Best of Summer 2019: a multi-part series where we look back at some of the top storylines and trends of this summer in NYC summer hoops.
This summer the Sean Bell All-Stars May have made a strong statement with their championship run. Coach Rah Wiggins and his squad won championships in most of the major summer tournaments in NYC.
The Sean Bell All-Stars had Nike Pro City in a stronghold as they finished the season as the top team in the league in the regular season. Sean Bell had a mixture of scorers, defenders and role players that made them one of the strongest unlimited teams in the city. Their core of players such as Mike Poole, Kedar Edwards, former University of Tennessee standout Kevin Punter Jr., and others helped the team reach the championship game as they were able to defeat Team Dyckman / Kemba 100-95 on August 14th. In that game Coach, Rah brought out other pros such as Lance Stephenson and Delroy James to help them take down a deep Dyckman / Kemba team. Kevin Punter Jr. Was the MVP as he went off for 36 points in that game.
Sean Bell takes the Entertainers 155 Championship. Photo Credit J. Bodden
Sean Bell was in the playoffs in every league they played in despite losing in leagues such as Gersh and West 4th, they were able to continue their championship run as they won the Entertainers 155 league championship at Rucker Park and the LES Express championship in Manhattan. Along with Stephenson Sean Bell also added Isaiah Whitehead to the team.
Abraham Lincoln HS Alum Lance Stephenson holding down the trophy. After playing this season with the Los Angeles Lakers, He will be playing with Liaoning basketball in China.
Sean Bell’s impact was big on the unlimited scene so big that many of Sean Bell’s players won championships in other leagues that Sean Bell didn’t play in. On August 27th Mike Poole, Kedar Edwards, Lance Stephenson, and Isaiah Whitehead help lead PTG 365 to the Dyckman College/Pro division Championship. Within that run, PTG took down last year’s champions TMT/Showstoppers.
One of many things we have learned from Sean Bell’s championship run is that they made unlimited streetball even more competitive than past years and they may have raised the bar when it comes to personnel. Aside from the NBA players they had on their team, they had many players who knew how to win and that’s something that can’t be denied.
Highlights of Sean Bell vs Dyckman/ Kemba in the 2019 Nike Pro City championship