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2013 New York Ave Tournament Results

2013 New York Ave Tournament Results

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2013 CHAMPIONS:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION #1
1st Place – Bowie Believers
Runner Up – Southern Maryland Heat (4)
 
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION #2
1st Place – Trojans
Runner Up – Southern Maryland Heat (5)
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHOOL DIVISION
1st Place – Team Fat Mark
Runner Up – Young Prospects
 
JV SCHOOL DIVISION
1st Place – BMO Fly All-Stars
Runner Up – SST
 
VARSITY SCHOOL DIVISION
1st Place – Team Showtime
Runner Up – UpTop Ballerz
 
COLLEGE DIVISION
1st Place – Eastside
Runner Up – Young Gunners

Metroball’s 2012 New York Ave Classic – 12 years strong!

Metroball’s 2012 New York Ave Classic – 12 years strong!

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It’s finally here!! After so so much struggling, delays, and hard work, the 12th Annual New York Ave Classic Streetball Tournament will kick-off this Saturday, June 23rd!!

This event has become a staple in Washington DC. You get a really good look at the the great talented youth that the DMV has to offer. They are all on display here every Saturday for your enjoyment. There is no other place like it in the city!!

Each year this tournament seems to grow and grow!! This year we have a record number of teams and youth. Because of the demand and the amount of youth, we added two divisions this year. We have two 13u divisions (A & B) and we added a College Division. We are really excited about the College division. 12 years ago when we started this tournament, the majority of the youth in the neighborhood didn’t even have the word “College” on their minds. They were only living day to day. Now we are prod to say that many of the youths not only graduated High School (which is a great accomplishment in DC with a 50% dropout rate), they actually continued their education in college. Many of them have come through the Metroball AAU and mentoring program which helped 8 youths this year sign full scholarships to play basketball in college for the fall.

Metroball founders, Terrance Judge & Kevin Jones, started this totally FREE event in 2000 to promote a sense of community awareness, prevent the youth from violent behavior, and deter crime in the area.

As with last year, Metroball offers internships and community service hours for volunteers. We are also working with the DC Department of Employment Services to offer Youth Summer Jobs as part of our staff. The major part being the Sports Journalism Program where youth write stories on the games, conduct interviews, take pictures, and record video. Keep checking back for the youth articles that will be posted on our web site each week.

This tournament is provided free of charge and is funded by donations. All donations are used directly for the youth. If you would like to support us and the youth of DC by making a donation, you may do so through Pay Pal (metroballdc@yahoo.com), direct mail, or simply contacting us.

We encourage all to come out and witness a youth community in motion!!

National Night Out Tournament Games

National Night Out Tournament Games

Articles written by John Devaughn

On Tuesday, August, 2nd 2011 Metroball hosted tournamnet games to help the Mayor and MPD celebrate National Night out. These were our first night games of the season and they proved to be some of the best games of the season.

The Mayor stood us up but we still had a nice crowd and a good time!! The dunk contest was fun and the games were good!! We all came together as a neighborhood and it was like a family picnic!! Finally, after 11 years of the New York Ave. Tournament, it’s truly a community event that belongs to everyone that participates. The youth are the ones that make this event what it’s supposed to be. Metroball has love for all of you!!

Then came the games…

CCA Ballers faced off against Team Elite in our 12 and under show off. In the first half both teams played hard and hustled even harder. Low scoring in the first half lead to a 12-5 score at the half with Team Elite in the lead. Team Elite’s number 4 had big defensive stops in the 1st half but many more in the 2nd. Both teams were rushing shots and started to look fatigued and very sloppy. Team Elite held on to the lead with fewer than 3 minutes left to play in the game, but CCA Ballers didn’t give up any easy points. CCA Ballers eventually fell to Team Elite 23-17 and Team Elite earned 6 points for their win.

Tylerhouse 12 and under team defeated The Trojans in a high energy game. Back to back scoring in the 1st half caused a close scoring game with Tylerhouse leading by 7 points at the half, 18-11. They continued to run up the points in the 2nd half, while the Trojans began to look sloppy and in desperate need of a momentum change. Tylerhouse was up by 10 with less than 4 minutes left to play in the game, 29-19. The Trojans seized opportunities to steal the ball and change the game but could not capitalize with scoring on the other end. The final was 31-21 and Tylerhouse gained 10 points for their win.

UpTop Ballers met Tyler House on the blacktop in a very close 14-Under game where neither team wasn’t trying to give up any easy points. Back to back mistakes from both teams made a low scoring 1st half; TylerHouse 16 and UpTop Ballers 15. Both teams continued to give their all in the 2nd half and put points on the board. TylerHouse took their biggest lead of the game at 33-27 with less than 3 minutes in regulation, but UpTop Ballers came back to tie the game at 35 with under a minute left to play. Behind excellent play from D’Vonte Kay UpTop Ballers won by two points with the score 37-35 and they earned 2 points for their win.

Tyler House won against Metro Ball DC in a high energy and long awaited 16 and under game. Both teams came on to the court playing hard and taking strong shots. This made a very close and intense game, Tyler House began to take a lead with a 7-2 run leaving the score 15-6. They put the pressure on this undefeated Metroball DC team and didn’t stop!! Strong play from Demetrius with several steals, constant scoring from Rontrez, and strong blocks and rebounds from Brian showed that Tylerhouse wanted to defend their number 1 ranking. TylerHouse was up by 18 at the half, 10-28. Metroball DC showed that just because you’re down doesn’t mean you’re out. Hershell Grant began to constantly drive through the Tylerhouse defense and attack the rim with strong takes to the basket leading Metroball DC on a 7-0 run. They tried to get back in the game utilizing the big man, Maxie, in the paint. They played hard but they couldn’t close the scoring gap, they were still down by 10. The final score was 56-44 and TylerHouse gained 12 points for their win plus bragging rights for another week. This gave Metroball DC their first loss of the season and most likely cost them a chance at the number 1 seed in the playoffs next week.