APJ Boxing Club recaps their Golden Gloves expierence

By Stefan Anderson

“Hardwork, focus and determination will get you to where you need to be” said APJ Owner and Trainer “Kap” Patterson.

With two of its fighters, Tyriece Stokes in 178 lb.division and Dominique Crowder in the 123 lb. division, to the New York Daily News Golden Gloves championship, the APJ Boxing Club is relishing on the moment and want to ride the momentum to carry their boxing gym to the next level.

After falling short in semifinals for the past two years, Crowder, earned the revenge he was seeking when he defeated Ariel Lopez from Gleason’s gym in Brooklyn, NY and is heading to the National Golden Gloves tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 16th.

Stokes, fell short in his title bout with Patrick Aristhene from Freeport PAL. Although he lost in the finals, Stokes has appreciated the lesson from his title fight and hopes to make the third time a charm similar to his teammate Crowder and capture the “Gloves” in the upcoming year.

Both boxers and their trainer “Kap” Patterson recap the experience at the Golden Gloves and what it meant for APJ Boxing Club. The trio along with the many fighters who train in APJ daily, are all working toward enriching the boxing culture amongst the city of Poughkeepsie, NY.

With the city’s first NY Daily News Golden Glove champion, it will certainly expand the sport along the small city on the Hudson River.

 

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Making History ! or Making History ?

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By Stefan Anderson

To return from a retirement to a 4-2 defeat to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern conference semifinals in 1995, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were looking for revenge.

“I think it was without question the biggest motivation coming that following season,” former Orlando Magic head coach Brian Hill said. “Michael Jordan played the whole season with an unbelievable will to win. There were eight to 10 games where he basically willed his teammates into winning games.

The vengeance they sought was a record setting 72-10 season solidifying  the 95-96 Bulls as one of the greatest, if not the greatest team ever.

One game away from eclipsing Chicago’s record, the Golden State Warriors will have to beat the team provided their magic, the gritty Memphis Grizzlies. 

After falling down 2-1 to the Grizzlies during the Western Conference semifinals last season, the Warriors magical season appeared to coming to end and the old adage of fast, jump shooting teams could never win a NBA championship.

As told by soon to be named back to back MVP, Stephen Curry during an interview with ESPN’s Zach Lowe in February the losses to Memphis motivated the Warriors to get back on track to where they were.

“It wasn’t clicking. We didn’t have our usual flow, as Coach Kerr would call it. For whatever reason, Memphis found a way to muck up the game. We had to shake it out, and get back to who were. We showed our resilience rolling off three straight, and doing the same thing against Cleveland.”

“That has made us such a more mature team going into this year — having gone through that.” said Curry.

The Bulls went on to sweep the Magic in the conference finals the following year en route to their first championship of their second three-peat.

Golden State has the same opportunity to turn motivation into history with their Wednesday night win over Memphis, while continuing to defying the odds set against them on how great of a team they too are one of the best teams we’ve ever witnessed.

The Magic will forever be etched in NBA history not only for Nick Anderson’s missed FT’s in the finals and his infamous “didn’t look like the old Michael Jordan,” and “No. 45 doesn’t explode like No. 23 used to”, but were responsible for assembling a top-five guard-big combo in Shaq and Penny.

Memphis might not be remembered in the latter years, but have been a maverick of their own, with their grit and grind style of play in today’s NBA.

But if the Grizzlies can find another way to “muck up” the game again, it will the brightest spot of their gloomy injury ridden season. Memphis will be amongst the New York Giants of 2007 and University of Wisconsin of 2015, keeping them in the history books as not only the team that helped to inspire the storming Warriors, but that stopped the possibility of 73-9.

 

New York Knicks F Derrick Williams talks with the Starting Point

By Stefan Anderson

Derrick Williams of the New York Knicks sat down to discuss a range of topics with The Starting Point during a charity event hosted at Quinnz Pinz in Middletown, NY. Williams along with Knicks teammates Pine Bush, NY native, Cleanthony Early and Kevin Seraphin participated in the bowling charity that gave proceedings to the Kevin Shaw Foundation and the Middletown Middies sports program.

Shaw, who passed away in a tragic car accident, was a good friend of Williams during their basketball encounters. Shaw known for his impact on the court and as coach  for the infamous New York City’s Gauchos  program. The event was a great opportunity for some aspiring players including the NYS Class AA state finalist Middletown Middies to get acquainted with professionals.

Check out the interview above.

Westchester Knicks G Travis Trice talks with The Starting Point

By Stefan Anderson

Westchester Knicks guard Travis Trice spoke with The Starting Point following their final regular as the Knicks head to the NBA Development League playoffs. Trice, following a good career at Michigan State University playing with good talent like Draymond Green, Adrien Payne and Denzel Valentine gathered many deep postseason runs and is hopeful to use his experiences to propel Westchester.

Averaging 15.3 points and 5.7 assists per game, Trice has teamed up with highly touted prospect Jimmer Fredette to combine into one of the best back court tandems in the D-League. Trice and Fredette will showcase their skills as they face off against the record-setting Maine Red Claws in an opening round series.

What A Time

By Stefan Anderson

The 2016 NCAA Men’s Tournament was filled with a range of emotions and some legendary matchups that killed brackets, bets and predictions from anyone you can think of.

It started with some of this….

Then there was some of this ….

This was setting for Monday evening’s classic National Championship game, between North Carolina and Villanova. We saw two of the best, consistent teams in college basketball and got what we ordered then some. It would be hard to say that the best team won the game but I will say that the more disciplined team did.

You cannot discredit how great of a season the Tarheels had but the Wildcats were proven to stick with their game plan good, bad or indifferent. They were going to play tough defense and make North Carolina beat them from the outside and if they get a chance to score in the paint they will harass penetration from ball handlers and hound big men when close to the rim. Villanova held UNC tandem of Johnson and Meeks to 7-18 from the field.

The Tarheels closed the first half shooting 7-9 from outside but as hot Carolina seemed to be they could not shake off the determined Villanova Wildcats. Villanova’s strategic defense plan to keep the high flying UNC offense to play at their tempo kept them alive no matter how many haymakers the Tarheels threw at them. But when you shoot 58 % from the field it’s hard to counter any attack.

The win was perfect for Villanova and embodied the greatness that this tournament exemplified. Villanova coming from the “weak” Big East conference proved why they placed at the top of the rankings all season. Despite what their regular season may look like, they played three tough games to head to the National Championship. To beat the top ranked Kansas team, shut down the best player in college hoops in Buddy Hield and Oklahoma to then completing it with a win over North Carolina, Nova rightfully deserved this title. This win is a great win for a great team and should cement Coach Jay Wright’s Hall of Fame career.