BCAC B-Ball Tykes’ Team Scala & Team Ulrich Go Head-to-Head

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A sudden downpour of rain did not stop the Broad Channel Athletic Club’s (BCAC) Tykes Basketball Division’s Team Scala and Team Ulrich from swooping and hooping on the court with their parents hooting support for a win.

With Team Scala wearing blue t-shirts and Team Ulrich sporting pink shirts covering their knees, going head-to-head in the game, one had to wonder if this lineup would be reflective of District 32’s election matchup this coming November.

Democrat Michael Scala, an attorney and first vice president of the Queens Public Transit Committee advocacy group, is vying to unseat Republican Eric Ulrich’s District 32 City Council seat.

The 32nd District covers the neighborhoods of Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Rockaway Park, Roxbury, South Ozone Park, West Hamilton Beach and Woodhaven.

However, as part of BCAC’s Shamrock Summer Shootout, these four- and five-year-old upstarts were just dancin’ and prancin’ across the court to get a ball in the basket for a win.

As one dad commented, “I don’t care who wins, I just want my kids to have fun!”

As the rains suddenly bathed all the players and families in attendance, no one budged. All spectators were glued on these little tykes determined to get a ball in the basket.

One mom with her twins in tow said, “The rain is good. It’s a blessing for our players from up above.”

Scala, standing in the rain, jokingly quipped, "Whoever wins this game takes the election in November.”

Well if this game is any indication of the steadfast determination and dedication of these little tykes, District 32’s election will be quite a show.

In the end, neither side could claim victory as no one kept score. However, Scala noted the fierce determination and spirit of the children in both teams.

"It's all in good fun," Scala said. "They're getting better at the game."

After the exciting, rain-drenched basketball game, Scala treated the entire league to Italian ices.

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