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Play by Play Ep 19 – Celtics & NBA Unpacked, and the NBA’s Defensive Quandary

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In Play by Play Episode 19, we dissect the Celtics’ recent performance with an impressive record of 37-11 (22-2 at home). Tatum and Brown’s questionable shot selection and end-of-game disorganization come under scrutiny. Notable stats include Derrick White’s 16 pts and 4.7 assists, KP’s 20, Tatum’s 27, Brown’s 22, and Holiday’s 13.

The Bucks face a shakeup with Adrian Griffin’s firing, raising questions about Giannis’ involvement. A spotlight on the new coach, Doc Rivers, adds intrigue.

The episode dives into concerns about the NBA’s defense, drawing comparisons to the ’90s, highlighted by standout performances like Embiid’s 70 pts and Luka’s 72 pts. Should the Lakers consider moving from Ham?

Other highlights include discussions on Dillion Brooks, Draymond Green, and a broader debate on the NBA’s perceived softness, with referee issues, like Matt Strus of the Cavs receiving a tech for handing the ball to a ref, coming into focus.

For more sports news, visit winorloseshow.com. Play by Play Episode 19 is proudly sponsored by p360studios.com.

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The Glory Days of Toledo City League Basketball: A Journey through the 80s & 90s

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the City League in the 80s and 90s stands as a legendary era that shaped the memories of fans and players alike

In the vibrant tapestry of Toledo’s high school basketball history, the City League in the 80s and 90s stands as a legendary era that shaped the memories of fans and players alike. As you reminisce about the fierce rivalries and iconic teams, it’s impossible to ignore the captivating saga that unfolded on the hardwood.

The Macomber Macmen, led by the indomitable Jim Jackson, etched their name into the annals of history with a state championship in 1989. Macomber who a formidable adversary of Scott High closed their chapter in ’91, but the flame of competition endured with the Libbey Cowboys dominating the 90s. The battles between Scott and Libbey at the University of Toledo became the stuff of legend – intense games, passionate crowds, and an electric rivalry atmosphere.

The cast of characters in this basketball saga was nothing short of remarkable. Players like Chris Poellitz, Melvin Newbern in the 80’s, Steve Wheeler, Nakia Witcher & Jamarr Riven in the 90’s, and Dennis Springs, Rob Sanders in the 2000’s were a few of my favorite players to watch at Scott. The Bowsher Rebels, featuring future NBA champion Dennis Hopson in the 80s and Keith Triplett & Mike Menchacha in the 2000’s, added their chapter to the City League legacy. St. Francis, guided by Todd Mitchell, brought home a state championship in 1983, marking a pinnacle in the league’s history. St. John’s was led by Coach Ed Heintschel, St. John’s Jesuit, under the stewardship of the legendary Coach Ed Heintschel, stands as a formidable force in high school basketball. Coach Heintschel’s influence extends beyond the court, as he has nurtured and guided hundreds of young men, molding St. John’s Jesuit into a basketball powerhouse. The team’s impressive legacy is highlighted by the eight All-Ohio first team honorees under Coach Heintschel’s leadership. Moreover, the program has produced multiple NBA players, including the likes of Brian Roberts, and Vince Williams, currently making his mark with the Memphis Grizzlies. Other powerhouses like Central Catholic Irish, Woodward Polarbears, Waite Indians, and DeVilbiss Tigers added depth to an illustrious era.

At the helm of the Scott Bulldogs was the revered coach, Ben E Williams. Under his guidance, the Bulldogs claimed the state championship in 1990, showcasing talents like Scoop Williams, John White, Kashif Phillips, and Calvin White. The coaching rivalry between Williams and his former assistant Leroy Bates, leading Libbey to several state championship runs in the 2000s, that produced players like Eyuless Palmer, Marques Fobbs, William Buford, Nate Miles, Ronnel Isom, Jamaal Mays added another layer of drama to the narrative.

The City League of the 80s and 90s was defined by team basketball, intense rivalries, and the sheer passion of players and fans. Fast forward to today, and the landscape has evolved. One-on-one training, AAU, and traveling teams have become the norm, ushering in a different era of basketball. While individual skill levels have soared, some yearn for the days of collective team prowess and the intensity that defined high school basketball yesteryears.

In this modern era, where individuality often takes precedence, there’s a call to bridge the gap. A desire to infuse the intense spirit of the past with the improved individual skills of today’s players. The hope is to find a balance that honors the legacy of Toledo City League basketball while embracing the evolving landscape of the game.

As we reflect on the unmatched era of high school basketball, let’s continue to support our local youth athletes. Whether it’s through nostalgia for the glory days or an appreciation for the evolving game, our support remains vital in shaping the future of Toledo’s basketball legacy.

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Beyond Borders: Brian Roberts’ Legacy in Toledo to International Courts

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Brian Roberts, a basketball standout hailing from Toledo, Ohio, emerged as a determined force in the game of basketball, leaving an enduring impact on both the local and international stages. Graduating from St. John’s High School in 2004, Roberts showcased his prowess with three-time Associated Press All-Ohio selections and pivotal contributions that guided St. John’s to the state championship game.

His journey continued at the University of Dayton from 2004 to 2008, where Roberts’s four-year college basketball career unfolded with remarkable achievements. Averaging 15.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game, he garnered numerous accolades, including Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team honors, All-Atlantic 10 second team honors (twice), and All-Atlantic 10 first team honors. Notably, Roberts was recognized for his academic excellence with Atlantic 10 All-Academic team honors and NABC Division I All-District 10 first team honors.

Despite facing the setback of not being drafted in the 2008 NBA draft, Roberts showcased resilience by joining the Orlando Magic’s and Los Angeles Lakers’ summer league squads. His journey then led him to Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa in Israel for the 2008–09 season, marking the beginning of his international endeavors.

In 2012, Roberts caught the attention of the NBA once again, joining the New Orleans Hornets’ summer league squad. This opportunity led to a multi-year NBA deal with the Hornets, and on March 25, 2013, he delivered a standout performance with a career-high 18 assists, aiding the team in snapping the Denver Nuggets’ 15-game winning streak. The following April, the Hornets transformed into the Pelicans, and Roberts continued to shine, finishing the 2013–14 NBA season with the highest free throw percentage.

Roberts’s NBA journey included trades to the Miami Heat and later to the Portland Trail Blazers in 2016. His debut with the Trail Blazers, contributing seven points in a victory over the Golden State Warriors, added another chapter to his impactful career.

In 2018, Roberts embraced a new challenge, signing a one-year deal with the Spanish club Unicaja. His final playing year was in 2019, concluding a remarkable career characterized by determination, resilience, and a consistent pursuit of excellence on the basketball court. Brian Roberts remains a Toledo basketball legend, leaving an inspiring legacy for aspiring players in the game.

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Chris Darrington: Building a Legacy in the Glass City

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High School Stardom:

Christopher Magale Darrington Jr. embarked on a basketball journey that began with a resounding impact at Toledo Scott High School. Graduating in 2015 as a four-year basketball letterwinner, he left an indelible mark, earning the titles of District Player of the Year and first-team All-Ohio during his senior year. His stats reflected an all-around player, averaging an impressive 23.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 4.0 steals per game.

Elite Scorer and Leader:

Darrington’s prowess extended beyond high school as he entered the collegiate scene at Vincennes University. As a freshman (2015-16), he showcased his versatility in 31 games with 15 starts, contributing significantly to the team’s 26-8 record. Not only did he rank second on the team with 11.7 points per game, but he also demonstrated leadership on both ends of the court with a team-high 4.4 assists per game and a stellar 1.80 assist/turnover ratio.

Elevating his game in his sophomore year (2016-17), Darrington earned first-team NJCAA Division I All-America honors at Vincennes. A pivotal figure in the Trailblazers’ 32-3 record and District XVI championship, he led in points (20.7) and assists (5.1) per game. His extraordinary scoring ability was highlighted by memorable performances, including a career-best 45-point game and a 33-point showing in the NJCAA Tournament.

Collegiate Journey Continues:

Transitioning to the University of Tennessee as a junior (2017-18), Darrington faced new challenges in the competitive SEC. Despite coming off the bench, he contributed to the Volunteers’ success with an average of 2.6 points, 0.8 assists, and 0.6 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game. Notably, he battled through an ankle injury during the preseason, showcasing his determination on the court.

Following his time at Tennessee, Darrington played for the University of Toledo Rockets during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, averaging 9.4 points per game.

Glass City Wranglers Leadership:

Now a vital part of Toledo’s professional basketball scene with the Glass City Wranglers, Darrington has continued to evolve as a player and a leader. In the previous season, he averaged an impressive 30.3 points, 4.6 assists, and 4.5 rebounds, serving as both a vocal leader and leading by example. Under his guidance, the team achieved a commendable 17-9 record.

As the new season approaches, Chris Darrington stands as a testament to resilience and excellence, from his high school days to making history as the first Tennessee men’s basketball player from Ohio. His journey, marked by accolades, leadership, and an unwavering commitment to the game, is a testament to the legacy he continues to build in the heart of the Glass City.

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