Official RECAP to the 2013 Blessan
The 2013 BSC
Champions: DCZ FINEST!
Full BSC Tournament Recap
- Congrats to
DCZ FINEST who win their BSC Record 4th Championship!
The 11th Annual Blessan Samuel Classic is in the books!
Congrats to DCZ Finest on winning a BSC record 4
GAME OF THE YEAR: Brooklyn vs Toronto - BSC Opener. It's a
rare occurrence when the opening game of a tournament turns out to be the game
of the year but this matchup of last year's championship turned out to be that
way. The game went to Overtime and Toronto showed they were here to stay.
Shout outs: I
want to take this time to shout out the following people. Without their
help, this event could not have happened. Jenet Poopalan, Andrew Samkutty, Crystal George, Charles
Thomas, Calvin Thomas, Binu Varughese,
Vinod Varghese, Ajith Kumar, Michael George, Melvin George, Emmanuel Gratz,
Mathew Baldwin, Josiah Harris, Les John, Greg Smith, Godwin
Gabriel. To anyone I missed, many thanks for you're support.
2013 BSC Tournament MVP: David Kadiri
2013 BSC Joe Rosado 3-Pt Champion:
2013 BSC Fan Challenge Winner:
2013 BSC All-Stars:
(PG): Abel Abraham - Strong Island
(SG): Jabbar Williams -
(C): David Kadiri - DC (SF):
Vincent Ventolora -
(PF): Jordan Burnette - Brooklyn
2nd Team (PG): Teddy Owusu -Gburg (SG):
Terrill George - Toronto (C): Andrew Aye - Toronto (SF):
Shane Thuraisingham - Toronto (PF): Vinil Abraham - Philly
Special thanks to Justin George
of the Toronto Archangels for writing up the following team by team breakdowns
Final 2013 BSC Power Rankings
more can be said? They are the four-time champs; a feat that has never been
accomplished by any other team in BSC history. Missing a solid big man last year
definitely hurt them, but with the return of David Kadiri aka Big Baby, that
inside presence was felt by every team. With Jarvis leading his troops and Alvin
and Justin dropping those timely threes, it all came together for them. Going
undefeated and winning their fourth championship makes them a dynasty. The team
to stop them from getting their fifth in 2014 is still up in the air.
The Ballaz continue
to be slept on and they continue to give teams a rude awakening. Though they are
the oldest team in the tournament, their chemistry and basketball IQ are the
reasons why they win! The addition of all-star, Vinil Abraham, improved their
perimeter game. They simply outsmarted the more athletic Archangels in the semis
to reach the finals where they eventually lost to DC. While their days seem
numbered, something tells me they are not looking to slow down to get that
All Star (2nd Team):
Another strong year from this talented team! They were the
only team that made DC work for their win with a mere three-point loss to the
eventual champs in the regular season. With a 2012 finals appearance, many
thought this team would make it to the finals again, but Philly had other plans.
While it was a disappointing year for them, they produced three all stars in
Terrill, Shane, and Andrew. Terrill provided the crowd with an epic three-point
competition by dethroning Justin Thomas for the title. Hopefully with a healthy
return of their floor general, Shannon, they will make 2014 a memorable
All Star (2nd team):
Andrew Aye All Star
(2nd team): Terrill George 3-Point Champion:
a tough overtime loss to Toronto at commencement of the
tournament, Brooklyn looked determined to bounce back.
The lack of a bench the first day may have made them
struggle but their all stars, Vincent, Jabbar, and
Jordan, shined bright. With a strong showing versus
Strong Island in the playoffs, they looked to ride that
momentum against DC, but ran into trouble from start of
the semifinals. Still, last year’s champs cannot be
slept on! Look for them to come out stronger than ever
Williams All Star:Jordan Burnette All Star: Vincent Ventolora
After a three-year hiatus, the return of this
team with a totally revamped roster impressed many. They
were in every game and even won the battle of New York
against last year’s champs in the regular season. Led by
their all-star point guard, Abel Abraham, solid shooting
from the perimeter, and scrappy defense, their games
were exciting to watch. The upside of this team is
scary. All you veteran teams, watch your back for the
Stunnaz have truly returned!
inconsistency bug continues to plague this team. With the return of Owusu brothers at full health and a strong roster, many
thought that this team would do some serious damage. Regardless of their
showing, the individual highlight of Teddy’s all-star selection proved that his
point guard abilities led the team in most of the games.
All Star (2nd team):
Congrats to the
Legends for their first win in team history. Improvement was definitely seen
this year especially in Calvin Thomas and David Singh. They have a very young
squad that has plenty of potential to grow into a strong team. Keep practicing
Much respect is
due to this team for not only making it out for the first time ever but also
taking the long, long trip from up North. They had some close games but alas,
their lack of bench depth hurt them. With the addition of a few more solid
pieces next year, this team can make some noise.
- Justin George
2014 BSC - First
As the BSC enters year
number 12, DC is clearly the team to beat, however Toronto is biting right at
their heels. Philly has proven that they aren't going anywhere, and Brooklyn,
Strong Island, Gburg, Lanham and Montreal will be looking to take their game to
the next level! Can't wait to see you there!
Congratulations to the new team Bump It Up, who captured the trophy in their
very first year!! Congrats to its team captain Emiliano Galeano on winning the
MVP trophy as well.
Strong performances from True North who came all
the way from Canada and pushed the eventual champions into a 3rd set victory.
Special thanks to iSpike, Empire Spikes Back and All 4 One on valiant efforts.
Looking forward to seeing you all in 2014!
Saturday - Blessan Samuel Classic
10:30 AM - Philly Ballaz vs Lanham Legends (Battle of the Universe)
11:15 AM -
Brooklyn vs Strong Island (Battle of New York)
12:00 PM - DCZ Finest vs Gburg BULLDAWGs (Battle of the DMV)
12:45 PM - Toronto Archangels vs Montreal Kings (Battle of
1:30 PM - 2:10PM (3-Point Contest/Tie Breaker Game - If
2:10 PM - 6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM (Fan Challenge/3-Point Final)
7:15 PM - 8:15PM (CHAMPIONSHIP)
8:15 PM (CHAMPIONSHIP
& All Star Trophy Presentation)
Bohrer Park Rec Center
South Frederick Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
look forward to seeing you all there!
official people. August 16 & 17, 2013, that's a
Friday/Saturday, are the official dates for the
11th Annual Blessan
Samuel Classic & the 6th Annual IPF Volleyball Classic.
Location: Bohrer Park Recreation Center, Gaithersburg, MD.
We'll post the exact times at a later date. Please make a
note of this, and take time off accordingly. As we always
do, we're getting this information out:
Over 5 months
Volleyball Teams, if you're interested in registering a team for
this year's event: e-mail us at
Mark those calendars, and we look
forward to seeing you there, as we honor the memory of our
brother, Blessan Samuel, who we lost, 10 years ago.
IPF's Official YouTube Channel
- 2012 BSC Footage!
Folks, just a reminder that we will be releasing the game footage from the 2012
BSC over the next few months leading up to the 2013 BSC in August. You can find
them at the below link, please like and subscribe!
For our loyal fans out there, you might be wondering what's next for IPF.
Well we're working on the sequel to our parody infomercial clip that we released
in 2011 (see the trailer and official clip below). ster-IODs: The Movie will be an adventure and I
guarantee you, it will be worth the wait.