WASHINGTON D.C — Commissioner Miles decided to bring his show on the road Saturday afternoon, taking his Goodman All-Stars to George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia to take on the Balloholics All-Stars. The commissioner did his best to make the top roster from the Goodman stars and he chose wisely as his squad defeated the Ballaholics 95-78.
“This is the 20th season and I don’t plan on taking no L’s” commissioner Miles said.
Since last summer the Goodman League has defeated other pro am giants Dyckman, Watts, and now the Balloholics. Commissioner Miles’ ability to put a team together has been flawless. DC basketball legend, Stacy Robinson of Dunbar High, was the head coach, controlling the rotation of Goodman stars.
“I substituted like Georgetown!” coach Stacy said. “I subbed 5 for 5 and we made a great run.”
Hugh Jones aka Baby Shaq, Randy White aka White Chocolate, and Dele Ojo headlined the Goodman roster. Baby Shaq is just returning from touring with Ball Up in Australia, and finished with 7 points, knocking two threes in the first half. The Goodman All-Stars didn’t get off to a fast start. The Ballaholics jumped out to an early 7-3 lead, riding the back of their big man Darian Townes out of Arkansas class of 2008. Townes had a huge dunk in the first two minutes of the game, that eventually woke the Goodman All-Stars. Townes finished with 19 points, leading all scorers.
Goodman didn’t make their first run until coach Stacy made his first sub of the game, down 21-28 with 8 minutes remaining. Justin Black (Morgan State) and Bruce Massey (Middle Tennessee) led an 8-0 run for the Goodman All-Stars, knocking down a couple threes and playing tough defense. When Goodman finally took the lead, they never lost it, going into halftime with a 48-37 bulge.
Massey and Black combined for 26 points off the bench. All 12 players on the Goodman roster scored, a reason why they won so comfortably.
The Balloholics had a few notable Goodman players on their roster such as Christian Jackson aka Super Boo, Jimmy Black Jr. and Tyc Snow. Joe Posey out of James Madison class of 2006 was also on the roster, finishing with 9.
Even though they lost, it was a good event for the Balloholics, who also had a youth game and legends game prior to the main event. Balloholics founder Ty Harris is a former professional basketball player, playing his college ball at Bethune-Cookman. He also manages NBA players Ty Lawson and Michael Beasley, and the WNBA’s Tierra Ruffin Pratt.
“We already signed up for a rematch next year, [Miles] was scared so he had to bring the heavy hitters out here,” Harris said.
Harris acknowledged that the Goodman League is the best summer league around, once playing in the league himself during his prime years. For him it is honor to be apart of Commissioner Miles’ 20th season.
“Anytime you do something for 20 years, it’s great!” Harris said.
Games will resume Inside The Gates for the upcoming weeks. Competition is steadily heating up and the big names are starting to appear. Aquille Carr aka CrimeStopper, the Baltimore legend out of Patterson high school showed face Inside the Gates this past week, playing on White Chocolate’s squad taking on the Drew All-Stars. The Drew All-Stars walked out as the victors but The CrimeStopper gave the Goodman faithful the show they were looking for.
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Author Kendall Hilton, founder of Fan-I Sports Group and Fan-I.com, has covered the Goodman League for multiple seasons.