Anybody out there who knows Vidal Massiah??
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Toronto - June 26, 2005
Vidal Massiah was crowned King of Toronto last night for the second consecutive year after defeating Mike Kennedy in a rematch of the final game from 2004 in front of thousands of local basketball fans at Nike Battlegrounds Toronto 2005. The event took place at the Rexall Centre, York University.
As King of Toronto, Massiah won $10,000, a one-year shoe contract from Nike Canada, an ‘iced-out’ BG medallion, a crown trophy and $25,000 in Nike apparel and equipment to be donated to the community centre of his choosing.
"Being crowned King of Toronto last year was an unbelievable feeling," said an elated Massiah. “I came into this year’s event knowing what it takes to win this tournament and just took a one-game-at-a-time approach.”
Nike Battlegrounds Toronto 2005 was an invite-only, win-or-go-home, one-on-one basketball tournament for 32 of Toronto's most accomplished and talented basketball players. On June 24th, Vidal Massiah, Mike Kennedy, Richard Lyte, Kirk Francois, Duane Cross, Mark Passley, Kevin Gordon and Chris Webber survived 24 other soldiers to comprise the 'Elite 8' that competed last night for the chance to be crowned the ultimate King of Toronto's Battlegrounds.
After a total of 31 matches, only the reigning King was left standing. Massiah, who played at St. Bonaventure University and professionally in Portugal and Israel, won five matches on his road to defending his crown, including three grueling matches last night against Duane Cross, Kirk Francois and Mike Kennedy respectively. The final score of 15-9 was much more closely contested than last year’s original match between the two local legends.
Each game was either eight minutes in length or up to 22 points with a 10 second shot clock throughout and one minute of overtime if necessary. There were no out of bounds as the court is completely caged-in.
For the first time, Battlegrounds Toronto also had its own soundtrack. To celebrate the inseparable connection between the game and hip-hop culture, Nike Canada commissioned a compilation CD featuring new tracks from Toronto’s hottest and most talented DJ’s and hip-hop artists. Several of the artists featured on the compilation performed live at Battlegrounds 2005, including Rich London, JD Era, Fever, Rochester aka Juice, The Black Jays and Toronto hip-hop icon Kardinal Offishall. Actor / emcee Shawn “Singlefoot” Singleton and Q Mack emceed Battlegrounds Toronto for the third consecutive year.
"Battlegrounds delivered the authentic summer basketball experience," said Derek Kent, Head of Corporate Communications, Nike Canada. "And, you can’t beat the excitement of a rematch of last year’s final between two fierce competitors. The intensity was unbelievable."
Nike Canada ensured that the authenticity of the one-on-one competition was maintained by making tickets for Nike Battlegrounds Toronto 2005 available free of charge at Nike Toronto and GTA Footlocker locations.
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