Each of the 45 teams in the league were broken up into four age divisions and played a nine-game season beginning the first week of May, followed by a single elimination playoff that began June 20.
Eight teams competed in the championship evening in front of a crowd of 350 spectators.
The league began in 1988 as the Reiff Park Sports League. Following the tragic events of 9/11 and two of the league’s coaches perished at Ground Zero, the league changed its name to Heroes to honor Pat Waters and Ken Phelan, the two who died that day.
The 5:45 games had the 17 & Under division match-up which featured Galasso Trucking against Tune Squad.
Tune Squad 53
Galasso Trucking 40
It was a back-and-forth game throughout the first three quarters until Tune Squad slowly built up a ten-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. They hung on to the lead through the final buzzer.
The high scorers for Tune Squad were Cory Madden with 26 points and Joe DiBenedetto with 15. The high scorers for Galasso Trucking were Matthew Henry with 15 points and Charles Brown with 14.
Although it was a close game the entire time, Tune Squad maintained a slight advantage with their relentless fast breaks in the third quarter. Liam Dalton dazzled the crowd with a couple of fast break no-look passes on way to his game-high eight assists for Tune Squad.
The second game had the 12 & Under division finals with In the Zone, who upset Hoop Dreams in the semifinals, facing off against the Phil Favata-coached squad Guess Who, who blew by Queens Elite in their semifinal game a week earlier. Favata was coaching in his fifth Heroes Championship game over the past 20 years.
Guess Who 62
In the Zone 19
Owen Cole got Guess Who off to a great start, hitting two three-pointers in the first three minutes on route to his game high 17 points to set the tone for the game. Guess Who shocked the house, going out to a 14-0 lead and never looking back.
Sebastian Santos had 11 points for Guess Who. The high scorers for In the Zone were Michael Presavelis with six points and Jessie Killian with five. With a great effort at both ends of the court from Guess Who, they dominated the game from the start.
George Mejiu also contributed in the winning effort with great defense. “I don’t know what came over these guys tonight,” said Favata, “but whatever they ate tonight, they should eat it again.”
The 7:45 game was the 10 & Under game featuring Immaculate Heart of Mary from Brooklyn against Pro Met from Middle Village.
Immaculate Heart of Mary 45
ProMet Physical Therapy 15
Immaculate Heart of Mary saved the best for their last game as they took care of business in the 6:45 game Wednesday night.
Nicholas Rodriguez and Jaydin Sanchez put on a show for the folks in the stands as they out-ran and put on a fast-break clinic for IHM throughout the game.
The high scorers for IHM were Rodriguez with 14 points and Hustle Award winner Sanchez with 13. The high scorers for ProMet P.T. were Kuba Cwalina with five points and Matt Barbas with four. With great defense and crisp fast breaks, IHM held the lead for the entire game. Aydan Torres contributed in the winning effort four steals for IHM.
The final game of the championship schedule was the 14 & Under at 9 p.m. It featured BCAC against Kingsbay.
BCAC Shamrocks 31
In what was a close game at halftime, Kingsbay upped their defensive intensity and allowed the Shamrocks to score just six points in the third quarter. The press vaulted Kingsbay to a victory in the final game of the evening.
The high scorers for Kingsbay were Femi Odukale with 14 points and Clinton Kinyeti with 11. The high scorers for BCAC Shamrocks were Ian Thurlow with 10 points and Michael Lynch with nine. Anthony Kelly contributed to the winning effort with great defense.