Red Bull King of the Rock made its inaugural debut at Fairground Park, in the heart of North City St. Louis. This rough and tumble neighborhood court was the perfect location for the gritty hustle and flow that one-on-one basketball brings. 56 local athletes battled it out on the court on this sweltering 98* summer day. The weather brought out a different style of play as athletes had to fight fatigue and exhaustion underneath a blazing hot St Louis sun.
In the end it was former, JUCO 1st Team All-American, Ryun Davis who stood alone at the top. The victory was hard-fought and not without fierce competition from a local neighborhood hero, Damien White. White won over the crowd during his semi final match where he was able to miraculously come from behind to force overtime in the final seconds of regulation. The crowd blew up and stormed the court – causing security to clear the way so the game could continue.
The final game brought all eyes on center court and it was Davis’ dominating post play that held off White and helped edge out a 12-10 victory. Davis, also a northsider will rep his city on The Rock this fall.
The event was a success due to the great support of local officials from the Alderman, State Representative, Chief of Police and the neighborhood Pastor. With their cooperation, Red Bull King of the Rock was brought to life. This event will live on, as 4 new baskets were placed on the courts and local athletes will have a newly renovated and rejuvenated place to enjoy.
Tying in the local basketball community brought an impressive authenticity to the day; with current scholarship players from UM-Saint Louis and St Louis Community College scoring games, as well as the St. Louis Officials Association officiating games at a high standard, allowed athletes to have the feeling of a truly competitive tournament.