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At the Success Academy Basketball Championships, Middle Schoolers Leave it All On the Court
Manuel Colon – March 9, 2018
Four seconds remain on the clock, and the SA Harlem North West basketball team trails by a point against the previously undefeated SA Bronx 2 team. Scholar Khristian Martinez stands at the free-throw line — looking as calm and collected as any pro — and sinks the game-changing shot. Cheers erupt from the crowd of parents, teachers, and friends who came to attend the Success Academy middle school championships.
This was just one exciting moment in a weekend packed with several rounds of fast-paced, nail-biting games. As our middle school teams competed for the coveted championship trophy, it became clear that our coaches had succeeded in fostering essential skills, high levels of determination, and winning mindsets in their scholars. The tournament exemplified the passionate playing and commendable sportsmanship that our scholars have demonstrated throughout the season.
Congratulations to all our middle schoolers who participated in the SA Network Basketball Championships, and a huge shout-out to the commitment shown by all of our coaches this season! Thanks also to our host schools, SA Bronx 1 (Harlem/Bronx division, seventh and eighth grades) and SA Cobble Hill (Brooklyn division, Harlem/Bronx division, fifth and sixth grades).
Boys Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Champions: SA Harlem West
Coach Diana Anello
Nana Adu, Abou Sangare, Nick Williams, Elijah Napper, Amadou Diongue, Bradley Edouard, Robert Summers, Shrif Long, Moussa Kane, Dayjon Anderson, Ibrahim Cisse, Boubacar Sow, Ibrahima Bah, Seyd Camara, Zoumana Traore, Adama Diop, Moussa Diallo, Ousman Cisse
Boys Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Runners-Up: SA Harlem North Central
Coach Thazina Cook
Jaylen Hawkins, Naszaire Simmons, King Dawson, Ahmed Brown, Calvin Richardson, Kenderick Hunter, Ibrahima Ndiaye, Kristian Martinez, Classic Greene-Fowler, Aboubacar Saganogo, Jason Quartson, Souleymane Sonko, Jared Davis
Girls Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Champions: SA Harlem East
Coaches Fabio Janeiro and Jabbar Richardson
Benecia Boakye, Wynter Felton, Milanni Gidron, Shanyn Gomez, Yakirah Hillsman, Fatoumata Kone, Jaylah Palmer, Zanaya Parsons, Zoe Robertson, Emilia Senhaji, Harmonee Smith, Kayla Tyler, Kayla Waring
Girls Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Runners-Up: SA Bronx 1
Coach Bob Lu
Blessing Amoakoduodu, Ariel Caraballo, Violeta Castillo, Cyniece Jamison, Treasure Patterson, Valody Blankenship, Nevaeh Bland, Layla Figuereo, JusticeLyn Bolle-Suazo, Adreiriena Murray, Wuraola Adetola
Boys Fifth- and Sixth-Grade Champions: SA Hudson Yards
Coach Dustin Andrus
Kyle Durant, Brandon Pabon, Pharaoh Carrero, Mehki Agbai, Angel Rivera, Joshua Pratt, Ronart Kukaj, Isaac Rios, Kamahri Bryant, Kelvin Moore, Joshua Reuben, Marqkuis Phillip, Roland Duroseau, Danny Palacios, Daniel Moreno, Amir Messiah
Boys Fifth- and Sixth-Grade Runners-Up: SA Bronx 3
Coach Steve Schwarz
Biandi Perez, Therlo Diallo, Alpha Diallo, Amdane Idrissou, Adaai Adorno, Gabriel J. Rosa Garcia, Melvin Rennock, Omar Grierson, Pedro Pena, Elvis Asare, Haniel Merejo, Edgar Sanchez-Hernandez
Girls Fifth- and Sixth-Grade Champions: SA Myrtle
Coach K. Jamal Jones
Saniyah Fisher, Gabrielle Wentt, Kyla Sanders, Mylene Tadonkeng, Ava Rosado, Savannah Kellman, Milani Myers, Lillianna Morales, Chelsea Cliff, Ryan Lindsey
Girls Fifth- and Sixth-Grade Runners-Up: SA Hudson Yards
Coach Dustin Andrus
Aissata Fandal-Ngassaki, Naiya Cherry, Maia Charles, Katie Dennison, Kianna Moore, Alise Turner, Juliette Fiorentino
Boys Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Tournament
The first championship matchup of the tournament pitted the SA Harlem West against SA Harlem North Central. SA Harlem West emerged triumphant as the 2018 middle school boys’ seventh- and eighth-grade champions, with a score of 41 to 27. This was the team’s second consecutive championship win!
Girls Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Tournament
The championship game pitted an undefeated SA Harlem East against SA Bronx 1; after an outstanding pass and a winning shot, SA Harlem East earned its place in SA history as the 2018 champion, 26 to 16. The team’s triumph capped off an outstanding undefeated season, with coaches Fabio Janeiro and Jabbar Richardson playing a crucial role in the team's development.
Boys Fifth- and Sixth-Grade Tournament
The Brooklyn fifth- and sixth-grade matchups at SA Cobble Hill were also thrilling. On the boys’ side, SA Hudson Yards fought fiercely for a championship win of 26 to 21 against SA Bronx 3.
Girls Fifth- and Sixth-Grade Tournaments
The girls’ team at SA Myrtle emerged victorious in the final game against SA Hudson Yards, with a score of 13 to 9. Both of these winning teams are only in their first year of existence!