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BALL SIDE MIDDLE

From the mid 1970's through the mid 1980's, Brooklyn was the home for some of the best street tournaments in the country. Prior to this era, places like Soul in the Hole, created by Shu Niles with the help of many others like his brothers and Ray Haskins, created one of the top tournaments in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Thanks to Dudley Edwards, the Hole came back to life in late 70's through the mid 80's. Kingston Park which was once the home of the Rucker tournament was also a park where many generations of community organizers would run top quality tournaments. Then of course there was the Breevorort Sports Foundation, which hosted one of the only night tournaments in the center of the projects. Many superstars and out of town teams came there to showcase their talent. City-Wide basketball tournament was also one of the top in the country. Brooklyn teams competed at all age groups for the chance to represent Brooklyn in the City Wide championships. 

Most notable tournaments during the mid 1970's - mid 1980's

- City Wide Basketball Tournament (St Johns / Gershwin)

- Soul in the Hole (PS 44)

- Nickelodeon (Riis Beach)

- NERO (Wingate Park)

- B.S.F. (Breevoort Coliseum)

- Tillary Park

- Lafayette Gardens

- CYO

and many many more...


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