By Trevor Kapp
After Andre Barrett hit a teammate with a no look pass that led to a dunk, #2 United Brooklyn coach James Ryan threw his hands in the air in triumph. The flush gave the team, who trailed by 10 at one point, a seven-point lead. But little did the coach know his boys were far from in the clear.
After being down by 12 entering the fourth, the #6 Usual Suspects cut the deficit to just four after Erving Brown drilled a three from the left wing with about 3:35 remaining. Brown then stole the inbounds pass and put in a lay-up to make it a 95-93 game.
With the Usual Suspects leading by three with 20 seconds left, UBK guard Gary Ervin connected on one of two free throws to make the score 104-102. The Suspects then threw away the inbounds pass and James “Stixx” Williams put in a running hook for UBK with about 11 seconds left to tie the game.
Anthony Glover’s shot at the buzzer was blocked and the game went to overtime.
In the extra session, Ervin alone outscored the Suspects, 9-5, and United Brooklyn finished off upset-minded U.S., 124-109.
DP looks on as a teammate attempts a free throw.
Darren “Primal Fear” Phillip finished with 26 points for UBK and Lloyd Clinton poured in 23, 15 coming in the first quarter, when the game could’ve easily gotten out of reach.
Jason “J-Hi” McLeish dropped 22 for U.S. and Mike Glover added 21.
For DP, there were lessons to be learned from this opening-round scare.
“As a veteran team, we can’t make those types of mistakes,” Phillip said. “Normally a team will put you away when you make those types of mistakes so we’re not gonna do that again.”
As for these two weeks in August, DP can barely contain his excitement.
“This is the most exciting time,” DP said. “This is what New York City basketball is about… Normally, I’m not around this time of year but hopefully I can be there to finish off this great playoffs because there’s nothing better than streetball playoffs.”
X-Men vs. D’s Crew
In the night cap, the #1 X-Men made a bold statement in their first playoff game, knocking down 14 first-half threes to defeat #6 D’s Crew, 115-84.
Former St. Francis guard Sean Dantzler drilled eight of those first-half threes and finished with 24. Tommie “Gunz” Eddie chipped in 16.
Andre “Benzo” Dearing went for 23 for D’s Crew.
The West 4th Street playoffs are set to continue today with the Rosedale Trail Blazers taking on the Generals at 3 p.m., Diamond battling Money Inc. at 4:30 and Foot Print Stars going up against Pick & Roll at 6.
By Casey Lee
Photo: Randy Millard.
After mainly emphasizing its post game in the first half, Money Train looked to its guards in the second half against Team 914 and they delivered.
Antawn “Anti-Freeze” Dobie and Sundiata Gaines attacked the basket with ferocity and turned what was once a 12-point deficit into a 30-point lead.
A capacity crowd took in the action. Photo: Casey Lee.
Jason “J-Hi” McLeish, who had a monster day at West 4th earlier, showed up for the second half and provided Money Train with a third guard to help spell Dobie and Gaines when they needed it as Money Trail rolled to a 104-85 W.
Torey Thomas led the way for Team 914.