In a special 5-on-5 exhibition game, the Full Court 21™ All-Stars defeated the Billiken Suns of Osaka, Japan who played their hearts out but met tough D from the NYC crew.
Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love a.k.a. “The Table Setter” took the supreme PG role and handed out 10 assists to lead all players.
Jack “Blackjack” Ryan a.k.a. “Mr. West 4th” spun his way out of hands in his face to lead all scorers with 25. Ryan is 54 years old and showed he is a true playground legend with his performance!
The vibe at Booker T. Washington Playground was super positive. There was nothing but respect and love between the international connection of players.
Regular Full Court 21™ games resumed after the exhibition and featured Booker T. Washington Playground product Zakiry Matias a.k.a. “The Beard of Booker T” who came out on fire on his the court he grew up on.
"Hungry" Hector Navarro, the 2013 Full Court 21™ regular season MVP, returned to dominate and won in the first round to advance to the qualifier.
Chiené Jones a.ka. “The Scorekeeper” (Jones actually is part of the Full Court 21™ staff and manages the score table) suited up and won the women’s division qualifier and will play in the ladies championship Tuesday, August 26th 6pm.
In the last first round game of the night, Jack Ryan and the Billiken Suns’ Yohei Noguchi were tied with point game, which resulted in a 3-point shoot out to determine who would advance to the next round. Ryan, the 2005 ESPN City Slam National 3-Point Champion, surprised everyone by missing his first attempt …
The entire park, especially the visiting Japanese players, erupted when Yohei nailed his shot to advance!
In the qualifier to determine who would advance to the mens championship, “Hungry” Hec remained undefeated in the regular season for a second consecutive summer. Because of a non-profit commitment with the Young Vets organization, his spot will be replaced by the 8/19 runner-up Jeff Leider a.k.a. “The Juicer” who has played so hard in all games he is well deserving of a chance to win the title.
Make it down to Booker T. Washington Playground on 108th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenue this Tuesday, August 26th at 6pm to experience announcer Bobbito Garcia call the most unique tournament in the world. The 2014 Full Court 21™ Championship is powered by Kiswe who will live stream the game worldwide. Download the app here.
Full Court 21™ is officially sponsored by the New York Knicks and made possible with the support of SLAM Magazine, Shirts & Skins, and Bball Junkies. The official game ball is provided by Tachikara Japan x Doin’ It In The Park.
All photos by Jonathan Lopez