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Head Coach: Pat Fava

Coach Fava has worked with the Towers since July 2009, where they made their way for the first time on the scene at the DAAA National tournament, held that year in Brooklyn, NY.  The Towers finished with the Bronze medal that year and Pat made it his priority to prepare the team for the future.  Over the next year, in preparation for the DAAA tournament in Nashville, Pat organized the team on the offensive side of the ball, as well as on the defensive side.  His strategies and leadership went into full form in Nashville as the Towers swept the competition to take the Gold medal in only their second year of tournament play.

As a true sports fan, Pat’s love of the game has allowed his dedication to spread like wild fire through the rest of the team to create a great sense of unity within the group.  Despite having a busy schedule with work and his undergrad studies at Stony Brook University, Pat always finds the time for the New York Towers.

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Posted: Aug. 17, 2010

New York Towers rise to National Power

One year removed from their Bronze medal performance, the New York Towers basketball organization has captured the National Championship at the DAAA National Games. DAAA, stands for the Dwarf Athletic Association of America, which provides an opportunity for dwarf athletes to compete on a level playing field. The Towers are made up of dwarf athletes from the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania area.

After capturing the bronze medal at the 2009 Games, the Towers were hungry to capture the National Championship at the 2010 Games. They began practicing on a monthly basis and their practice paid off.

The New York Towers used their strong defense and fast break opportunities to capture the title. In their first game they cruised to a 54-4 victory over the Royal Strikers. Leading scorers for the game included Jahmani Swanson with 16, Nic Novicki with 8, and Conor Ennis with 7. Blaze Tres Foster and Danny Fava grabbed 8 rebounds a piece and Justin Tompkins led the way with 12 assists.

In the second contest, the Towers took on a new squad, the Revolution. The Revolution gave the Towers a run for their money but the Towers’ speed and versatility allowed them to come away with a 44-27 victory. Conor Ennis led the team with 12 points, including a spectacular 4-point play. Jahmani Swanson finished with a double-double, 11 points and 13 boards, including 6 on the offensive glass. Christopher Cassella hit 2 clutch free throws down the stretch that put the game out of reach. The semi-final victory against the Revolution gave the Towers a berth into the championship game where they were set to square off against the Statesman.

The championship game against the current world champion, the Statesman,  was one for the ages. The Towers came out firing on all cylinders and jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead in the first 4 minutes of the game forcing the Statesman to take an early timeout. They continued their pressure defense and forced many turnovers, which led to easy baskets at the offensive end. A scary moment in the second quarter when Jahmani Swanson went down with a brief ankle injury, but the Towers didn’t let that phase them. The bench play of guards Steve Cotoia and Johnathan Horton allowed the Towers to continue their dominance without their super-star point guard. The Towers took a commanding 19-0 halftime lead and never looked back. The game ended with the Towers winning 27-17 and capturing their first ever National Title.