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#TeamFunsport Leads Liberation H.S. to PSAL ‘A’ Title

Rickey Rivers (Head Coach); Perry Wilkes (Asst Coach); Sheldon Goode (Asst Coach)

Rickey Rivers (Head Coach); Perry Wilkes (Asst Coach); Sheldon Goode (Asst Coach)

by Dwayne Burnett, Multiple Pathways Commissioner

The site was set, Herbert Lehman College “A” Multiple Pathways Boys Basketball Championship game between Liberation Diploma and Metro/BDA. The second seeded Sankofas of Liberation Diploma finished the regular season with a 14-4 record. The top seeded Jets of Metro/BDA completed the regular season with a 15-2 record. The teams met twice in league play with Metro/BDA pounding Liberation in both games; winning by 18 and 20. Liberation Diploma co- coached by Rickey Rivers had excellent guard play led by James Cooper, D Andre Bunce and Kevin Dublin. Metro/BDA coached by Joe Zollo brings an intense defensive presence along with precise offensive execution every time the team steps on the court. Shaheem Trammell, Jahrell Thomas and Donnell Clayton led a talented squad that can score.

The gymnasium was filled to capacity with fans anxiously anticipating this championship game and they were not disappointed. In the first quarter both teams were locked and loaded with strong defensive principles; Liberation steered by D’Andre Bunce’s 9 points led 15 to 10. In the second quarter offensive execution was stifled because of the excellent defense played by both teams; Liberation 25-Metro/BDA-20. In the second half Liberation Diploma’s motion offense was in full gear has they outscored the Jets 44-33. The Jets Donnell Clayton dropped 21 points and Jahrell Thomas added 18 however that wasn’t enough as Liberation Diploma celebrated an outstanding victory 69-53. Liberation Diploma was led by D’Andre Bunce 19 points, George Moody 13points, James Cooper 13points and Kevin Dublin 11points. Congratulations to Liberation Diploma 2014-15 Multiple Pathways A Division Champions.

The Champions - Liberation Diploma Plus High School

The Champions – Liberation Diploma Plus High School

Liberation Diploma Plus is a small intimate transfer school in Coney Island Brooklyn (2865 West 19th Street – Brooklyn, NY). The school has ten teachers serving a population of 150 older students who have accumulated a few credits towards graduation. Liberation does a better job than most transfer schools in getting students to graduate and go on to college, according to DOE statistics. The basketball team won the PSAL title in only its 3rd season operating led by the Funsport staff. We play non-league games against junior colleges giving players the exposure and experience for the next level. Being that Funsport is Under Armour sponsored, our student-athletes get the benefit of wearing the best gear on court. The PSAL awarded us with medals and a banner. The athletes were given Under Armour shoes, jackets, sweatsuits, bags, and rings (contingent on graduation). If you are reading this and know a kid who needs this kind of atmosphere to graduate while enjoying playing in a winning atmosphere, please contact Rickey Rivers at

Left to right: Renee Thompson (Athletic Director), April Leong (Principal), Rickey Rivers (Head Coach), Dwayne Burnett (Commissioner)

Left to right:
Renee Thompson (Athletic Director), April Leong (Principal), Rickey Rivers (Head Coach), Dwayne Burnett (Commissioner)



rrivers | March 8th, 2015

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