Uptown Challenge (246783)

When Krystal Pearson of the Bingo’s All Stars hit a jumper with seconds to go before the final buzzer to win the game against Team Nike three weeks ago, preventing overtime, even without the raw energy of the crowd and the amped excitement of MC Chocolate, the public address announcer/host/league MC, you kind of knew that they’d participate in the final weekend of the Uptown Challenge, the playoffs and championships.

Bingos All Stars were almost able to recreate the magic one more time but fell short against the Skyriders, 53-51, the unlimited division in the championship game Sunday.

“We had an opportunity twice to tie the game up with seconds to go in that game, but unfortunately we couldn’t convert either of the put back opportunities,” said Tyrone Moultrie (Coach Mo), the All Stars head coach.

Moultrie also noted, “We had some non-forced turnovers at inopportune moments during the game.” He mentioned a complaint about a few missed calls by the game’s referees. 

The Slam Jam Summer Classic also concluded Sunday. Their junior high school girls division features some of the city’s best upcoming talent. 

The Brooklyn Stars, last year’s champs, repeated again this summer, defeated the Lady Choz, 47-31, in Sunday’s championship game.

Jayda Johnson, the game’s MVP, scored 16 points to lead Brooklyn.

The Lady Choz Sportsmanship Award went to Damoni Tucker, who knocked down 17 points, the game’s highest point total.