At Hype City VIII held at South Shore High School in Brooklyn, an eight-team tournament featuring some of the top programs in the city culminated on Sunday, along with a “Hype City Rising Stars Game” showcasing some of the top freshmen in the Northeast region.
In Saturday morning’s game one of the tournament, the hosting South Shore Vikings obliterated Iona Prep, 78-45. Senior Sekou Sylla led South Shore with 23 points, while junior Bryce Willis put up 16 points for Iona Prep.
Fellow PSAL “AA” Brooklyn squad Thomas Jefferson, who won the Federation State Championship two seasons ago, beat out St. Raymond’s High School of the Bronx in the lone overtime contest of the weekend, 81-79.
Sophomore Marcus Burnett led Jefferson with 28 points, and classmate Luis Kourtright paced St. Ray’s with 20.
The third quarterfinal match-up pitted last year’s CHSAA and PSAL champions, Cardinal Hayes and Abraham Lincoln of Coney Island. Hayes fell to Lincoln, last year’s state champion, in last year’s Federation semifinals, but outlasted Lincoln on Saturday, 78-73.
Terrence Reaves, a senior from Hayes, led the team by scoring 17 points.
Monsignor Scanlan was set to serve as Hayes’ opposition after eliminating Benjamin Cardozo High, the lone representative from Queens, by one-point.
Later that afternoon in the semifinals, the two Brooklyn-based rivals, South Shore and Jefferson faced off, with the Vikings controlling much of the contest, before the Orange Wave of TJHS rallied for a high intensity late-game victory, 72-69.
Equally as exciting was Hayes beating Scanlan late, 68-67, earning a spot in Sunday’s Championship.
Prior to the finals was the Rising Stars Game, where Team Blue defeated Team White in a 99-96 thriller. The game’s Most Valuable Player Award went to 6-foot-10 Moussa Cessi of Christ the King High School, who finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks. Jon Kumminga led all scorers with 22 points in the showcase.
In the final game, it was Hayes who earned the first Hype City Preseason Tournament crown with a 64-56 victory over Jefferson, led by Jontai Williams, who had 13 points.