- Posted: 2:11 AM, July 9, 2012
Saturday was my final day of games at the Blue Chip USA Invitational in York, Pa. and I got two treats. I saw two last-second shots and the amazing Saniya Chong of Ossining.
First it was Curtis’ Geena Rosalbo with a runner with one second left to lift NYC Heat-Flaherty to a win. The second came from Molloy’s Amani Tatum. Fortunately, I made the right choice to come back to the NYC Bulldogs after running to the other gym to see the NYC Heat White were still in the first half. Tatum completed a 3-point play with 12 seconds remaining for the win. The smile on her face when she saw me as I looked for an interview was priceless.
Then it was Chong time. As usual, she didn’t disappoint.
On her first touch of the game, she beat the entire defense downcourt, scored and drew the foul. The dynamic point guard finished with 35 points, which could have been 40 had she made a few more free throws. Chong sank four 3-pointers and added seven steals.
She is an underrated passer as well. It’s something that might be her greatest attribute at UConn, Ohio State, Maryland or Louisville, the final four schools she is considering. Her point totals probably won’t reach 50 any more, but surrounded by better players will only bring out all the little nuances of her well-rounded game.
I survived the “tornado," as many described it on Twitter, that was going on outside in York. Molloy coach Scott Lagas texted me saying his team was playing on Court 19 and I figured I’d make it the end of it after Chong and the Hudson River Breeze finished. Little did I know I was on Court 19 already. Perfect.
My plan after the long day was to watch UFC 148 and Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at Hooters ended when I was skipped over for a table while watching the preliminary matches away from the hostess. Instead, it was Friendly’s then watching on my laptop back at the hotel. Silva is phenomenal, but Sonnen handed him a win by trying spinning punch against the most elusive fighter in UFC history. It didn't live up to the hype.
One last food item. If you are ever in York or Lancaster go to Lyndon Diner. For just $7.99, I got a delicious breakfast special of two eggs, two pancakes, three strips of bacon, two sausage links, four pieces of toast and hash browns. I didn’t finish it all – I’m full just writing all of that.
Another successful trip is in the book. Check out the site Monday for some of my player evaluations from the event.