The event was held at Seton Hall University today. And it is named after a popular coach, Joe Brown, who was very helpful to Jimmy Salmon's Playaz Basketball program.
The Lightning, without such star players like Omari Lawrence, Brian Wilson, and Jeriel Henriquez, battled hard throughout this contest. They trailed 23-20 after the first half. But the Lightning got off to a rough second half and trailed at times by double digits.
But a big effort by guard Darius Gabriel helped carve the lead to within striking distance. "We had some players in summer school," Gabriel said after the game. "I thought we had a chance to win it."
There just wasn't enough firepower or energy left in the six man rotation. Gabriel finished the game with 12 points. He did a solid job in directing the offense too, setting up his teammates for five baskets with his passes too.
But the team from Canada was balanced and organized. Plus, they had eight more players to use than the one-man bench the Lightning possessed. Ernest Freeman added six points for Long Island while Travis Nichols had seven and Jordan Henriquez scored seven.