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
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
[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
[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