Friendly trash talk is exchanged as the two cities gear up for a showdown
By Migale Whyte
Philly and New York have always been two hotbeds vying for national hoops supremacy. Only 90 miles apart, both cities have garnered top talent that’s left a mark on the game. The 7th annual NY vs Philly game is this weekend and it wont disappoint. The event is comprised of 5 games featuring grades 7 through 11th, with both cities’ best prospects to represent. The Annual game started with just two friends from opposite cities jawing at each other about who’s city had the better basketball talent. Charles Monroe and Shandue McNeill decided to settle it as Mcneill stated “Get your best ten and i’ll get mine”, thus the NY vs Philly game was born and seven years later here we are.
“The rivalry is so heated because of the proximity of both cities”.
Philly brings its usual brand of tough and talented yet overlooked players which Charles Monroe said he’s with, stating “New York ball players make it to the McDonalds All American game but Philly dudes make it to the league”. Monroe, a local Philadelphia basketball mind specialized in coordinating basketball events in Philly is obviously confident in his city. Monroe also stated that the game itself is bigger than himself. “I just feel like its the right thing to do, picking up where our elders left off,” He said. New York on the other hand, boast and equal amount of tough players but a bit more flashy (And in Monroe’s opinion, often “overhyped”.)
“The Annual game started with just two friends from opposite cities jawing at each other about who’s city had the better basketball talent.”
New York won the series last year 3 games to 2 and is looking for another series victory as each year this rivalry seems to get more and more heated. Mcneill, a former Molloy Hs star and reviver of the St.Bonaventure University basketball program says; “The rivalry is so heated because of the proximity of both cities”. As to the origins of the games and alumni he stated that ” The game started with Kyle Anderson and Amil Jefferson the first year, both who were McDonalds All Americans”. When asked who would win this years series Mcneill replied “C’mon” followed by a light chuckle, clearly signaling the confidence in his city. Even tho both sides go back and forth, theres always a mutual respect between both men and cities. “Although I say all this stuff about New York’s basketball players I respect them, and the city itself,” Monroe says. “New York is like a second home for me” Tune in Friday September 22nd and 23rd at Imhotep HighSchool and Girard college respectively to see Philly and New Yorks best go at it.