(INWOOD, NEW YORK CITY) – Week 8 of the Dyckman Basketball Tournament brought us the game of the summer so far.
Rodney Park just barely avoided losing two in a row, when they beat the defending champion Skull Gang, 85-84 on a Miguel (Miles High) Milien three-pointer at the buzzer. Rodney Park’s Malik Boothe (St. John’s ’11) and Skull Gang’s Jordan Theodore (Seton Hall ’12) battled all night, finishing with 25 and 32 points respectively. The two even traded go-ahead three-pointers in the final moments before Milien’s game-winner. With the win, Rodney Park clinched the top seed in their division heading into the playoffs.
Brooklyn Stompers, the last remaining unbeaten team is no longer unbeaten. After handling business against Team 914, 64-60 on Monday night, they fell to Team Flipstar/R2K on Thursday night. Brian Laing (Seton Hall ’08) led the way with 16 points for Flipstar/R2K.
Da Young Ones continue to struggle in late game situations, this time falling to Heavy Reign 65-62 after they couldn’t convert on the inbound play with two seconds remaining.
Showstoppers/TMT got the best of Home Base Ent., in what was a big time Harlem rivalry game. Gelvis Solano (Merrimack College) was hot from the perimeter, draining six three-pointers in the game. Showstoppers somehow managed to neutralize Home Base’s top dog, Steven “Abby” Ruple, keeping him under the 20-point mark for the first this season.
Lastly, in another great game this past week, Dominican Power defeated 84th Street 71-68 in an overtime thriller. Led by Mike Alvarado (Manhattan College ’14) and street ball veteran “Baby Shaq”, Dominican Power was able to earn the victory and head into the postseason on a positive note.
The Dyckman Basketball Tournament’s playoffs start Wednesday August 12. With the open-roster rule in effect until the championship game, every team is a phone call away from shaking things up.
Author Miguel Rodriguez has extensive experience covering the Dyckman Summer League