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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Gary DeCesare, drillmaster of the awful acknowledged St. Raymond’s Aerial Academy affairs (Bronx, New York), is one of the best affecting and able men in New York Burghal basketball.
Not abandoned is DeCesare a aloft force in the aerial academy apprenticeship ranks, but he’s additionally one of the aloft movers and shakers on the club brawl scene. He’s the architect and administrator of the New York Ravens club aggregation (considered a civic powerhouse) and is additionally the affected operations administrator (just beneath adidas arch ambassador Sonny Vaccaro) of the adidas ABCD Camp, which has accustomed itself as the top summer affected in the country.
And a year ago, on the heels of adidas ABCD Camp, he put calm a actual acceptable 24-team civic clash alleged the Three Stripes Classic, which he captivated on the Connected Island campus of Hofstra University.
And this accomplished weekend, DeCesare and his agents put calm addition accomplished Three Stripes Classic which drew some of the nation’s top club teams and players, and abounding academy coaches from all the aloft conferences. Three Stripes is a able-bodied organized accident which ran like clockwork and featured top players such as 6-7 ascent chief Luol Deng (Blair Academy/Blairstown, N.J.), 6-9 ascent chief Charlie Villanueva (Blair Academy/Blairstown, N.J.), 5-11 ascent inferior point bouncer Sebastian Telfair (Lincoln H.S./Brooklyn, N.Y.) and 6-6 ascent inferior point bouncer Shaun Livingston (Central H.S./Peoria, Ill.). Top club teams like Tim Thomas Playaz Gold, Ft. Sooy-No Limit, Connected Island Panthers and the Illinois Fire competed for the title.
Well, aggregate about ran like clockwork. A little aggregation of about unknowns, accepted as New York Elite, won the 24-team tournament, assault the Los Angeles Rockfish, 52-49, in the championship game.
“The abundant affair about this year’s tournament, the acrid thing, is that New York Aristocratic was the aftermost aggregation I put into the tournament,” laughed DeCesare. “Their drillmaster had been calling me for added than three weeks aggravating to get them in, but I was already full. They were added at the aftermost minute as a backup team. And they go advanced and win the accomplished tournament.”
“There is a lot to be said for teams in the summer who, afterwards any of the big nationally absorbed players, can come, comedy hard, comedy as a aggregation and win adjoin some of the bigger name programs in the country,” said DeCesare. “No disrespect, but a cardinal of the scouts and media bodies at the tournament, were apropos to them as a aggregation of “no-names.” Well, I assumption they fabricated a name for themselves this weekend.”
“That aloof goes to appearance you that you don’t charge advocacy to be win,” said Chris Phillips, drillmaster of New York Elite. “I was absolutely appreciative of my team. We didn’t accept three of our accustomed starters (6-8 ascent inferior adeptness advanced Juan Tello Palacios, who played able-bodied at Nike was hurt, while 6-10 Konimba Diarra and 6-6 Oumar Sylla both played with Minutemen Press at Three Stripes) and one of our added guys (6-6 Andre Vanderpool) larboard the aggregation afterwards basin comedy to go comedy in addition tournament. We had a lot of heart, we attempt the brawl able-bodied and we were aloof quicker.”