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Summer hoops season taking final shots

HOWIE EVANS AmNews Sports Editor | 8/24/2011, 5:34 p.m.

The 2011 summer basketball season is just about history.

Local community leagues are struggling to stay alive as youthful players flock to AAU programs, where they get the opportunity to travel around the country. Numerous national shoe and clothing companies are investing heavily in the programs, providing uniforms, shoes and, often, mile-high trophies to the tournament winners.

The Jr. Knicks Sprite City Wide Athletic League ends its 46th summer this weekend at the Raymond Bush Playground ("Soul in the Hole") in Brooklyn. So is the Each One Teach One program at Rucker Park in West Harlem.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, the two programs will have a slate of all-star games, Biddy, Midget and Seniors, at Soul in the Hole, tipping off at 11 a.m. The final game starts at 2:30 p.m. The teams are comprised of the top players from the two leagues.

Last week at Rucker Park, Each One Teach One hosted the annual Harlem Week Golden Hoops Tournament, with teams coming from around the city. The squads from Abyssinian and Brooklyn were the big winners. Meanwhile, City Wide held their championship games last week, with JJ's All-Stars, St. John's and Country's All-Stars copping team championships.