Gold For Da Bizness
The highly anticipated Rockaway Teen Challenge 2012 Basketball 19 and under championship games definitely lived up to the hype. On Saturday, May 12 Team Da Bizness went hard against Team Deuce to claim the Gold Medal with a twopoint margin of victory. Coach Raygan Plummer and Assistant Sherron Witherspoon’s team showed tenacity right from the jump. At halftime they were up by 12 points. Team Deuce, inspired by their team captain, Andrei St. Vistal (18 points) battled back to lead Da Bizness by 5 in the last minute. Da Bizness would not be denied. Leading scorer Jaleel Charles (20 points) sealed the win at the buzzer! The Silver went to Team Deuce. Coached by Isaac Parsee, they went undefeated in the regular season.
In the battle for the Bronze, Team Redfern was stunned by the “refuse to lose” attitude of Team Hammel. Redfern’s top scorer, Lowell Ulmer (18 points), brought his team to an eleven-point halftime lead. They defeated Hammel in the regular season. Hammel’s game high scorer, Fred Littles (30 points), blew up in the second half to carry his team to a 60-56 stinger!
The tournament participants experienced a phenomenal workshop on Stop, Question, and Frisk and Future Leaders, conducted by Community Attorney Jacques Leandre and retired Corrections Officer Lorenzo Steele.