It was an old-school, NBA 1990’s style of playoff affair that ended with Dyckman grinding out a 70-63 win over Sean Bell.
Both teams were seemingly neck-and-neck for the entirety of the game, trading buckets with Sean Bell however, normally ahead as they were at halftime 39-35. The primary difference in the game was Dyckman’s second-half defense, which restricted Sean Bell to only scoring 24 points in 24 minutes.
During the same time span, Dyckman poured in 37 points, with many key second-half buckets coming from Antoine Mason, who earned league MVP honors after the championship game.
With rosters changing from week to week at Pro City, the eventual winner could’ve easily just been the most complete team by season’s end. Or, in the case of Dyckman, the team who had the most important additions come playoff time.
Mason, youngest son of the late great Anthony Mason, was one of the most prolific scoring threats at Pro City this season. He was huge all year, especially down the stretch where a 39-point performance in a 135-111 win over the X-Men helped send the borderline Dyckman squad into the playoffs.
However, even with the scoring prowess of Mason, Dyckman had struggled to put together a solid winning streak all summer long.
That all changed when right before the playoffs, Dyckman made two significant acquisitions in getting former nine-year NBA veteran Johan Petro and current Milwaukee Bucks center Miles Plumlee to don the Dyckman orange.
Plumlee made key contributions in the final game of the regular season and the playoff semis to assist in Dyckman getting a title game, but wasn’t available for the finals.
Petro however, recorded 15 points and a team-high 14 rebounds in a huge championship performance in the victory.
Dyckman coach Jim Couch, who’s been around the NYC basketball circuit for decades, says that it’s been a long-time coming for his club, and expressed his overwhelming joy and satisfaction having finished the season with a ring.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am,” Couch said. “When I won it before I had Mark Jackson, Anthony Mason, Kenny Smith, ‘Skip to my Lou’ [Rafer Alston], so I’m so happy. It’s been a long time!”
The aforementioned Mason, who netted a game-high 23 points in the low-scoring affair, ends his summer with a championship trophy and MVP honors from one of the most competitive pro-am leagues around the globe.
“I mean, it feels amazing to win against a team you lost to twice in the pre-season and in the first game,” Mason said. “It’s like redemption.”
He also discusses the significance of his father, who passed away last year, and keeping him in his mind throughout the day, which unquestionably has lifted him on and off the court.
“I always have him in my heart, any day I wake up,” he said. “I know he’s with me, he’s not physically here with me but spiritually he’s on my shoulders, he’s my angel.”
Additionally, Dyckman also received a solid outing from Nate Brown who scored five points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished a game-high nine assists.
The Sean Bell squad lost after putting together the single best regular season at Pro City, finishing 6-1 before the playoffs began. In the finals they were led by Kavon Lynch, who posted a team-best 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Former New Jersey Net and Utah Jazz guard Sundiata Gaines added 13 points and eight boards, while Kyle Hunt added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the team’s lone-double double.
Halil Kanacevic scored four points, but tied Petro for a game-best 14 rebounds on the evening. Malik Boothe, one of Sean Bell’s true standouts, played through a toe injury and scored five points while recording three assists.