Madness Trumps Hoop Culture
Kendall Hilton, Fan-I Sports, Goodman Staff Writer,
BARRY FARMS – Goodman League summer basketball was on tilt Wednesday Night, with a few notable DMV hooping legends inside the gates.
It was also an influx of Baltimore basketball, Dylon Cormier out of Loyola College, had a good night from the field leading Bump n Run to a 65-54 victory over the young DC Raiders. Dylon knocked down his first four treys of the game, helping give Bump n Run an early lead. At halftime Dylon scored 19 points while BnR was 40-25.
Second half the young Raiders went on a 13-1 run to start the half. Floor general, Malik, began to press the ball and forced a few turnovers that created the run. Dc Raiders was only able to cut the lead to 38-41 but was never able to turn the corner. Malik finished with 12 points.
Dylon went on a scoring drought for much of the first half, scoring his first bucket at the 6:45 mark but, ended with half with 16 points, dropping 35 for the game. Bump n Run is undefeated and commissioner Miles might have to consider this team as primetime action.
In the main event, it was a court full of big names. Team Madness led by Spongebob and Chris Howard took on the White Chocolate All-Stars/DMV All-Stars, aka Hoop Culture. Aquille Carr aka Crimestopper, and Gerald Brown aka P-Shitty – Goodman 20 representer – were also on the court.
Team Madness came out on top with a 80-72 victory, Chris Howard leading the way.
“It was an okay game, I wouldn’t say big game,” Howard said. “We’re just trying to get better as the summer goes. When you win a championship you got a bullseye on your back, so you gotta keep capitalizing and getting better.”
Team Madness hasn’t had a good June. They lost the opener to the BF Crazies, then their game against Ariyuan was postponed (losing in make up game) so this win against a good team is definitely a good way to end a tough month. Jamal Wise gave Madness great minutes inside, leading the team with 19 points. Cliff also played big, dropping 18 points.
Chris Howard fed both forwards while scoring 11 points. Howard suggest that Madness is still getting their chemistry together, reason for their first month struggles. Playing with new players every game could throw things off, especially for this team who like to only use a 5-man rotation.
Damante McNeil aka Kimbo Slice aka Draymond Green, led Hoop Culture with 21 points, answering Wise buckets on the other end. McNeil is on a hot run, also just coming off of a good day in the Ballholics vs Goodman All-Star game.
The Crimestopper has made a new home Inside the Gates, receiving a lot of love from the Barry Farms faithful. Commissioner Miles mention something that stuck with me and made me think about what’s going on in the city of Baltimore; “If the CrimeStopper is here, than who is in Baltimore?”
Aquille Carr is a legend in the city of Baltimore when it comes to basketball. When he played at Patterson, he was a must-see player, bring much of the city out to watch his games, reason why he received the name CrimeStopper. For the CrimeStopper, playing home doesn’t seem to be a good idea anymore after the murder of Baltimore rapper, Lor Scoota.
“It’s a tough time right now. Everybody need to stop the violence, stop the shooting. RIP to Lor Scoota, My brothers are hurting right now, they were real close to him and his death was all for nothing. So I’m just trying to stay out of the way and don’t even go outside.”
Aquille finished with 20 points but it was bittersweet after our conversation. Being from Baltimore, knowing that things are very hostile in the city right now, it hurts to know that we – as in Carr and myself – have to travel an hour away from home to be apart of something positive and feel safe.