(INWOOD, NEW YORK CITY) – We finally got to witness a full week of basketball at Dyckman Park and boy, was it worth it. We saw two games decided by one point, two games end within two possessions and two good-ole fashioned blowouts. Oh, and we had another pro pay us a visit, San Antonio Spur Kyle Anderson.
Stay Strong Ent. was on both sides of those one-point games. They defeated R2K earlier in the week 54-53, despite Malcolm Grant’s (Miami ’12) 33 points. Dashawn Joyner (Sullivan CC ’11) led the team with 19 points, 14 coming in the second half. They followed that victory with a loss to Skull Gang 78-77. Skull Gang had the obvious advantage in this one, dressing up New Jersey bred Kyle Anderson just before halftime. Anderson would finish with a solid 13 points and a handful of assists.
Taylor Made also saw action twice this week. Led by Stanley Cespedes’ (Hostos CC ’15) 27 points, Taylor Made trounced Team 914, keeping 914 winless (0-3) on the season. On Friday night, Taylor Made fell to Team Rema Rozay 80-76. Steven “Abby” Ruple (Adams St ’12) led the way for Rema Rozay with 22 points. He was joined in the backcourt by current Rutgers guard Corey Sanders, who finished with 10 points in his Dyckman debut.
Showstoppers/TMT have yet to get in the win column, losing to Dominican Power 60-56 on Friday night. Villanova wing Eric Paschall was in uniform and scored a game-high 21 points for Dominican Power. Showstoppers’ new addition, Maryland Eastern Shore guard Thomas Rivera, scored 20 points in the defeat.
Defending champions Ave Life and Rodney Park extended their undefeated streaks behind wins over Final Four and The Label, respectively. Iona big man Jordan Washington notched a game-high 25 points for Ave Life, meanwhile Rodney Park’s victory was more of a total team effort.
With the Las Vegas Summer League wrapping up this week, expect Pro-Ams to get some visits from guys getting that itch to play some competitive basketball. Dyckman will be ready.
Author Miguel Rodriguez has extensive experience covering the Dyckman Summer League
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