Tuesday , Jul , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

EBC Day Nine: Black Wall Street vs. Pelle Pelle Posse

Week three of the 2006 EBC season kicks off with a pair of great games, the first of this muggy Monday evening being a showdown between reigning champs Black Wall Street and unproven challengers the Pelle Pelle Posse.

The game tips off late to a decent crowd, and it’s clear that the two teams are anxious to get things going, rushing poor shots early in the game before settling down at the fifteen-minute mark with the score tied at five. Tough defence from both sides keep the points down, but Black Wall Street’s “Garnett” is nonetheless able to find space in the paint for a thunderous put-back of an airball that signals the real start of the game. He and teammate Sean carry their squad in the early going, combining for three dunks and countless rebounds at a time when BWS are unable to contain the Posse on defence, conceding consecutive jumpers that tie the game at thirteen.

EBC Day Nine: Black Wall Street vs. Pelle Pelle Posse

The quick hands of their point guard, Mookie, help them snap the tie, with two of his steals turning into fastbreak layups. While BWS throw away two passes within thirty seconds, they manage to maintain a lead by fighting inside to make it to the charity stripe, where five makes in six attempts give them a 25-17 lead with six minutes left in the half. 

Following a timeout, PPP begin to feed the ball into the high post, scoring easy points when Black Wall Street allow them the mid-range jumpers that hadn’t been falling for them earlier in the game. However, Garnett asserts his control on the game once more, finishing the half with a massive and-one baseline slam that puts his team up 36-28 going into the half.

The Posse come out of the break with renewed focus, breaking down the BWS defence with short jumpers and layups that bring them within two points before Garnett again steps up, battling in the key and drawing fouls on virtually every other play. Notching an assist and an old-fashioned three-point play around a bucket by Pelle Pelle’s “The Humble One”, Garnett’s contributions make it an eleven-point game with less than ten minutes to go.
However, PPP respond with an and-one alley-oop play that reawakens both the crowd and their hopes of winning, which they quickly add to with two free throws that cut their deficit to five. BWS pull away on the strength of Garnett’s interior dominance, only for Pelle Pelle to again bring themselves within striking distance when they call time with 1:18 to go. 

Black Wall Street are able to repeatedly get the ball into the hands of point guard “Speedy”, who calmly knocks down four free throws in the final seventy seconds to maintain the lead. A wide-open alley-oop on a last-second fastbreak makes it 80-72, and that’s where the game ends, Black Wall Street remaining undefeated since they first played in the EBC.