10th Annual NYC Mayor's Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Print
Written by Peter Quartuccio   


NEPVA Celtics Finish On Top for the Second Consecutive Year


BRONX, NYThey faced long odds and a strong field, but the NEPVA Celtics extended their reign as champs, beating the Connecticut Spokebenders in the Championship Game at the 10th Annual Mayor’s Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at Manhattan College.  They finished first in a field of ten teams, eight of which stood in the way of a Celtics’ repeat (the New York Rollin’ Knicks participated, but due to their decision to become a Class 3 team, they are in a probationary year and are thus ineligible to play in title games; the Junior National Team from Canada participated as well, trouncing all of the teams they faced, but they were not eligible to play for the championship).  The Celtics proved to be the class of the event by beating all the opponents they faced, including convincing victories over the Bay State Clippers and Connecticut Spokebenders on the final day of competition.


            The Connecticut Spokebenders, the Bulova Nets, and the Bay State Clippers, who featured former Celtic and last year’s Mayor’s Cup Most Valuable Player Omar Benitez, represented the largest obstacles in the Celtics’ quest for another title.  Not surprisingly, all four teams found themselves competing in the playoffs on the final day of competition.  The Celtics bested the Clippers in the first matchup, and the Spokebenders took out the Nets in the second game, setting up a Connecticut-NEPVA final. The Spokebenders fought hard, aided in large part to the play of this year’s Mayor’s Cup MVP Josh Levine, but they ultimately fell to the Celtics, 46-27.  Though it was a well-rounded effort by the champions, Steven Davis was a stand-out performer, and was acknowledged as such by being named to the 2010 Mayor’s Cup All-Tournament team.  Despite the best efforts of All-Tournament center Steve Yedlock and star guard Paul Ward, the Bulova Nets stumbled in the second half of their Consolation game against the Clippers, missing easy shots and committing costly turnovers.  In the end, Bay State and their All-Tournament forward Omar Benitez made the Nets pay for their ill-timed errors, eking out a 52-43 win.

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 October 2010 05:03