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Heaven's Playground 8th Annual Tournament

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Newark Ballers Take HP8 Crown in Fall Classic

It was a battle to the finish as the winning team, "Newark Ballers", made up of Stephon Treadwell, Salik Smith, Treymane Lewis, and Josh Brown overcame the odds to win the November 5th tournament at Seton Hall Prep.

"Trey" was nominated by the tournament's referees as 2006 Most Valuable Player.

The runner-up team of the "Fall Classic" was the "Legend Express", made up of HP veteran Chris Zabady and his friends, Matt Swatt and Billy Chiusano.

Newark Ballers went undefeated throughout the tournament, until the first game of the finals, when "Legend Express" defeated them in a close game. It looked as if Newark Ballers might have finally met their match, but, after getting off to a big lead in Game 2, they finished strong, taking the Heaven's Playground "Fall Classic" trophy.

The event, which attracted 16 teams from all over northern New Jersey was our organization's first autumn event. We hope to make the "Fall Classic" an annual event along with the traditional "Shootout" of early summer.

Due to the generosity of our family and friends, Heaven's Playground was able to raise over $1,000 for Operation Smile, an organization that repairs childhood facial deformities all over the world.

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