Miguel Rodriguez

Dyckman League Wk. 7: Nets’ McCullough Drops 26

Author: Miguel Rodriguez
Dyckman League Wk. 7: Nets’ Chris McCullough Scores 26

(INWOOD, NEW YORK CITY) – Week 7 at Dyckman Park was “LIT” as the kids would say. We had two undefeated teams fall, a special events game versus “The SEED Project” from Senegal, and a local NBA player take the court.

 

Tuesday night, we saw an undefeated Rodney Park squad take on an undefeated Ave Life team. Rodney Park was hot early and entered halftime with a 12-point lead. The lead would balloon to 17-points in the second half before an incredible Ave Life run cut the deficit to three in the final moments. Championship game MVP Jordan Aaron (Milwaukee ’14) led the charge for Ave Life, drilling two huge three-pointers in the final minute. In the end, two David Seagers (Dowling ’12) free throws clinched the win for Rodney Park. His team-high 20 points led the way for Rodney Park. Aaron would finish with 26 points for Ave Life.

 

Unfortunately, the following game between Heavy Reign/Team Racks and Team Kemba wasn’t as competitive. Heavy Reign, one of the most collectively experienced teams in the tournament, dismantled a young Team Kemba squad who was headlined by high school guards Isaiah Washington and Markquis Nowell. Although extremely talented, the young guys could not keep up with the opposition. Heavy Reign would go on to win 74-54. Domo Jones (Ft Hays State ’11) poured in 23 for Heavy Reign.

 

Showstoppers/TMT finally got in the win column this week after a 67-54 victory over Stay Strong Ent. Their star player Courtney Fields (Iona ’03) made his season debut for the squad and gelled well with guards Thomas Rivera (UMES) and Basil Harley (Mohawk Valley ’15). The guards scored 19 and 18 points, respectively, to go along with Fields’ 14 points.

 

In Wednesday’s nightcap, Team Jimmy Jazz knocked Skull Gang from the list of undefeateds with a 64-59 victory. Skull Gang opened the game on 25-5 run and looked like it was going coast to their sixth victory of the season. Jimmy Jazz, an experienced bunch, didn’t falter and got it to within six at halftime. The game went down to the wire, with Nick Murphy (Jacksonville State ’11) hitting the dagger three-pointer for Jimmy Jazz in the final seconds. NBA D-League All-Star Tu Holloway (Xavier ’12) scored 15 points for Jimmy Jazz while Shondell Stewart (Talladega College ’15) finished with a game-high 25 points for Skull Gang.

 

Friday night, we saw arguably two of the most exciting teams in the tournament battle it out, Team Rema Rozay and The Label. Incoming Rider University freshman Dimencio Vaughn scored a game-high 24 points in the victory for Rema Rozay. His future teammate at Rider, Devine Eke (16 points) was the guy for The Label. In the end, The Label really missed Kareem Canty (Auburn ’16) and fell 76-66.

 

The final game of the week, Dominican Power vs. Brooklyn Stompers was arguably the most thrilling. Led by second-year Brooklyn Nets’ forward Chris McCullough’s 26 points, Dominican Power notched a 80-76 victory in overtime. While a majority of his points came at the charity stripe, McCullough’s biggest two points came near the end of regulation. The Bronx-product grabbed a teammates’ missed free throw and threw down an emphatic slam to send the game into overtime. Dominican Power now had the momentum heading into the extra period and got the hard-fought victory over Kinu Rochford (FDU ’13) (24 points) and the Stompers.

 

As the regular season is nearing the end, the action is only going to get more intense at the “Red Carpet of Streetball.” Stay tuned!

 

 

Author Miguel Rodriguez has extensive experience covering the Dyckman Summer League

 

 

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