Trenton – The JBA League’s first inaugural season has reached a close. The New York Ballers and Philadelphia Ballers put on a nonstop show leading into a strong overtime fight to the finish.
The New York Ballers utilized a late surge to defeat the Philadelphia Ballers 84-81 in New Jersey at the CURE Insurance Arena. The two teams put on a solid competitive show for all four quarters, with one performance especially standing out. Nolan Irby nailed a major 3-pointer tying the game with 13.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
In a close game throughout, both teams exchanged leads along the way. The first quarter was not a clear testament to the game as it got off to a slow start. The Philadelphia Ballers took the lead 18-9 for the first quarter. However, the tables quickly turned during the second quarter leading to an intense unpredictable battle. The fast paced, high-intensity game embodied playoff implications.
Calvin Brown’s impressive sharpshooting helped enable the New York Ballers to pull out a victory in a game. Brown collected another double-double with 24 points, 18 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Morissana Camara assisted his team with 15 points, four assists, and two steals while Magd Abdelwahab hit three back-to-back shots in overtime helping his team stay in the game. New York (5-3) held on to their winning streak to solidify their seed at No. 3 for the playoff standings.
“We feel great! We’re going to go into the playoffs and not get complacent,” said Calvin Brown. “We’re going to keep playing hard and try to come out with the championship.”
Philadelphia’s point guard, Jawane Buckner was taken back to the locker room after an ankle injury with 2:53 left on the clock at the end of the fourth quarter. Jaylen Nixon led his team with 27 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal. With their seventh loss, the Philadelphia Ballers have only won one game this season. After tonight, they are ranked 8th in the playoff standings.
“We pulled this game off with pure will. These guys play hard,” said Coach Marvin McCullough. “We had spurts where we played well. We had spurts where we played down on defense, but the most important thing is that we came out with a victory.”