Everyone wants to talk Goodman, Drew, Rucker, Impact, Dyckman and the rest of the best basketball summer leagues. Did we all forget about Venice Beach? One of the most well-known leagues in the country finished up its season on the first Saturday in September by crowning the Venice All-Stars league champions for the fourth year in a row after they beat the Mean Ones 66-60 in a wild final.
The Mean Ones fell behind by 17 in the third quarter before staging a comeback behind their leading scorer, Zach Andrews (24 points). In the fourth quarter, the Venice All-Stars scored all of eight points and nearly lost all of a 20-point lead from earlier in the game. However, Streetball icon Sick Wit It and “The Beast” were enough to lead the Venice All-Stars to the win, barely holding off what would’ve been an epic comeback.
Another year, and another championship for the Venice All-Stars, running their streak to four in a row.
Other exciting events on the day included a slam dunk contest, won by 5-7 Rodrick a.k.a. King Small after he put down a thru-the-legs dunk off the backboard, a team of league legends from both past and present played a game against Hollywood Hoops and the league’s Bikini Basketball Game took place.
The Venice All-Stars went home with pride and a crazy trophy, which was hand-crafted by Venice Beach artist Flewnt.