Los Angeles Player Imani Mackie dunks over New York Player Samuel Wallace during Game 2 of the People’s Games in Union Square. Photo by Michael Doven
The People’s Games inaugural basketball series came to a close with Los Angeles taking the game and title by clinging to a late lead for the 58-55 victory over New York City in game two at Union Square, NYC.
Los Angeles swept the best out three games series, winning the first game at Venice Beach, 59-55.
The hoops tournament marks the launch of the new sports competition aimed at giving everyday, non-professional athletes the chance to represent their hometown.
Armyan Bernstein, The People’s Games founder and chairman, captured this pure spirit of competition with the release of the following quote to start the day of championship play.
“Something new and beautiful is happening today. The people are taking to the streets. It’s a quiet revolution in sports and entertainment,” Bernstein said.
“Here comes the People’s Games–Taking back the games that people love to play…and playing them for what used to matter most–for the love of the game–for personal pride, for family…for the neighborhoods they grew up in…and for the city they live in and love.”
Winning coach Lucius Allen, who played for UCLA and the Lakers, praised the effort of his team, commenting on the strength of unified defense and rebounding to lead L.A. to the win.
“Our guys showed a lot of heart and faced adversity admirably,” Allen said.
With his players standing up to the pressure from the New York crowd, Allen was impressed with their composure in the Game 2 victory.
“With New York and the New York crowd… I’ve never before emerged with the victory,” Allen said. “This is special for me. It’s something we’re looking forward to celebrating.”
On the strength of last-second play, Los Angeles take the win and series victory. The inaugural championship of The People’s Games heads to the Southland.
NYC laid the heat on with a final basket to keep the game within a possession in the last minute.
But Los Angeles maintained control of the ball for most of the last 30 seconds to stifle the Big Apple ballers.
NYC took possession in the last seven seconds with a chance to tie on a three, but the shot didn’t fall, giving Los Angeles the title.
Coach “Earl the Pearl” Monroe congratulates the effort of both squads, showing great class and sportsmanship. He remarks that he looks forward to returning to the court to help New York City to victory in the next edition of The People’s Games.
The People’s Games (www.PeoplesGames.com) is a new concept that provides the common man an opportunity to live out a dream of representing their family, neighborhood and city in athletic competition against rival cities.
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