The Kyrie Irving-Rod Strickland Summer League wrapped up last Sunday at IS 584 on St. Ann’s Avenue in the Bronx with five championship games. It marked the end of the 24th season of a tournament that drew programs and players from all over New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The 8U-Itty Biddy Division started the schedule with Riverside’s offense being too powerful for the K / S All Stars to slow down. Paced by MVP Josiah Belfor, Riverside came away with a 38-9 victory. Blake Goodall received the Sportsmanship Award.
Then, the 9U-Itty Biddy game saw the NY Lions take a narrow 23-18 victory over Team 914. Lions’ strong performance Jydah Simmons led to MVP honors while Cayden Fortura was awarded the trophy for the Lions. ‘sportsmanship.
Black Ops and the K / S All Stars fought in the Super Biddy Championship with Black Ops ahead of their determined opponent 47-42. Jalen Chase and Tristan Williams won MVP and Sportsmanship respectively.
Biddy’s division came down to final possessions. Led by MVP Amir Dockery, Fly High Elite crushed the Rising Stars 58-56. Ethan Nelson was the sportsmanship winner. Division team Rising Stars Midget and Westchester Athletics closed the tournament with the most contested game of the day as the Rising Stars claimed a striking 47-46 victory. Carter Wilson was a deserving MVP, as was Taj Walters for sportsmanship.
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