A Look Back At the 8th Annual Philly vs New York All City Classic

By Jaquam Bodden
Oct. 01, 2018

The Team New York 2019 squad coached by Charles Jones and Tony Rosa pose for cameras after a 78-65 win over Team Philly

New York needed a bounce back year and they got one.

Philly vs New York is a two Day event on the 2nd to last weekend of September that closes out the summer season and introduces the best players from the NYC area and Philadelphia from grades 8-12. A plethora of college and pro basketball players from both cities have participated in this event. Some of Philly vs NY’s notable alumni include Isaiah Washington (Minnesota), Quade Green (Kentucky), Tony Carr (Penn State/Overseas Pro) and tons more.

In the past years, both days of the event were held in Philadelphia, but this year the second day of the event which included the 10-12th grade games were moved to NYC at St. Raymond’s High school in the Bronx. Last year Philly took care of business and won the series 3-2 over New York. On September 21st, the series started at Imhotep Charter in North Philly as the NY won the 8th grade game and Philly won the 9th grade game.

The series shifted to the Bronx on September 22nd where both cities were tied at one game a piece. With New York having the home court advantage It was time for the sophomores, juniors and seniors to take care of business. In the 2021 game Team NY dominated for most of the game until the fourth quarter when Rahsool Diggins, Jaylen Stinson and the Philly squad closed the gap to as much as two points. Team NY was able to bounce back and get some stops to secure a 63-60 win. The MVP’s for the game were Brandon Weston a 6-5 guard from Lake Forest Academy who led NY with 18 points and Daeshon Sheppard a 6-4 sophomore guard from Archbishop Wood for Philly. Sheppard led Philly with 16 points.

In the 2020 game, Team Philly played Team NY tough they fell in a huge hole early but they were able to go into the half only down eight points. Team NY dominated behind a huge second half en route to a Philly 70-50 win. NY had a huge size advantage in the front court with Max Amadasun from Our Savior Lutheran and Cliff Omoruyi From Immaculate Conception HS in New Jersey. Both players made it hard for Team Philly to Score throughout the game. Bishop Loughlin wing Julian Champagnie who Scored 20 points was named MVP of the game for NY while Donovan Rodriguez took home MVP honors for Team Philly.

2019 game was the main event of the day as both teams brought out their top guns and it went down as the most competitive and intense game of the day. Philly brought out their best as in players such as Xavier commit Dahmir Bishop, Lasalle commit Christian Ray, 7-2 big Naheem McLeod and 6-7 wing Chereef Knox as well as others. As for team New York, they brought their heavy hitters as well.

Both teams went back and forth from the tip as the game seen numerous ties and lead changes. The last 4 minutes and thirty seconds of the game proved to be biggest highlight of the night. Down 61-60 Our Savior Lutheran guard Dashawn Davis sprinted up the court to find South Shore wing Kadary Richmond for the fast break layup to give New York a 62-61 lead. That lead will quickly vanish as Villanova Commit Eric Dixon answered back with a strong move inside plus the foul to give Philly back the lead with four minutes remaining. NY would soon turn up the pressure on defense the rest of the game and go on a massive 16-3 run led by Davis, Iowa Commit Joe Toussaint and Alejandro Vasquez of The Patrick School to finish the game with a 78-65 win.

Chereef Knox gained MVP honors for Team Philly whole Dashawn Davis got his second straight MVP for Team NY in the event. Davis was the MVP of the 2019 game last year when the event was at Philadelphia’s Girard College.

Another chapter in the friendly rivalry between Philly and NYC ended with New York taking a 4-1 sweep. In most of the Games Philly brought out their best and they played NY extremely tough at times, but NY still found a way to Defend home court.