The seventh annual Golden Hoops tipoff final this past Saturday at the Scan El-Faro Beacon Community Center in Harlem, featuring high school ballers ages 15 to 19, proved to be as competitive and gripping as expected with Puerto Rico and Each OneTeach One battling until the last 60 seconds to decide the champion.

On the weekend of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, the Puerto Rico squad emerged with a 79-75 victory behind Nicolas Rivera’s 24 points and eight rebounds.  He received strong support from Maurice Camara’s 13 points and Allen Houston’s 12.

Dymir Taylor-Parish led Each One Teach One with 24 points, and Jelani Ottle and Alassane Camara scored 21 and 16, respectively. Camara also added 10 rebounds for Each One Teach One. Puerto Rico reached the finals by getting past C.T.A. Harlem 82-75 in the semifinals Thursday. Each One Teach One ran past I-Ball 93-72 in the second semifinal match up.

The consolation game, pairing the Harlem Hawks against the Bobby Bingo B. Ball Club, didn’t match the drama of the championship. The Hawks came away with a decisive 67-44 win, fueled by the quartet of Jalen Robinson, Jose Ortiz Jr., Francisco Bonilla and Daniel Rivera. Robinson was dominant, depositing 24 points and grabbing 20 rebounds, and Ortiz (17 points), Bonilla (11) and Rivera (10) all made solid contributions.

Spearheaded by Each One Teach One Tournament Commissioner George Ball and Deputy Commissioner Marvin McCullough, the event’s sponsors included SCAN New York, the Rucker Pro Legends and Harlem Professionals Incorporated.