For the 4th consecutive year in a row the SBA and CIAA co-produced the “SBA Show, SBA/CIAA Street Ball Challenge” featuring the SBA All-Stars and the CIAA Alumni All-Stars on Super Saturday in front of 12,000 fans at the Charlotte Bobcat Arena. With players competing against each other from the two teams for the past four years the rivalry between the SBA All-Stars and CIAA Alumni All-Stars has become intense. From the pre-game warm-ups to the on-set of the much anticipated game the pace of play was up-tempo and it was evident that the two teams were going to battle it out to see who would secure the winner’s trophy and bragging rights until the next year’s challenge.
The first quarter see-sawed back in forth with both teams establishing themselves with an array of fast break dunks, three-point shots, and some inside half-court offensive sets. No team had a lead of more than six points, with 5 ties, and 6 lead changes. The SBA All-Stars were lead with strong guard play by Malloy “Future” Nesmith, Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones, and Lou “Certified” White while David “Aggressor” Bailey controlled the boards and finished on a number of nice alley-oups courtesy of Future and Certified on the fast break. With the game tied going into the second quarter, the CIAA Alumni All-Stars looked poised to take control of the game with a tremendous 10-minute stretch going on a 21-4 run lead by Randy “White Chocolate” Gill’s four 3-pointers and five assists taking a 17 point lead into half-time.
During Half-time Coach Matthew Rosner of the SBA All-stars made some adjustments by starting the third quarter with a different line-up featuring Jason “Birdman” Williams, Andrew “Sponge Bob/Takeover” Washington and now having Future shut down White Chocolate on the defensive end…These changes proved to be the difference as the SBA All-Stars thoroughly dominated the 3rd quarter erasing the 17-point deficit in the first 5 minutes of the period, never looking back with a tremendous 44-12 run. “Birdman” and “Future” hit six 3-pointers while “Sponge Bob/Takeover” took over inside with a number of strong finishes while the SBA played suffocating defense on the CIAA Alumni squad. The SBA All-Stars now took a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter where the game became a blowout for the SBA, stretching the lead to 30 as the SBA All-Stars put on a Show…
On consecutive plays down the court Zeke “SuperNatural/Freak” Scott caught a half-court alley-oup from Certified finishing with a full windmill dunk as the fans jumped to their feet…The next time down the court “Baby Shaq” crossed up his man at the 3-point line (left elbow extended from the foul line), took one step inside the line and lobbed the ball off of the backboard, then launched himself into the air, caught the ball off the glass on the opposite side of the rim and slammed it down with authority, throwing himself an unbelievable alley-oup…(stayed tuned the highlight footage will be up on the site soon). The SBA All-Stars finished the game strong with more highlight footage from Myron “Airborne” Howe and the “Aggressor” as the SBA All-Stars won 132-104.
The SBA would like to thank Commissioner Leon Kerry of the CIAA, and David Gwyn and Brooks Helms from French, West, Vaughn for their hard work and dedication to the event and the continued strategic partnership between the SBA and the CIAA…
This strategic alliance between the SBA and the CIAA once again brought added entertainment value and excitement to the CIAA Tournament fans as they get a chance to witness some of the most impressive professional street basketball players in the world. The past four years events have featured: Larry “The Bone Collector” Williams (EBC Rucker Park MVP, NBA TV), Randy “White Chocolate” Gill (Magic Johnson/MTV Who’s Got Game Champion, ESPN Street Ball, Bowie State), Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones (AND 1, ESPN Street Ball, Nike Battlegrounds Champion/ESPN Street Ball), John “Helicopter” Humphrey (ESPN Street Ball, NCAA Slam Dunk Champion, AND 1 Tour), Greg “The Wizard” Jones (Fat Joe’s Terror Squad/EBC Rucker Park, NBA TV), and Andre “Silk” Poole (Magic Johnson/MTV Who’s Got Game, Baltimore’s Finest), Tim “Headache” Gittens (ESPN Street Ball, AND 1, EBC Rucker Park), Malloy “Future” Nesmith (EBC Rucker Park, ESPN Street Ball), and Patrick “Pat Da-Roc” Robinson (ESPN Street Ball, Street Wise “Who’s Pat Da-Roc”) .
Known for having strong alumni, students and local resident support, the CIAA continually looks to be innovative and grow its basketball tournament providing additional entertainment on Super Saturday with the SBA/CIAA Street Ball Challenge.
“Every year the CIAA tournament gets bigger and better. With the move to Charlotte, North Carolina and the success of past years Tournaments, and the top street ball players gaining more and more recognition, popularity, and media coverage, the Annual SBA/CIAA Super Saturday Street Ball Challenge once again provides an excellent platform and opportunity to showcase and promote the SBA while enhancing the overall entertainment and sports property value of the impressive CIAA Tournament.”
About the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association is an athletic conference consisting of twelve historically African-American institutions of higher education all working together to set an overall standard of excellence. The presence of the CIAA as a premiere member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II continues to expand throughout the country. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) was founded in 1912 and is based in Hampton, Virginia. The CIAA is America’s oldest black college conference made up of 12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) situated along the Eastern Seaboard. The CIAA now holds its annual basketball tournament at the Bobcat Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, in late February and early March. The “CIAA,” as the week-long event is often referred to, historically draws more than 200,000 fans, has had an economic impact of $100 million dollars since 2000, but is much more than a basketball tournament, it is a cultural event
About the Street Basketball Association, LLC and SBA Sports Management and Entertainment Group
The SBA is a sports marketing and entertainment company specifically dedicated to spearheading the growth of street basketball and overall global basketball development. The SBA has developed the first ever professional street basketball league allowing fans to experience some of the most dazzling and unparalleled street-ball players and team performances available anywhere. The SBA creates a fertile landscape for players to develop their talent in a highly competitive atmosphere under the guidance and leadership of former NBA professional players and industry professionals.
The SBA Sports Management and Entertainment Group is a full service sports marketing and event management company primarily focused on the business of basketball offering turn-key entertainment events and sports properties. From the beginning process of event creation and planning, through full-scale management, operation, and production of the event, the SBA provides optimal solutions to maximize the value of the individual sports property. The SBA gives corporate organizations, entrepreneurs, and promoters, the ideal vehicle to penetrate the sports marketing arena, generating positive revenue, as well as increasing consumer awareness and creating positive public relations for their products, services, and mission.
With the combination of basketball being one of the most followed and supported sports throughout the world and street ball being the hottest basketball product, the SBA ensures successful and profitable events when marketing with the SBA. The SBA has iniatiated events all over the United States, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe on several occasions and at each event received a warm welcome from fans and corporate sponsors. The SBA is dedicated to showcasing competitive basketball and providing quality entertainment to its audiences