Nassau basketball legend loses in tourney championship, $250K

Nassau basketball legend loses in tourney championship, $250K
George Beamon. He was defeated 10-9 in overtime in the championship game of the Ones Basketball League. (Photo courtesy of Ones Basketball League)

In a thrilling matchup, Roslyn’s George Beamon lost in overtime in the Ones Basketball League’s championship game.

Beamon, 31, has played around the world since his time at Roslyn High School and Manhattan College. He booked his ticket to the OBL finals in Las Vegas on July 15-16 after taking first place and $10,000 in the Los Angeles regional tournament on June 19.

In a pre-game interview prior to the championship game, he dedicated his performance to God. All Beamon does, he said, is “pray and work.”

“Whoever is in front of me, I’m going to go out there and give it my all, use the God-given talent that God gave me to manifest my dream,” he said. “You know what I’m saying? Let that continue to take me. I walk by faith, always.”

In an intense title match, John Jordan defeated Beamon 10-9 in sudden-death overtime. The game ended with Jordan hitting a contested shot to win the title and the $250,000 prize.

Basketball legend Tracy McGrady established the OBL to recognize the top players in one-on-one competition. It gives individuals who did not play in the NBA for a long time the chance to show off their abilities.

Beamon received All-Long Island and All-New York State accolades as an RHS Bulldog during his junior and senior years. He had the highest scoring average on Long Island as a senior, with 34.2 points per game. In 2008–2009, he guided Roslyn to the Class A Nassau County Championship.

While a Jasper, he twice made the first team of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He led them to the MAAC championship as well. They went to March Madness in 2014 because of this.

Beamon spent a year in the NBA G League, the NBA’s official minor league, after being undrafted out of college. During that season, he played for the Texas Legends and Oklahoma City Blue.

Since then, he has competed in Switzerland, Canada, Portugal, Iceland and the United Kingdom.

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