Aug 12-13 Schedule of Events
Every team played a total of 5 regular season games at the 2016 BSC
with the exception of Toronto, which played 6 games. The
top 6 teams with the
best records advanced to the playoffs.
for a more complete recap. The teams
shaded in orange
are the winning teams.
August 12, 2016
Regular Season Games:
Baltimore 36 Strong
Philly 26 Lanham
Strong Island 23
A. Baltimore 30
Philly 28 Strong
Strong Island 17 B.
Brooklyn 54 Philly
A. Baltimore 26
Toronto 38 Lanham 27
August 13, 2016
Regular Season Games:
Toronto 23 Philly
Season Standings (Final)
(1) Toronto: 6-0
(2) Baltimore 3-2 ***
(5) DC: 2-3
(6) Strong Island: 1-4
(7) Lanham 0-5
*** - Advanced to playoffs
e - Eliminated from contention.
August 13, 2016
Playoffs - 1st Round
Game 1: (3) vs (6)
Strong Island 31
Game 2: (4) vs (5)
Philly 34 DC
Playoffs - 2nd Round
Game 3: (1) vs (4)
Toronto 42 Philly
Game 4: (3) vs (2)
A. Brooklyn 44
Brooklyn 35 Toronto
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Official RECAP to the 2016 Blessan
The 2016 BSC Champions: Brooklyn!
Full BSC Tournament Recap -
Congrats to Brooklyn
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.
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
(PG): Jordan Burnette - Brooklyn
(SG): Jabar Williams - Brooklyn
(C): Joseph Joshua - Strong Island
Andrew Aye - Toronto
(PF): Joshua Burnette -
(PG): Steven Camille - Toronto
(SG): Teddy Owusu - Baltimore
(C): Marc Camille - Toronto
Vincent Ventolora - Brooklyn
(PF): Ricky Roy - Philly
The following recap was written by Justin
2016 BSC Power Rankings
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!