Press Release: 2018 Invitational

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Queens, N.Y. -- The 2018 Gotham Hoops Invitational powered by BODYARMOR Sports Drink has selected its participants for this year's showcase. The tournament-style event features 36 top NCAA men's college basketball seniors to fans and scouts.

The 5th annual showcase will be held at Holy Cross High School in Flushing on Saturday, April 21st and provides an opportunity for graduating student-athletes to pursue professional basketball careers. Scouts from NBA and FIBA teams will be in attendance and watching live.

Tournament tips at 12:00pm with semi-finals, followed by a consolation game at 4:00pm. The Championship and All-Star Games are set for 6:00pm and 8:00pm, respectively.

Doors open at 11:00am for access to shoot-around. Tickets are $5.00 for the general public.

Committed players represent conferences such as the Big Ten, Missouri Valley, Metro Atlantic, Colonial Athletic and Ivy League, among others.

Since 2014, Invitational alumni have gone onto sign pro contracts in more than 50 leagues and 40 countries around the world.

For more information, visit the official event site: GothamHoops.com/invitational.

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Lawson Selected to All-Star Event

 Photo Courtesy: Billy Papamanuel,  Studio 15

Photo Courtesy: Billy Papamanuel, Studio 15

Gotham Hoops Classic alum AJ Lawson was recently selected to participate in this year's FIBA-NBA Basketball Without Borders. He joins fellow Canadians Tyrese Samuel of Wasatch Academy and Brewster Academy's Joel Brown in the event.

Lawson, the No. 1 ranked prospect in Canada, will look to build on the success of his previous BWB selection in July, 2015. The 6'6" guard out of GTA Prep (CAN) won the 3-Point Shootout during the Bahamas-hosted competition.

The NBA, in collaboration with FIBA, have been hosting this event during All-Star Weekend since 2011 as part of their initiative to promote the sport on an international level. In doing so, top prospects from all over the world are able to compete against each other in order to showcase the game's worldwide growth.

In recent years, Canada has quickly emerged as a world power in Basketball. A standout performance from Lawson and Co. will only further solidify Canada's status on the world stage and will undoubtedly serve as a stepping stone for Lawson and his fellow countrymen on their path to collegiate and professional stardom. 

Rookie Gettys Comes Up Big in BBL Cup

 Gettys (#34) was pivotal in Cheshire winning their first BBL Cup in 16 seasons (Photo by Nix Media Team)

Gettys (#34) was pivotal in Cheshire winning their first BBL Cup in 16 seasons (Photo by Nix Media Team)

Phoenix defeat Wolves in Cup Final.

BBL Cup Final

Worcester Wolves 88-99 Cheshire Phoenix (25-21, 40-41, 62-73)

Cheshire Phoenix made history with their first-ever BBL Cup title and first piece of silverware in over a decade as they overcame Worcester Wolves in the Final at Arena Birmingham.

Malcolm Riley was MVP with captain Orlan Jackman lifting the title for the second year in a row having won in 2017 with Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.

Leading scorers - Ojo 18, Bachynski 16, Dusha/Palmer 15 (Wolves) - Riley 26, Gettys 19, Sandoval/Falzon 12 (Phoenix)

Turning point - Wolves raced into an 8-0 lead, but Cheshire grew into the game and went into half-time with a narrow advantage. However, they turned on the style in the third with a 32-point quarter

Key stat - Both teams shot above 40% from 3-point range with Cheshire taking better care of the ball with 25 assists to 10 turnovers.

Game hero(es) - Malcolm Riley took MVP honours with an impressive display of 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists with CJ Gettys adding 19 points. Robert Sandoval had 8 assists and 5 steals to go with 12 points, while Tevin Falzon went 3 of 3 from downtown in his 12-point haul.

Box score.

2018 Gotham Hoops Classic Scores

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