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team had to play a 4 game regular season before the playoffs.
There were 2 conferences. Each conference had 3 teams, and the 2
teams with the best records in each conference would advance to
the playoffs. The winner would advance to the final.
Finest went 4-0 in the regular season (advanced),
sweeping Newark AND Philly
(we played these teams twice). Newark
had an 0-4 record (eliminated). Philly had a 2-2 record
Island went 2-2 in the regular season (advanced). Brooklyn
went 2-2 (advanced), and Yonkers
went 2-2 (eliminated). Brooklyn
and Yonkers played a 5 minute tie
breaker in which Brooklyn came
out on top.
one team advances in playoff games, so the tension on the court
for the DCZ Finest vs Philly
showdown was palpable. DCZ Finest
started out with solid shooting/rebounding. But as Philly
showed throughout its run to the championship, you always
keeping fighting back. Philly got clutch shooting from
its PF Binu. Philly didn't beat us by much, but in the
end, all that matters is the scoreboard. Final Score: 34-32, Philly
advances to the final.
Strong Island vs Brooklyn
game was a battle for NY supremacy. Strong
Island, in the end was just too much. But Brooklyn did put up a fight.
They were even up by 4 pts at one stretch, but in the end, Brooklyn fell. To most observers, Strong
Island looked like they were going to take home the
then there were 2. Strong Island vs
Philly. Strong Island
immediately came out with solid shooting and built a healthy
lead. Philly came storming back though, and by halftime Philly
was up. The second half was packed with tension as Strong
Island began to realize that the loser goes home.
Players/Coaches were yelling from the sidelines for Strong
Island to step it up, but to no avail. This was Philly's
year. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...its over. Final Score: 43-33, Philly
takes the championship.
my opinion, Philly was better conditioned, and therefore
better prepared for this tourney. They outhustled everyone in
the playoffs and had excellent shooting. They were also an
underdog, which is always great motivation. DCZ
Finest should of won, but that is moot. Full props to Philly,
they won it clean. Next year though, better watch your backs.
We're going to come packing everything we've got...