Chicago Native brings more than championships to a city that needs it
AUGUST 22, 2014, Chicago, IL – Chicago native Tony Bennett helped Code Black bring another championship to the city of Chicago. His performance throughout the tournament earned him the MVP of the Chi-League, and also the MVP of the World Basketball Festival.
Playing all over the world, the 6'1' guard brought his global experience to the Chicago tournament and put on a performance to be remembered. After a successful 14 PPG and 6 APG season in Canada's NBL, Tony locked in and became the rock his team needed when the time came for impact play.
'My time playing all over and against so many different levels and different type of players really helped my game a lot because I'm a student of the game,' said Bennett. 'I feel there is always room for improvement, so I steal little moves, thoughts, and ideas of how different players approach the game and incorporate it in my game. I even learn from those that I compete against.'
In order to be the MVP and be considered one of the best, Bennett knew that he would have to step up and be the leader in whatever way the team needed to win.
'I captured every big moment that came about to keep us winning, whether it was a big 3, steal, charge or clutch free throws I knew I had to grasp the moment.' Bennett said when talking about taking control of the game. 'In the Chi-League championship game I didn't shoot great but made the biggest 3 of the game to put us up two. Then they scored to tie it back up and I made the biggest steal of the game for a layup putting us back up two to seal the win! I played the entire weekend the way I pride myself which I call "H2, Humble & Hungry'.'
Although the accolades are something to be proud of, Bennett knows this is about more than just him.
'Overall the tournament was great, not just for the players but for all the positivity it brought to my city Chicago. It created an outlet for the youth and jobs for adults and youth at a time when Chicago really needs a positive push,' said Bennett when discussing the impact basketball has on the violence of Chicago.
With summer wrapping up, Tony looks to head into the fall season at full speed and continue his MVP quality play. Currently, he's eyeing a potential return to Canada or a possible season in Europe, South America or Asia. Wherever he goes, you can be sure he'll make his hometown Chicago proud.
You can connect with Tony via social media with the handle @TBMR40Plus. You can also visit his website www.TBMr40Plus.com to get up to date information.
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