Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, July 17 through Saturday, July 23.
D.J. Kennedy and DeAndre Kane will head to New York City next week knowing that winning two basketball games could earn them a share of $2 million.
Kennedy and Kane, who teamed up to help Schenley win a PIAA title in 2007, are teammates on Overseas Elite, a team competing in The Basketball Tournament, an NCAA-style tournament that features many former college stars and professional players. The tournament began with 64 teams, but that number has dwindled to four.
Overseas Elite, the defending champion, is one of the four remaining teams battling for the winner-take-all $2 million prize. The team punched their ticket to the semifinals courtesy of a 74-66 win against Trained to Go in Saturday's quarterfinals at Philadelphia University. Kennedy led Overseas Elite with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Kane added nine points.
The "Final Four" will take place at Fordham University in the Bronx. The semifinals are next Saturday and the championship Aug. 2. Both semifinals and the championship will be televised on ESPN.
That's how close D.J. Kennedy and DeAndre Kane are to grabbing a share of $2 million.
The former Schenley stars have teamed up in The Basketball Tournament, a five-on-five single-elimination tournament which has really taken off in its third season. Kennedy and Kane play for Overseas Elite, which won its Super 16 game Thursday night. The game was televised on ESPN2.
Overseas Elite defeated Ram Nation, 91-80, Thursday. Kennedy was the game's leading scorer and rebounder, finishing with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Kane added three points and six rebounds.
D.J. Kennedy and DeAndre Kane have played under the bright lights many times, from high school championships to NCAA tournament and conference tournament games to professional league tilts.
However, neither has done it knowing they were four wins away from winning $2 million.
That is until now.
The two former Schenley stars have teamed up to play in The Basketball Tournament and you can watch their team, Overseas Elite, play Ram Nation in a Super 16 game tonight on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. The game is being played at Philadelphia University.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, July 10 through Saturday, July 16.
D.J. Kennedy and DeAndre Kane helped Schenley win a state championship in 2007.
Nine years later, the two have teamed up in hopes of winning $2 million.
Kennedy and Kane have reunited to play in The Basketball Tournament, a single-elimination 5-on-5 tournament that is open to any player. Many professional players participate, which comes as no surprise considering the victorious team takes home the significant winner-take-all prize.
Kennedy is no stranger to the event. In fact, he was on the winning team last season. Overseas Elite is the defending champion. Kennedy scored a team-high 24 points in last year's championship win, which earned the team $1 million. The prize was doubled this year.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, July 3 through Saturday, July 9.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, June 26 through Saturday, July 2.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, June 19 through Saturday, June 25.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, June 12 through Saturday, June 18.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, June 11.
Brashear's Jiggz Cabral has been voted to the first team of the City League All-Star Team for the second straight year. Cabrel, a 5-9 junior outside hitter, was also an honorable mention selection as a freshman. With that in mind, Cabral has been designated as the City League MVP.
Cabral led Brashear to the City League title. He is joined on the first team by teammates Mohammad Abdella, Doug Meyers, and Emmanuel Ndayisenga.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, May 29 through Saturday, June 4.
Brashear had not sent a team to play in the PIAA Class AAA boys doubles tournament since the state split the sport into two classifications in 1999.
Seniors Dalton Link and Kevin Goodbread were the Bulls representatives after winning the City League title, but like the last three representatives from District 8, they had a very short stay at the Hershey Racquet Club.
In all fairness, they got about as tough a draw as they could as they faced District 1 champions Alex and Matt Whalen of Council Rock North. And they did pull out a game against their opponent. But in the end, they fell like every other City League doubles team in the last four years, with a 6-0, 6-1 defeat.
In that time, the City League finalists have won a total of four games in four matches.
Rajan Alagar had some PIAA Class AAA tennis experience under his belt before he stepped onto the court at the Hershey Racquet Club for the state singles championships last week.
As a freshman a year ago, Alagar teamed with brother Krishnan to win the City league doubles title and made it into the first round of the state finals before they lost, 6-0, 6-0, to Steve Yang and Max Howarth, the District 1 champions from Conestoga.
Playing singles, well, that was something completely different.
Alagar got the toughest draw he could have imagined when he was thrown into the mix against Downingtown East junior Michael Dickson, the No. 4 ranked junior in the state, and last year's PIAA Class AAA runner-up to Latrobe's Chad Kissell. And it went as expected as Dickson, who defeated Fox Chapel freshman Robby Shymansky in the title match, rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Alagar.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, May 22 through Saturday, May 28.
Each of the last three years the City League doubles champion has received an automatic invitation to the PIAA Class AAA tournament at Hershey Racquet Club.
Each of those years, the representative lost in straight sets.
Not only that, the three tandems have only won a total of three games in their three matches. Last season, the Obama Academy team of Krishnan and Rajan Alagar were shut out, 6-0, 6-0, by Steve Yang and Max Howarth, the District 1 champions from Conestoga.
This time it will be a team from Brashear that takes a chance at stopping a long run of City League futility in the state tournament. Seniors Dalton Link and Kevin Goodbread will be making the first appearance for the Bulls in the PIAA Class AAA doubles finals since the sport split into two classifications in 1999.
Rajan Alagar has been in the PIAA Class AAA tennis championships before.
As a freshman a year ago, Alagar teamed with brother, Krishnan, to win the City league doubles title and made it into the first round of the state finals before they lost, 6-0, 6-0, to Steve Yang and Max Howarth, the District 1 champions from Conestoga.
Now Alagar will be heading to Hershey alone as the City League singles champion. But he might need his brother if he hopes to get out of the first round.
Alagar will face Downingtown East junior Michael Dickson, the No. 3 ranked junior in the state, and last year's PIAA Class AAA runner-up to Latrobe's Chad Kissell.
Amadou Diallo and Noah Swaby both won City League track titles.
This weekend, the Allderdice teammates will compete at the PIAA championships.
Diallo and Swaby, both juniors, were the only City League boys athletes to qualify for the championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Diallo will participate in the 3,200-meter run and Swaby will take part in the 110 hurdles, both in the Class AAA portion of the event. They advanced to the championships by meeting state qualifying standards at the City League championships. Diallo is the No. 33 seed and Swaby No. 23.
Obama's Raven Haston is only a freshman, but that hasn't stopped her from making a trip to the PIAA championships.
Haston will be the City League's lone girls representative at the championships, which will take place Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University. Haston will compete in the Class AAA 100-meter dash.
Haston earned an invite after meeting the state qualifying standard at the City League championships. She swept the sprints at the event, winning both the 100 and 200.
At the PIAA championships, Haston will be far from being a favorite, as she's the No. 20 seed. However, the future looks very bright as only one freshman is ranked ahead of her.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21.
*Sports Town City League Week in Review (May 8-14)
*Track: Diallo just keeps on running, and winning, for Allderdice
*Boys Tennis: 2016 City League Doubles Tournament Results
*Track: 2016 City League Boys Championship Results
*Track: 2016 City League Girls Championship Results
- Track: 2016 City League Boys Championship Results
- Track: 2016 City League Girls Championship Results
- Boys Tennis: 2016 City League Doubles Tournament Results
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (May 8-14)
- Track: Diallo just keeps on running, and winning, for Allderdice
- Baseball: Allderdice plays 16-inning game
- Track: Diallo leads Allderdice contingent at South Fayette Invitational
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (May 1-7)
- Baseball: City League Update (May 5)
- Softball: City League Update (May 5)
- Alumni Update - Regis Sauer (La Roche)
- Alumni Update - Henri Wade-Chatman (Edinboro)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Apr. 24-30)
- Boys Volleyball: East Feature Athlete - Obama Academy's Connor Claussen
- Alumni Update - Micah Byrum (Washington & Jefferson)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Apr. 17-23)
- Boys Basketball: Perry's Sayles leads team to Roundball Classic win
- Baseball: Obama rolling in the City League
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Apr. 10-16)
- Boys Basketball: Allderdice makes mark on all-state team