On the occasion of the return of Quai 54, the biggest street basketball tournament in the world, victory went this weekend at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to the La Fusion team for men and to I Can Play for the women, the team of Lisa Berkani, also victorious in the three-point tournament. Over 8,000 people attended the event. Luka Doncic, Zion Williamson and Rudy Gobert were among them.
Sound (especially rap), very high-level basketball, incredible guests and a crazy atmosphere driven by five wild speakers (Lukas Nicot, the new voice of basketball in France and commentator of the channel Sports in France), had its baptism of fire), all at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The recipe is known, it has been a hit since the creation of the event, fifteen years ago. It once again delighted the more than 8,000 spectators who came to watch Quai 54, the largest street basketball tournament in the world and dear to its founder Hamadoun Sidibé.
Welcoming Luka 🇸🇮 it was nice 🎤@luka7doncic X @quay54wsc pic.twitter.com/NCW3v7ToM2
—Lukas Nicot (@LukasNicot) July 9, 2022
For the return of the event, “le Quai” had once again seen very big, and not only in terms of musical programming (Yemi Alade, Naza, Fally Ipupa, Tiakola, Leto and Da Baby, the immense star US came to close the debates, followed one another on the ground to thrill the crowd). As they are used to – the legend Michael Jordan, Ray Allen and even Russell Westbrook had notably honored previous editions with their presence – the organizers had indeed seen very big in terms of guests.
AND THE 2022 QUAI 54 CHAMPION IS: THE FUSION 🏆 pic.twitter.com/1lYK214kZ3
— Pier 54 (@pier54wsc) July 10, 2022
The Fusion deprives Le Carte of the double, Berkani takes a double blow
BABY ON BABY 💪🏾
DaBaby reads the Pier 54 scene on fire! 🔥 @DaBabyDaBaby pic.twitter.com/cqF1bY7oSd
— Pier 54 (@pier54wsc) July 11, 2022
Thus, Luka Doncic, the Slovenian superstar of the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, Zion Williamson, another size of the North American championship, and the Frenchman Rudy Gobert, freshly transferred to Minnesota, were present to encourage the teams in contention or attend the two competitions, dunks and three-pointers, two highly anticipated events each year. Tyler Currie won the first, Lisa Berkani distinguished herself by dominating the second (at the expense of Maud Stervinou). The leader of the Flames Carolo also put her name on the list of the women’s tournament, which she won under the colors of the I Can Play team. Berkani, Migna Touré, MVP this year among women, and their teammates, victorious in the final of the Diarra Academy (34-33), at the same time became the first French women to lift the trophy. Among the men, Le Cartel and its star player Mathias Lessort dreamed of doing the double. It missed. Blame it on the La Fusion team and to its leaders the Monegasques Jerry Butsiele and Yacouba Ouattara, the young Algerian international Nadir Hiffi, elected co-best player of this edition for his first participation with David Michineau, or even Yoan Makoundou (Cholet), who was also discovering the tournament. Also helped by Bandja Sy, MVP of the tournament two years earlier, Landing Sané, Steed Tchicamboud, Vafessa Fofana and Georgi Joseph, the winners of this edition, coached by Sacha Giffa, disposed of the defending champions in the final (33-28). It was well worth putting the imposing Quai 54 necklace around your neck. The equivalent of the NBA ring for the winners of the unmissable streetbasket event in the capital.