For the past 24 years, NY Metropolitan AAU Boys Basketball has hosted Championships Monday on Memorial Day. We use this day to both honor our military veterans as well as the AAU Basketball here in New York. This year, we experienced the most successful event ever. Attendance was tremendous as Island Garden was packed all day and into the evening. Games started promptly at 9:00 AM and continued until 7:30 PM. The excitement easily compared or exceeded any other sports event. The talent and team play were amazing. Probably more important than all else was the camaraderie that existed among the literally hundreds of players, parents, coaches, referees and spectators. There were no incidents of poor sportsmanship and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
AAU also honored the military heroes whom were to remembered on this day. We will be making a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project today in honor of those veterans who gave so much so that we could enjoy a day like Championship Monday.
We here at Island Garden love having everyone come out and share this special day with us. It is our intention to continue this celebration of basketball and honoring of our veterans for many years to come. Thank you to everyone who joined us on Memorial Day.
Here are the results. We hope to have many of these teams represent New York Metropolitan represent us at the AAU National Championships this summer.
COURT 1 – 9U DIV II – RIVERSIDE HAWKS DEFEATED RISING STARS 37-30
COURT 2 – 13U DIV I – RENS OVER RIVERSIDE HAWKS 69-66
COURT 3 – 12U DIV II – HEAT ELITE DEFEATED BROOKLYN EXCEL 46-43
COURT 1 – 10U DIV I – GAUCHOS OVER RISING STARS 44-33
COURT 2 – 11U DIV I – RIVERSIDE HAWKS OUTLASTED IVY LIONS 60-51
COURT 3 – 11U DIV III – LIGHTNING DEFEATED STATEN ISLAND FINEST 31-21
COURT 1 – 10TH GRADE DIV I – CASTLE ATHLETICS EDGED CROWN BASKETBALL 67-66
COURT 2 – 10U DIV II – RIVERSIDE HAWKS DEFEATED LIGHTNING 45-23
COURT 3 – 14U DIV II – RISING STARS WILLIAMS SILVER OVER VS CASTLE ATHLETICS BY THE SCORE OF 43-29
COURT 1 – 9TH GRADE DIV I – HEAT ELITE DEFEATED CASTLE ATHLETICS 51-42
COURT 2 – 11U DIV II – RIVERSIDE HAWKS DOWNED MILLBANK FLYERS 62-27
COURT 3 – 10U DIV III – NYC ALMIGHTY FORCE OVER LIGHTNING 28-24
COURT 1 – 13U DIV II – BINGO’S ALL STARS OVER GAUCHOS 35-15
COURT 2 – 10TH GRADE DIV II – SI SHARKS DEFEATED QUEENS PYTHONS 61-56
COURT 3 – 12U DIV I – GAUCHOS OVER BLACK OPS 4-45
COURT 1 – 7TH GRADE – RIVERSIDE HAWKS DEFEATED HEAT ELITE 64-59
COURT 2 – 9TH GRADE DIV II – STATEN ISLAND PYTHONS SURPRISED HEAT ELITE 55-44
COURT 3 – 8U DIV I – RIVERSIDE HAWKS WERE INCREDIBLY IMPRESSIVE IN THEIR 57-39 VICTORY OVER THE GAUCHOS ( POINT TOTALS FOR 8U TEAMS!!!!)
COURT 1 – 11TH GRADE DIV II – LIGHTNING EDGED GAME 7 ELITE 62-60
COURT 2 – 10TH GRADE DIV III – LI LIGHTNING BLUE OVER LIGHTNING GOLD 54-53 IN GAME THAT BOTH TEAMS WERE COACHED BY JASON HELGUERO
COURT 3 – 6TH GRADE – GAUCHOS DEFEATED RISING STARS 60-42
COURT 1 – 9U DIV I – GAUCHOS DEFEATED RIVERSIDE HAWKS 54-46
COURT 2 – 8TH GRADE – HEAT ELITE OVER RISING STARS 59-36
COURT 3 – 14U DIV I – GAUCHOS DEFEATED RIVERSIDE HAWKS 52-41
One last story of the day– Two people who have done so much for AAU in New York and have been there from the beginning are Rosemary Nies of Lightning and Dwayne Mitchell of the Gauchos. They are great friends and both truly represent loyalty to the AAU and youth basketball.