Tonights 5th Annual No Boys Allowed Girls High School basketball
league finals evokes both much excitement and sadness for me. This
league, brought to you by founder Charles ‘C.C.” Hawley and his hoops partner
in crime Coach Luck (Curtiz Simpson), will culminate tonight with #1 vs.
#2 playing…Rutgers Prep vs. The Patrick School.
I fully expect that tonight both squads will be be at full strength with
both monster starting 5’s in the house. Plus the bench for both teams is
lights out and could be starting at 95% of NJ high school teams.
In the bigger picture of things, these 2 teams are guaranteed to be in
everybodys state pre-season top 5 (in my top 4) and both will be
make their presence known beyond the states borders. They are both
Love that the league and this final is played at a neutral site, Miller Center,
163 1st St., Elizabeth and geographically located in respectable proximity
for both schools so both all parents, some friends and fellow students
(The Patrick School student fans/boys teams always turn out and amp up
the gym with terrific energy…..Prep – you need to match this!).
We are going to have two 20 minute halfs and a 3 minute intermission
showcasing outstanding NJ high school hoops with at least 11 D-1 players
playing tonight. Heck we have ladies going to St. John’s (Miss. Hoppie),
U. of Mississipi (Miss Reid), Sacred Heart (Miss Dabney), FDU (Miss
Stanley) already in the house and no doubt more impressive signings
are coming soon.
The Patrick School is coming off a 2 point victory over a top 10 Franklin team
in the semi’s while Rutgers Prep is coming off a 35 point clinic over a top 15
Rumson Fair Haven team.
I see no way this will be a blow out. This game shows every indication of
photo finish with players going all out and coaches trying every strategy. This
is going to be prime time hoops in an uber fired up gym.
Treat yourself to some hoops magic (Actually it is FREE admission!), Free
on Street parking and put some $ in the snack bar especially for the iconic
chicken sausage sandwiches (we need this league to return annually).
Game tips at 6:30 followed by the leagues All-Star game (approx. 7:30) – What
a night! Can’t express the joy I have felt watching the level of play and the
maturity of the young ladies. They put their head down, get to work, play
hard, are not disrespectful and clearly love the game of basketball. Boy, will
I miss this league till next year. To me, it is better than the regular season in
some ways because of the condensed level of talent, on one floor, for multiple
games a night…I just can’t get enough.
Thank you Charles, Curtiz and especially the ladies (and your parent/care-givers)
that support you and bring you.