The NYC Mayor's Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament featured 8 of the best wheelchair basketball teams from around the country as they competed for the prestigious NYC Mayor’s Cup trophy. Now in its 11th year, the NYC Mayor's Cup has become one of the premier wheelchair basketball tournaments on the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) calendar.
After a very exciting day of games at Manhattan College’s Draddy Gymnasium on December 3, the stage was set for the playoffs that took place on December 4 at Horace Mann High School.
The Bulova NJ Nets looked like they could not be stopped as they beat the Rochester Wheels (New York) handily by a score of 70–43 in the first quarterfinal game. Josh Lewis of the Wheels led all scorers with 19 points while Dylan Levine and Paul Ward each added 17 points for the Nets. In the other quarterfinal game, the NEPVA Celtics (Massachusetts) defeated the Connecticut Spokebenders by a score of 50-36. The Celtics got 14 points from Bill Hill, while Josh Levine led the Spokebenders with 9 points.
The Nets and Celtics both advanced to the semifinals only to face the Nassau Kings (Long Island) and the Bay State Clippers (Massachusetts), who both earned quarterfinal byes because of their play from the day before.
The two local teams matched up against each other in the first semifinal as the Kings took on the Nets, while the two teams from Massachusetts faced off in the second game.
The Nassau Kings continued their dominance from Saturday with a decisive 52-39 win over the Bulova (NJ) Nets. Christopher St. Remy put the team on his back and carried them to the Championship game with 24 points, including a few big 3-pointers early in the 2nd half to seal the victory. Chris Kile was the high scorer for the Nets with 12 points.
In the other semifinal, the Celtics upset the Clippers by a score of 52-36. Once again, Bill Hill led the way with 18 points for the Celtics and Omar Benitez did all he could for the Clippers with 18 points of his own. In the
end, the Celtics were too much and were headed back to the championship game to try to win their third NYC Mayor's Cup Championship in a row, but first they had to get past the Nassau Kings.
The Kings knew that they had to get the ball to Christopher St. Remy and the Celtics knew they had t stop him in order to take home the trophy. When the final buzzer sounded, the Nassau Kings were able to accomplish their goal and unseat the Celtics as 2011 NYC Mayor’s Cup Champions. The game was close, but the Kings came out on top, 47–41. St. Remy finished with 22 points for the Kings and Steve Davis led the Celtics with 17 points. St. Remy took home the Matthew Sapolin Memorial MVP Award as he dominated throughout the weekend and left no doubt that he was the Best in the City.
The All-Tournament Team was composed of three outstanding players from the weekend: Omar Benitez (Bay State Clippers), Dylan Levine (Bulova NJ Nets) and Bill Hill (NEPVA Celtics).