Back in June, and invited me to where 100 players battled for 35 spots. Last Saturday I was invited back to the practice facility in East Rutherford, NJ for . The 35 ballers that made it out of the first round now fought for eight spots and the chance to rep in the third and final round to be played at the new in . There, the team from NY will face teams out of , and . The four teams of eight will play a single game elimination format similar to the Final Four. already has their eight ready to go, while , and are still in the Round 2 phase.
The scene was pretty much the same as the first round, but with a more controlled environment. Seven teams of five were matched up and had to stay together the whole night, win or lose. Two 7-minute games were played simultaneously with the winners staying on in true streetball fashion. The four teams left standing with the best records moved onto the semifinals. From the door aka "Tiny Incredible Hulk" out of stole the show. Dude is only 5'8", but he weighs in at 200 pounds of solid muscle. He's lightning quick and is built like a tank. Artis used his broad shoulders to get into the lane whenever he saw fit and his jumper was on all night. Ronald's team dominated most of the evening, and carried a perfect record into the final game.
Some other guys stood out as well. out of Paterson, NJ—who was also on Tiny Hulk's team—could not be stopped inside. He used every bit of his 6'5", 240 frame to punish cats on the lower block. Brad works for the Passaic County Sherrif's office and when he's not fighting crime, he's the head basketball coach at
There were some NYC cats going in as well. aka "H20" out of , a regular on the NYC street scene, reminded everyone of his nickname. He was dicing threes from never never land, but it wasn't enough as his team failed to make it far. , also out of Queens, repped NY to the fullest. His team snuck up on everybody and won the final game. The 6'4" forward has an all-around game that was polished playing alongside the likes of and S as a youngster at .
All in all the night was pretty dope. It was nonstop action from 6pm-10pm and I