Sunday, June 28, 2015

NO SCRUBS SCRIMMAGE @ Riverbank Park Harlem, NY-Day One

On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Harlem, NY, NYDLBALL.com launched it's
ALKEBULAN SUMMER competition with 4 on 4 Full Court Play between
QUEENS 1 and BRONX 2.  BRONX 2 though out-sized competed
consistently at a very high level from first whistle to when the lights went out.
There were no game or halftime score deficit that was more than two or three
points for the entire afternoon.  Coach Mike and Coach Rose have always
managed to teach and create strong units of young men in the BX to compete
in neighborhood contest...and this year, obviously, would be no different.
Madd Madd Shout to Coach Floyd Layne, Coach Charles Jackson and Coach
Whimp Ransom for keeping these workouts alive and available in our NYC
community.


All five boroughs will be represented next week when we do it again...for all the
marbles at The International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn, NY.  Friday July
3rd @ 5 PM and Sunday July 5th @ 5PM
                                                BRONX TWO 2015 with Coach Mike
                                         [L to R. Henny, Mike, Rice & Lil Paul Pierce]

The following are notes, observations and game critiques written by the
participants in the scrimmage at Riverbank. The names have not been
changed to protect anyone.  Blessings. LW

                                      
                                                           QUEENS ONE 2015 
             [L to R-Hamed Dosso, Rashawn Ifill, Zhameek Lovejoy, Justin Joseph]

Commentary by Rashawn Ifill

Saturday's 4-Ball scrimmage QUEENS ONE vs BRONX TWO was one for the 
ages as both teams put on a show in an all out effort to prove who is the best in 
the battle of the boroughs. The battle was well fought as Justin Joseph [Far 
Right] hit back to back three-pointers to give Queens One a lead over Bronx 
TWO [20-17-]at the half.


In the second half things started to slow down for QUEENS ONE and 
BRONX TWO started to make an offensive push, grabbing multiple rebounds, 
and playing aggressive defense as they took a 35-29 over QUEENS ONE.  Q1 
mentally taken out of the game had to find some form of offense, [Guard] 
Rashawn "Buckets"Ifill [Guard with the ball] had to reassure them that it 
wasn't over yet...Running a consistent pick and roll with Zhameek Lovejoy 
to cut the deficit to one with the score 38-37.  As time came running down, 
who other than Buckets Ifill to receive the ball into his hands for the 
dagger three-pointer to give QUEENS ONE the victory 40-38.

Commentary by Coach Mike Pascal

Yesterday at Riverbank State Park I was fortunate to attend a great workout along
with a couple of scrimmage games.  This is what NYC basketball is sorely lacking,
the teaching and mentoring of its athletes.  The time spent there working, doing drills,
was truly a grand experience.  I would like to thank Coach Lahh Woods for giving
of his time, knowledge and energy.  Keep the blessings coming, the reward is in
our young people's future.  Peace and Blessings...Yours in Sport.
                                         Coach Mike Pascal





4 comments:

  1. Great experience,good workouts with coach lahh Woods truly appreciated to work with someone that is from the neighborhood that's knows the game.

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  2. Had a great workout from Lahh, glad I got a chance to put some work in doing drills and etc. It was a good experience and i appreciate being invited to the workout with Lahh Woods

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  3. Chris Todd, Court Warriors [NYC] Part One...The 50th Anniversary of the Rucker Pro Basketball Tournament was a great event for New York streetball's past, present, and future. I remember being a young baller, over a thousand miles away, reading books and watching documentaries about Rucker Park. I would be amazed at the tournaments it would host, the plays I would watch on highlight reels. Legendary players would showcase their talents on this famous basketball stage.

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  4. The 50th Anniversary of the Rucker Pro Basketball Tournament was a
    great event for New York streetball's past, present, and most definitely
    it's future. I remember being a young baller over a thousand miles away,
    reading books and watching documentaries about Rucker Park. I would
    be amazed at the tournaments it would host, the plays I would watch
    on highlight reels, and the legendary players that would showcase
    their talents on this legendary basketball stage. Also, to then learn
    the story of the ballers who had built the stage to a legendary status
    a couple of generations before, would be humbling. I'm talking of the
    stories of men like Richard "Pee-Wee" Kirkland, Joe "The Destroyer"
    Hammond, and Bobby "Zorro" Hunter. Just to see all of those guys in
    one place, which happens to be the same place all of them built a
    crucial part of both their legend, and the legend that is Rucker Park
    was nothing short of magical. The games on display were a great
    show as well.

    A well played Junior Division game that previewed the positive future
    of NYC basketball...A friendly, physical, battle between the NYPD and
    the victorious young adult Each One Teach One team. A spirited High
    School Division Game showcasing Harlem's finest players who will
    soon be traveling to represent many of our nations major colleges.
    Capping off the night with Team Alkebulan [NY/NJ/PA] earning a 2
    point win over the Puerto Rican Pro Legends, at the buzzer, for the
    first time since their rivalry started several years ago.

    Chris Todd/NYDLBALL.com Contributor
    imaballtillifall@live.com

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