N.Y.I.A. Elite Take Home Another Championship!
N.Y.I.A. Elite AAU Team did it again at the Adidas Pittsburgh Summer Invitational Tournament – came home with another championship under their belt! Go Eagles!
Week 4 the N.Y.I.A. Elite AAU team travel back to a familiar scene for this weekends tournament. Last time we were in Pittsburgh was our first tournament where we had a record of 1-2 so it was time for redemption, trying to win back to back tournament championships was the goal. We accomplished our goal with a record of 4-1 back to back Champs!
Game 1 N.Y.I.A. Elite vs TMPW Xplores W 63-54: The team was very excited to be back at the tournament and was determined to prove themselves on the court. We had a big performance from London Denman 16pts 16rb 4ast 3stl 6-8fg 4-6ft. Other key players Derek Magwood 16pts Mark Rodriguez 8pts 5ast
Game 2 N.Y.I.A. Elite vs Steeltown L 41-43: This game was a back to back game for N.Y.I.A. The players and coach under estimated Steeltown. N.Y.I.A. was a little fatigued from the last game and didn’t play as hard. Leading performers were Isaiah Benbow 13pts and Derek Magwood 15pts 7rb
Game 3 N.Y.I.A. Elite vs BSA W 67-35: After the first loss of the weekend N.Y.I.A. bounced back with a BIG win by 30+ points. Team played hard and smart. Lead by Isaiah Benbow 24pts 3rb 2stl and Derek Magwood 22pts 5rb 4ast..
Game 4 N.Y.I.A. Elite vs Steeltown W 59-37: Rematch of N.Y.I.A.’s loss the day before. Derek Magwood and London Denman came out ready to play, controlling the boards on offense and defense. As a team N.Y.I.A. played great defense for portions of the game and ran the offense scored easy, great ball movement through out the game put the team in position to advance to the championship..
Championship Game N.Y.I.A. Elite vs TWPW Xplores W 65-51: Championship game was really intense in the beginning. N.Y.I.A. played great for the first 20min before TWPW Xplores went on a 12-0 run in the middle of the second half. But the last 3min was dominated by N.Y.I.A. to secure the championship lead by London Denman 20pts 11rb 4ast 2blk and Derek Magwood 24pts 6rb 2stl.
The weekend was a success! N.Y.I.A. Elite came on a mission to win back to back championships and that exactly what happened. Coach Polk, Coach Stark & Coach Wright have been doing a great job with this group and we are looking forward to seeing what they can do this upcoming post grad season.