Wednesday , Jun , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

EBC Day Two: Don Diva vs. Black Wall Street

It’s the second day of the streetball summer, and the sun has taken mercy on us at Rucker Park. It’s clear, windless and seventy-something degrees, making for perfect streetball conditions on this June afternoon. That, however, doesn’t correlate to perfect play on the court on this day, with both teams strolling onto the floor mere minutes before the tip and tossing up lazy jumpers, most of which miss, many of them airballing.

EBC Day Two: Don Diva vs. Black Wall Street

Come the jump-ball, both teams are similarly sloppy, combining to clank the first seven field goals of the game, the streak being broken only when Don Diva toss in a double-clutch layup to take the lead. It’s not until Big ‘Dre (Don Diva) puts down a one-handed dunk and Junie “General Electric” Sanders (Black Wall Street) matches it with a turnaround hook that the game really gets going, although Big ‘Dre’s decision to lay it up on the next play with a clear path to the basket draws a chorus of boos.

An and-one layup followed by a pair of free throws from “Garnett” of BWS causes the Don Diva’s coach to call out his team loudly enough that the whole park can hear, and they respond to his challenge, swatting the shot of “J.J.” (a.k.a. “Dy-no-mite”) into the stands and icing a triple at the other end. However, this fires them up perhaps a little too much, and they throw three ambitious passes into the crowd on the next three plays, thrice sending Black Wall Street to the line on the ensuing plays. Another and-one by J.J. and a layup off of a surprising spin move by Crabby leave Don Diva trailing the defending champs 31-18 at the half.

The second begins with Don Diva making the same mistakes as they had before the break, throwing yet another pass into the bleachers. BWS punish them with an alley-oop on the break, but DD find the bucket on their next two offences, leaving them with fifteen minutes to come back from 34-24 down. 
BWS decide to limit their opponents’ opportunities to score by slowing the play down, using at least twenty seconds of the shot clock on the following four offences. This tactic has little success, however, as Big ‘Dre abuses his defender for four free throws and a pair of jumpers in the space of five minutes, bringing his team within seven points with a little over ten minutes left in the game.

Black Wall Street come out of their timeout with renewed vigour, though, with Speedy hitting a three and a two around a layup and a free throw by Dy-no-mite. Don Diva have trouble finding the basket at the other end, and the titleholders once again stretch their lead, putting the contest beyond reach with a dunk-steal-dunk combo by “The Messenger” in the final minute. The game is called with eighteen ticks left, Black Wall Street taking it comfortably, 72-51.