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Chicago Represents at Nike's World Basketball Festival

Teams from the Windy City participate in Nike's celebration of basketball

By Bryan Crawford
|  Monday, Jul 16, 2012  |  Updated 2:31 PM CDT
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Chicago Represents at Nike's Basketball Fest

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Teams and players from the City of Chicago competed in Washington, D.C. during the Nike World Basketball Festival

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The Nike World Basketball Festival is the brand's celebration of basketball's culture and performance.

Two years ago the festival was held in New York City and this year in Washington D.C., with Chicago being well represented with Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick of the New Orleans Hornets competing for Team USA and Naperville native, Candace Parker, of the Los Angeles Sparks, competing on the USA women's squad.

Nike also staged a City Tournament of Champions which consisted of the top streetball teams from New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chicago; a dunk contest featuring Osiris Eldridge from Wendell Phillips High School and Illinois State University; and a Global Challenge Tournament that pit some of the world's best basketball players under the age of 19 against each other.

Morgan Park High School star Billy Garrett – whose father coaches at DePaul and was in attendance – competed for the Midwest team which won the Global Challenge Tournament by defeating Team Canada.

Unfortunately, the rest of Chicago's competitors didn't fare as well.

Team Chicago lost in the single elimination City Tournament of Champions against Team New York in the opening game in overtime, and Osiris Eldridge fell to Justin Darlington of Los Angeles, who is better known as Jus Fly, in the dunk contest.

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