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Monday, March 13, 2017 - Chung Lao

Friday & Saturday, August 11 & 12, 2017 - IPF SPORTS TOURNAMENT DATES SET!  (15th Annual Blessan Samuel Classic & 10th Annual IPF Volleyball Classic)


A.  It's not often that a MILESTONE year happens. 2017 is one of those years.  August 11 & 12, 2017, that's a Friday/Saturday, are the official dates for the 15th Annual Blessan Samuel Classic & the 10th Annual IPF Volleyball Classic. 15 years of the BSC and 10 years of the IPF-VBC are significant markers for us. We will have some special things planned along with some giveaways for all of our players and fans in attendance!

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:

Almost 5 months in advance!

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!

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Saturday, September 3, 2016 - Chung Lao

Official RECAP to the 201Blessan Samuel Classic


2500 pictures have been added from the 2016 BSC/2016 IPF-VBC.

...has been updated!

The 2016 BSC Champions: Brooklyn!

Full BSC Tournament Recap - Congrats to Brooklyn on winning their second BSC Championship!

The 14th Annual Blessan Samuel Classic is in the books and it was the year of Brooklyn!

GAME OF THE YEAR: Toronto vs Baltimore - PLAYOFFS. Baltimore had its moments in this game to win it, but in a close game, poise makes all the difference and Baltimore committed an error that allowed Toronto to even the game, and for last year's MVP, Andrew Aye to hit the game winning shot, at the buzzer. EPIC.

Shout outs:  I want to take this time to shout out the following people.  Without their help, this event could not have happened.  Becky Kurikeshu, Justin George, Jenet Poopalan, Justus Alexander, Crystal George, Charles Thomas, Calvin Thomas, Robin Thomas, Justin Varghese, Serin Alexander, Neena Paul, Joshua Thomas, Godwin Gabriel, Glen Gabriel, Joshua Kurikeshu.  To anyone I missed, many thanks for your support.

2016 BSC Tournament MVP: Jabar Williams

2016 BSC Joe Rosado 3-Pt Champion: Daniel Oomman

2016 BSC Fan Challenge Winner: Isaac Burnette

2016 BSC All-Stars:

1st Team
(PG): Jordan Burnette - Brooklyn
(SG): Jabar Williams - Brooklyn
(C): Joseph Joshua - Strong Island
(SF): Andrew Aye - Toronto
(PF): Joshua Burnette -

2nd Team
(PG): Steven Camille - Toronto
(SG): Teddy Owusu - Baltimore
(C): Marc Camille - Toronto
(SF): Vincent Ventolora - Brooklyn
(PF): Ricky Roy - Philly



The following recap was written by Justin George/Chris George.

  Final 2016 BSC Power Rankings


Brooklyn: Your new champs aren’t new to the championship scene after winning it back in 2012 versus the TO Archangels. With only 6 players for the whole tournament, their athleticism and ability to knock down the long ball were in full display. When Brooklyn’s running on all cylinders and gels as a team, there really isn’t a squad that can beat them. Jabar, the leading scorer of the tournament, stepped up with his clutch shooting, ability to attack the rack, and countless defensive stops. He also won shooting guard all-star, MVP of the Finals, and the Finals trophy. Not too shabby. This team is a proven champion and a dangerous squad for any opponent for years to come.


Toronto: Another solid year for the team from Up North. Since 2012, they have always been a team in contention to win it all before finally winning a chip last year. Most improved player definitely has to go to Marcus whose athleticism is a constant but this year his game went another level with an improved 3 ball. As a tenth grader, their point guard, Steven Camille, continues to makes strides with a floater added to his arsenal and an improved composure. That’s right folks; he’s still in high school. He’ll be a great player for years to come. It’s safe to say this unit will be back with a renewed motivation after suffering a tough one point loss to the eventual champs.


Baltimore: A new team name, a new era for the Bullets. This team is a regular to the semis and just needs that one extra gear to get to the finals. With the solid play of Teddy (second leading scorer in the tourney), Jonathan, and their big man down low, they have the right pieces to get it done.  At this point, their desire to take the next step has to show on the court more than just the potential they have as a good team on paper. Now its matter of their game play. The finals is calling your name fellas, get it done!


Philly: Veteran team that seemed to have the whole “City of Brotherly Love” on their bench. It was awesome to see the young talent that can be cultivated in this organization, but they just need to be given more playing time. Solid play from their vets, Ricky, a second team all-star, Rocky, and Vinil. As soon as you count them out, they just come back at you stronger and smarter. They gave the Archangels a run for their money in the semis. They’ll be back next year without a doubt.

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DC: DC didn’t have David Kadiri or their usual killer mentality.  With their five rings sitting at home, a sense of complacency was felt this year. They just didn’t seem into it mentally or physically. Alvin was the tournament’s third leading scorer with his timely bombs from behind the arc but not much else can be said. Hopefully, if their beast down low returns next year along with some key pieces, they’ll be right back in the conversation as championship contenders.


Strong Island: Their record doesn’t do justice as to how well they competed in each game. Joseph Joshua, nicknamed JoJo, was a solid pickup and the eventual first team all-star for the center position. Danny Oomman brought back the hardware for SI in the 3-point competition dethroning the King, Justin Thomas. Still a young squad that has the potential to do big things in the future.


Lanham: One of my personal favorite teams that I root for every year. This is what this tourney’s all about – encouraging the younger generation to take up the mantle of the legends that have gone before us in this tournament. The long awaited debut of Joshua “Joshie” Thomas was not a disappointment. After conquering the Free Throw Fan Challenge, he deemed it necessary to become one of the new faces and future stars of a youthful Legends team. Keep working at your game, guys. There’s always next year!

2017 BSC First Look: Next year will be a special year as the BSC hits its 15th year of existence. We will have something special planned to commemorate this milestone. Can Brooklyn join the ranks of the 3 time champion club? Can Toronto achieve redemption? Will DC return to its championship glory? Will a sleeper team step up and surprise us all? Look forward to seeing you!!

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Saturday, September 3, 2016 - Chung Lao

2016 IPF Volleyball Classic Recap

A.  The 9th Annual IPF Volleyball Classic is in the books! It was a great year overall. The competition level continues to improve from a year to year standpoint. Snorlax, captured their first ever title!


Led by team captain Hojin Choe, this team dominated the field.

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