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.
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.
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.