another again. I'm still trying to crack
the code and find a competitive way to get that
INDY All-Stars "W" 

The Indy All-Stars defeat the Sugar
Daddies in the mornings timeslot.  Indy was a little
hesitant out the gate and eventually got their
momentum and game lead by way of a balanced
floor attack, strong defense and perimeter shooting.
Both teams have become quite familiar with one
another and there was no surprises. Once the Indy
All-Stars commanded a double digit lead there was
no looking back.  The All-Stars have several weapons
and they were cooking on all cylinders. 
 
Our next and most critical game is against the
Naptown Players, the house team.  They have
a strong and dedicated team of players who can
shoot, play "D" and they know the game. We
have only competed against them in the
Buffalo Masters in the 50 & Over Division, about
two years ago.  I'm not sure, but I believe they beat
us by a few points.  They are the host team, however
I did not get a sense that they were at full strength.
They didn't appear to have more than eight players
or so. 
The game was a good one, with both teams
jockeying back and forth with the lead.  The Sugar
Daddies played scrappy "D" and had some offensive
challenges playing the majority of the game without
Corky Ortiz.  The Naptown Players countered with
a physical presence on offense and defense that sent
several players on both teams to the hardwood floor.
Several front line Naptown Players worked the
boards and secured the Naptown victory by 2 points.
This loss basically ended the athletic aspect of the
Sugar Daddy weekend.  Being 1-2 meant that it was
Miller Time...No not Reggie Miller...Just plain old
Miller Time.  Not a good feeling, but hey these teams
out here came to play.
 
After the game we watched the Showdown in
Naptown 3-Point Contest.Many of the players here
have great 3-Point range, however several of the
players appear to have some difficulty with the
shooting format of the contest.  There were
rebounders and feeders on the court...a sound
system and announcer that keep the gym
bouncing and the energy high...That was cool. 
I still believe that ball racks are the best format
for contest.  But hey, as long as everyone has
to deal with the contest format...The best
shooters will always shine. 
                                       


INDY ALL-STARS GIFT NY SUGAR DADDIES A
MASTERS CHIP!!

Indianapolis, Indiana
                It is commonly known as the Showdown In
Naptown, a Masters Basketball competition where the
average age of the competitive players is some where
around retirement age.  It is held every September by
an organized Naptown tournament committee that gets
many of the small details right when it comes to
basketball and great times.  The tournament Director
is Neal "The Ram" Thomas...I personally gave Neil
that nickname after running into one of his creative
moving picks on the hardwood.  His tournament
committee includes Derrick Johnson, Indy Red 
Bluitt, Jerry Dingle, Chris "Rev" Hull and Jeff
Green.  

 

















The sports bulletin of the weekend was the generosity, 
and thoughtfulness of the Indianapolis All-Stars, one 
of the dominant 55 and Over teams in the nation,
when they opted out of the championship game and
gifted that opportunity to the New York $ugar Daddie$. 
The Indy All-Stars took into account that the NY team
had traveled an excess of 13 hours, by luxury van, to
compete in Indy and had the misfortune of not qualifying
for the "Chip" by losing to the Indy All-Stars and losing
to the Naptown Players finishing the qualifying round
with a record of 1-2...The solo victory for the road weary
NY Team was a forfeit win over the Chicago Double
Nickels [the 2013 Champs] who for some unknown
reason were a no show.




                    2014 NAPTOWN PLAYERS IN THE HOUSE!

I've been around this game and have played this
game for over forty years and I have never, ever,
heard of such sportsmanship, and generosity coming
form a competitive team.  Some say the move makes
great business sense when it is commonly known that
there are several Masters Invitational tournaments in
the Indianapolis area competing for teams and
participants, including a July tournament hosted by
the Indianapolis All-Stars.


                        2014 NEW YORK SUGAR DADDIES

However you want to color this rare gesture, we 
accepted the offer and  were allowed to compete on 
day three of the Showdown In Naptown vs the 
Naptown Players who had defeated the $ugar Daddie$
the evening before by the score of 61-63.



To Be continued...

Friday, August 22, 2014

LATINO SPORTS FAMILY DAY AT HOOPS IN THE SUN [Bronx, NY]


Latino Sports Inc. is once again hosting the
Celebrity Basketball Game and Family
Day at Hoops In The Sun
[Orchard Beach Bronx, NY] 
                               THE CROWD AT ORCHARD BEACH, BRONX, NY

There will be music, prizes, and entertainment for
the entire family and a couple of community
basketball games that will have the local crowd
cheering on their feet.  Game ONE, at 12 noon,
also known as the "Mystery Game of Ringers "
will feature community members from the
Bronx/Harlem social, political and entertainment
scene, including the staff of  Hoops In the Sun,
http://www.hoopsinthesun.net/
Latino Sports Inc.vs Bronx-Net Cablevision, 
who is the local cable television station for 
this area. Historically, anyone might show 
up and put on a great show on or off the  
basketball court.  You may see a dance 
performance at half-time, or even a  
Hip-Hop fashion show....We've witnessed a 
mass ZUMBA class and even a man on a unicycle
dribbling a basketball and doing wild tricks.  Every
year this entertaining game comes down to the final
possession and every year we all have a grand time. 

GAME TWO, at 1PM will feature non-other than the
Puerto Rican Pro Legends coached by Santos Negron,
Roberto Guilbe, and Charlie Cotto.  They will be
matched against Team Alkebulan/Men of Respect
who will represent the Harlem Pro Legends 
and www.NYDLBALL.com [Madd Shout 
to Bob McCullough and Each One Team 
One]  This should be a classic match-up of 
two veteran ball-clubs who have in one way 
or another been competing against one 
another for over thirty years.  This will be a 
match-up that will pit Size and Low Post 
Play vs Speed and Defensive Strategy. 

Latino Sports Celebrity Basketball Game & Family Day
                                            THROW-BACK FLYER FROM THE ARCHIVES

The Puerto Rican Pro Team will be lead by Andre
"Corky" Ortiz, who is a scoring machine and veteran
of not only the hard NYC Playgrounds...He is also
a clever veteran of the Balocesto Superior League de
Puerto Rico for many, many years.  He will have a lot
of help from a Puerto Rican Pro front line of players
who tower in the 6 foot 6 inch height range as they
pound the ball inside until their opponents say, "No
Mas!"  Undoubtedly, ALKEBULAN will have their
hands full, and will counter with defensive strategy,
speed, and the leadership and experience of Whimp
Ranson, Predator Vaughn, Gil "DOC' Alvarez, and
the former New York Technical College standout
Kelvin "KJ" Jones.  Team Captain Lahh Woods
stated, "We know them very, very, well.  We've
been battling with them for years.  Off the court
these are the greatest brothers,...calm, loving,
gentlemen, you would ever want to associate
with...On the court, [Lahh laughs] that's a
different story, they play hard and take no
prisoners...Let's just say they don't like to 
loose and neither do we.  Should be a great
game. I've known Santos for years.  He let's
me play on their "B" Team every now and then.
Those are great guys."  There is no official
record of who leads this inner-city, competitive,
series in "Ws",,,However, it is the humble
opinion of this writer that the Puerto Rican Pro
Legends have established a substantial lead
over the Harlem Pro Legends. But, all that
means nothing. Because, Sunday is a brand
new day, and the day for a brand new game...
with old friends, at Orchard Beach.

At the time of this story, the following is the ALKEBULAN ROSTER for the
Latino Sports Celebrity Game and Legends Classic 2014
 ALKEBULAN
  MEN OF RESPECT LEGENDS 2014
Coached by Bill Robinson
Orchard Beach Was Basketball Heaven For 19th Annual Celebrity Games and Family Day
          PLAYER NAME & #                 HT/WT           HIGH/COLLEGE         HOMETOWN
#1-LAHH "BABA" WOODS              5'10"/150 lbs    AVIATION HS/CCNY         BRONX, NY
#2-TOM "SHOWTIME" SINGLETON 6'1"/178 lbs        /ESSEX CC                   BRONX, NY
#3-KELVIN "KJ" JONES                     6'2"/175 lbs            NY TECH U               BRONX, NY
#4-CALVIN "GHOST" WALTON        6'6"/240 lbs          CENTRAL HS              BRONX, NY
#5-LARRY "BUCKETS" SHOY       6' 0"/220 lbs.     VIRGIN ISLANDS            BRONX, NY 
#6-SAM "STICK MAN" HOLLINS     6'1" 170 lbs.            DODGE HS                 BRONX, NY
#7-ERIC "E-MAN" CAMPBELL        6'0" 175 LBS         CLINTON HS                BRONX, NY
#8-LIONEL "HASLEM" PETRIS      6'4' 235 LBS  SPRINGFIELD GARDENS  BRONX, NY
#9-LINZELL "PREDATOR" VAUGHN  6'6" 250 LBS        WALTON HS            BRONX, NY
#10-JAMES "TRUCK" SUTTON              6'4" 235 LBS         WALTON HS        BRONX, NY
#11-WENDELL "ICE MAN" RANSOM     6'1'  175 LBS     CLINTON HS     HARLEM, USA
#12-WARREN "CLYDE" STOREY            6'3" 189 LBS     VIRGINIA STATE    BKLYN, NY
#14-MIKE "SET-SHOT" ALLEN               6'2" 185  LBS    LAGUARDIA CC    QUEENS, NY
#15-GIL "THE DOC" ALVAREZ               6'5" 245 LBS       GRAPHICS HS   HARLEM, USA
#16-TONY 'SUGAR DADDY" GREENE   6'2" 185 LBS           CCNY               QUEENS, NY


                          PUERTO RICAN PRO LEGENDS 2014
                Coached by Santos Negron & Charles Cotto

   PLAYER NAME & #                        HT/WT      HIGH/COLLEGE   HOMETOWN
#6-TYLER 'The Difference" BROWN 6'4"/225 lbs.                                         NYC
#12-ANDRE "CORKY" ORTIZ          6'2'/170 lbs.                                   HARLEM, USA
#15-AL MORALES                              6'1" 185 lbs.                                         NYC
#21-OBET "TREE" VASQUEZ           6'6"/260 lbs.                                         NYC
#32-ANTHONY GAINES                    6'7"/275 lbs.                                         NYC
#34-JOE NAVARES                             6'4"/240 lbs.                                         NYC
#40-DERRICK LAWSON                    5'11"/ 190 lbs.                                  BRONX, NY
#42-LOUIS "CHICKY" ARROYO      5'11"/190 lbs                                        NYC                      
ALBERTO MALDONADO                                                                                 NYC
ORLANDO PACHECHO                                                                                    NYC
TONY DIAZ                                                                                                          NYC
MIKE CINTRON                                                                                                  NYC
                                 Team Managers: Roberto Guilbe and Henry Comas

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hoop 'N Que 3 on 3 Report [Medina, Ohio]

The Hoop 'N Que tournament, held in Medina, Ohio, is 
one of the largest community-oriented basketball 
tournaments in Ohio. It is an outdoor experience 
involving teams of all ages playing both full court 
4-on-4 and half court 3-on-3 basketball games. 




Food vendors and other entertainment draw a large audience 
for two-days of activities --- this year on August 2-3. Proceeds 
support the Mantrell Price Scholarship to help offset pay-to-participate fees for Medina high school athletes. Price, who 
passed away in 2010, co-founded the event was a 1993 
graduate of Medina where he played football and ran track.


As part of its mission to support youth basketball players 
who otherwise do not have the financial ability to play the 
game, Still Here Basketball, Inc., traditionally sponsors teams. 
This year we sponsored a grade school and a junior high team. 
We also entered an adult team in the 3-on-3 over-38 age category 
of the tournament and were fortunate enough to win the event.

[Left-Right] Kurt Miller,Jami Bosley, Mark Bruner, Rick Noland


The tournament draws some high quality talent 
including retired professional basketball players as 
well as numerous Division I, II and III college players plus 
local streetball legends from Cleveland and Akron. Of the 
Still Here team, all are recreational ballplayers except for 
Jami Bosley who is the all-time scoring leader in Stark 
County, Ohio high school history; played at Ohio State 
University and was a standout guard at the University 
of Akron from 1997-2000.

• There's also coverage of the Still Here Golf Outing, just concluded, at: http://stillherebasketball.blogspot.com. We've 
made connections with an area wheel chair basketball program 
that we've begun to financially support and are planning some games in early fall.


Contributed by Mark Bruner

Friday, August 15, 2014

iBallmag.com Hoop It Up for Cancer 2014 [West Atco, NJ]


iBallmag.com presents yet another stellar event with their 
Hoop it Up For Cancer 3 on 3 Tournament to be held in
the South Jersey Town of West Alto.  Organizers have 
planned a family friendly day of half-court compettion
that will benefit and support local Cancer patients.
Avery Watkins is one of the driving forces behind this
event and we hope to post an interview with him as 
soon as possible.  In the meantime, get your teams 
together [Women/Men & Children] and let's Hoop 
It Up for Cancer on Sunday August 31, 2014.  Blessings. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Great Day of Hoops NYC Style [YMCA 3x3-IBALL Mag & Forest Old Timers]


This is the NYC Basketball Express Train!  This is 
going to be a strong and bumby ride. So...Please hold 
onto the designated hand rails AT ALL TIMES...


Please fasten your seat-belts, and please give your seat to 
any elderly ballplayers, slightly balding referees, or pregnant 
women.  The First stop on this Basketball Express Train 
is the Jamaica YMCA's 3 on 3 Tournament, where young 
men respectfully challenge the old, and new nicknames 
and legends are born with every pulsating beat of the heart.  
WATCH THE CLOSING DOORS!! BING-BONG!!

STOP ONE!!
First Annual YMCA 3x3 Basketball Tournament Report
8/2014
    Score the basket for the young upstarts, Underground 
Brown, in their battle against the soon to be 
Open Division Champs The Terminators.


It was a day of great athleticism, sportsmanship and 
competition when the First Annual Jamaica YMCA 
3 on 3 Tournament took place on Saturday August 2, 
2014 at  P.S. 48, the Wadsworth School in Jamaica, 
N.Y.  The competition was originally scheduled
for Rufus King Park and was moved to the Wadsworth 
School in anticipation of heavy summer showers.
The days officials were from the local Queens IAABO 
Board and they did a superb job of keeping the 
basketball action just the way we like it...moving, 
competitive, and safe.  Speaking of officials...The 
young athletes were visited by none other than the 
retired National Basketball Association Referee Lee 
Jones.  Mr. Jones, who grew up in South Jamaica,
and attended P.S. 48 gave words of encouragement 
to all of the student athletes and adults who were 
present for the event.  He mentioned how everyone 
should continue to work and play hard, and how it 
was great to be back in the old neighborhood.

All of the participants played hard, and appeared to enjoy
the many features of the days event, which included
gift bags, play by play announcing, jerseys and water
supplied by the generous event sponsors; H&R Block, 
Walgreen's Drug Stores, Resort International Casino
and of course the YMCA of Greater New York.

Congratulations to the Jamaica YMCA Tournament
Committee for hosting a great community event in
a secure and uplifting environment. 

Here are the 2014 YMCA Champions

 The 12 & Under Division
1st Place-4 the Hard Way
Featuring: Mia Moore as the Most Outstanding Player

The High School Division
1st Place-Sabrina’s Ballers 
Featuring: Isaiah Brown as the Most Outstanding Player

The Open Division
Experienced overcame youth in what was billed as the "Battle
of the Generations"  as the Terminators edged the youthful
Underground Brown by winning two close games out of three.
1st Place-The Terminators 
Featuring: Most Outstanding Player - 

For Additional Tournament Information contact:
ylogo-sig.jpgCedric Dew, MS | Executive Director
YMCA of Greater New York
5 West 63rd Street 6th Floor New York, NY 10023
PH: 718-739-6600x1021 | cdew@ymcanyc.org
www.ymcanyc.org | http://facebook.com/ymcanyc


Passengers...This is your conductor speaking.
If you see something...Say something!
If there is a steal in the open court...
Call the police.
If there's a no look pass or a heart stopping
end to a game...Call EMS.
Don't just sit there...Get involved, Scream,
Shout...and Say Something!!

STOP TWO!!
Iballmag.com Day at Rucker Park 2014

The IBALLmag.com Tournament of Champions 
took place Sunday August 3, 2014 at the historic
Rucker Park, New York City.  Invited  teams

played in the one day event that was part of
the Harlem Week Celebration 2014.


 New Jersey brings home the Gold in
the Open Adult Division

Competitive teams from New York City, New Jersey, 
Elmira, NY, and Atlanta GA got acquainted athletically 
and by the end of the day...it was a Great Day in Harlem.
There was a High School Division game, a Women's
Division Game and an Adult Male Open Division.
In the Women's Game Atlanta defeated New York City.
In the Men's Division Game Elmira, NY was edged
out of the contest by a strong New Jersey team. 

 Richard PeeWee Kirkland tosses jump ball

Not only was the community treated to some 
high flying, bucket for bucket,  above the 
rim competition, there was nothing short 
of NYC Basketball Royalty in attendance.

 Rucker Legends at the Iballmag.com 
   Retired Trotter, Pee Wee Kirkland, Joe Hammond, 
Fred Crawford, Harthorne Wingo 

The Iballmag.com Connection at Rucker Park
The Watkins Brothers 2014
 
For more information 

Contact: Avery Watkins 1-856-842-4849 

STOP THREE!!
Bronx Friends Old Timers Day
at Forest Playground
                 Bronx Legends  [Left to Right] Charlie Foreman, 
              Biggy Doward, Funny Kidd, Nate Tiny Archibald, 
                 Floyd Layne, Howie Evans, Bubba Gary


From Super-Biddys to Bald Heads....from
from new-jacks to the old-school The Friends
of the Bronx Old Timers always packs them 
in [SRO] as this 30 years event continues to 
grow larger every year.  In attendance...Sam
Worthen, Ernie Morris, Funny Kidd, Nate
Tiny Archibald, Myles Dorch, Johnny
Mathis [No he did not sing], Floyd Layne,
Bubba Gary, Al Colter, Fat Joe, Kelvin
Jones, Biggy Doward, Freako Bob, Predator,
Whimp Ransom, Clifford Weston, etc,
etc, etc...This years honoree was none other
than the journalist, activist, Howie Evans 
of the Amsterdam News.   Great times/