PCS hosts top basketball tournament

OCS winning teams and MVP with PCS officials
OCS winning teams and MVP with PCS officials

CHICAGO: Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) organized an all day indoor Basketball Tournament at its 23rd annual Sports Festival on Saturday July 15 at Palatine Park District, in Palatine Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Eight teams from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio with fancy names like “TMT”, “Chicago Different Breed”, “Pick Your Poison”, “No Respect”, “Air Singhs”, “Cincinnati Dynasty”, “Indianapolis Hornets”, and “Milwaukee Sports Club,” but with phenomenal athletic talent registered and displayed extraordinary basketball game skills and stamina.

The Chicago team named “P.Y.P.” (Pick Your Poison) won the tournament by first beating the “Milwaukee Sports Club” team 56 -31 in semi-finals, and then another Chicago team named “C.D.F.” (Chicago Different Breed) 75-41 in the finals.

“Indianapolis Hornets” beat “Air Singhs” 43-32, but lost to “Chicago Different Breed” 51-36. “Cincinnati Dynasty” beat “No Respect” 48-39, but lost to “P.Y.P.” 68-51.

“P.Y.P.” grabbed the first place PCS Chicago Basketball Cup 2017 and a cash prize of $1500 sponsored and presented to the team by Harkewal Singh Lally, a local transport businessman. The team named “C.D.F.” settled for the second place P.C.S. Chicago Basketball Cup and a cash prize of $1000 sponsored by Lakhvir Singh Sahota another local businessman. The award was presented to the team by Raj Dhaliwal, an ardent P.C.S. supporter.

The P.C.S. Chicago Basketball MVP Cup 2017 and a gift check for the M.V.P. (Most Valuable Player) of the tournament, sponsored by Paul Lail went to Mike Cole of “P.Y.P.” The award was presented by Paul Lail himself to the MVP Mike Cole.

Many community members, teams supporters, basketball fans and players’ families watched and enjoyed the basketball games and cheered to encourage the youth to participate in sports.

“P.C.S. aims to encourage our next generation to play sports including basketball, so that one day we may see a few of our own playing on professional basketball teams in tournaments like N.B.A.,” said Sukhmel Singh Atwal President P.C.S. “P.C.S. Chicago intends to elevate this annual basketball tournament to much higher levels in coming years,” said Rajinder Singh Mago, one of the P.C.S. organizers.

All the tournament players, volunteers and organizers were served free snacks, refreshments, energy soft drinks, water and tea all day long, and pizza for lunch.Next P.C.S. major events being planned are “PCS Bhangra Competition” at “P.C.S. Night” on October 14 and “Thanksgiving Day Parade” on State Street in Chicago on November 23.

Harish Rao

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