Inaugural 757 Youth Summer League refreshing for area coaches

by Jamaar Hawkins, i64sports

The first-ever 757 Youth Basketball Summer League tipped off in Portsmouth, Virginia on Monday. The league, hosted by I-64 Sports, features boys and girls teams ages 7-16.

In the first contest of league play, the Norfolk Dynasty and Greyhounds Elite squared away in Pee Wee Division action. The Greyhounds, paced by Jalen Freeman, led from start to finish in a 25-11 win. Freeman finished with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists, earning Player of the Night honors.

Greyhounds Elite head coach Pe’Aire Bivens was happy to walk away with a win in his team’s summer league debut, but mostly importantly in a city that he currently calls home.

“It gives my team a chance to compete for a championship in our city. Plus, it’s keeping them off the street,” the coach said of the inaugural league which will run for six weeks, with playoffs set to begin on August 7.

Bivens and the Greyhounds will take on a familiar foe in the Norfolk Titans on Wednesday night. Titans head coach Shenise Turner is also grateful to have an opportunity to participate in the inaugural summer league.

“It’s a wonderful thing to be able to have a team compete in this league. With school being out, it gives the kids something positive to be a part of and gives them something to look forward to each week. I am just glad to have so many kids I know involved in it,” Turner noted.

Prior to the rivalry matchup, the Portsmouth Blue Devils and Boo Williams Red Tide will matchup at 6:30pm. All league games will take place at Saint Mark Deliverance Center (3801 Turnpike Road, Portsmouth, VA 23701). Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for kids 12 and under.

While Bivens is respectful of his next opponent, a Titans team he has faced on numerous occasions, the coach has a few choice words ahead of tomorrow night’s clash.

“We respect them, but tomorrow I don’t think it’s going to be even close.”

Turner was a little more diplomatic in her response.

“It’s always great to play {the Greyhounds}. Both teams love to compete so it will be a lot of energy. They call themselves the ‘Dog Pound’ so I guess that makes us animal control,” Turner added with a smile.

Editor’s note: Registration is still open for teams looking to compete in the following age divisions: 7-8, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16. Please email for more information.

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