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.
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.
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.
– CYE in NYC