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Week 2 Men’s Gold Recap



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The XvsX Men’s Gold League was active in week two of the 2022 season through a competitive three game series last Sunday. In game one, the UK Fighters defeated the SoCal Playaz for a final score of 135-129. Valley Outcast snuck away with a four point victory over the Compton Dinosaurs for a 112-108 win in game two. In game three, the Knights beat NYC Gold 100-95.

Statistical Leaders:

Marcel Burton of the UK Fighters went for a league high 60 points to carry the team in a hard earned victory. He shot an efficient 62 percent from the field consisting 20 made field goals, hit 13 three pointers, and a perfect 7 for 7 from the stripe.

Ryan Carter AKA Hezi God from the SoCal Playaz was the leagues second leading scorer with 49 points. He went 18 of 30 from the field, with 7 made threes.

Valley Outcasts’ Elvin Rodriguez led his team with a double double of 45 points 12 rebounds along with six assists and four steals. He shot 55 percent from the field, totaling 16 field goals made.

Mel Holden posted 36 points for the SoCal Playaz with 11 rebounds and 14 field goals made.

Van Girard from NYC Gold led all players in rebounds as he finished with a double double 23 rebounds topped with 24 points.

Game Recaps:

Game 1: UK Fighters 135 vs. SoCal Playaz 129

After several lead exchanges at the start of the first quarter, the Fighters embarked a 12-0 run, which consisted a pair of putbacks, consecutive threes from Marcel Burton and Famous Los, topped with a layup in transition from Michael Fry. Mel Holden responded with back buckets to deflate the Fighters scoring run. With the Fighters up 67-42 in the second quarter, Darius Allen generated a 9-0 run for the Playaz which was maintained by Mel Holden with two trips to the line. Consecutive scoring runs from the Playaz bridged a 25 point deficipt into a 13 point game to conclude the second quarter. By half time, Marcel Burton tallied 37 points for the Fighters while Mel Holden closed the half with 27 points.

With a 70-57 Fighters lead into the second half, the Playaz dominated the glass on the defensive end, which generated their offense through scoring in transition. The Playaz out numbered the Fighters on the glass defensively in the third quarter, as they compiled 12 defensive team rebounds in the third quarter alone in comparison to seven defensive team


rebounds for the Fighters. Nonetheless, the Fighters had the advantage on the glass offensively, totalling eight o-boards, with 11 second chance points in the quarter. Hezi God went off for 19 points in the quarter to bring the Playaz to a 10 point deficit going into the fourth quarter (100-90).

AJ Basco from the Playaz went on a quick 4-0 run at the start of the fourth. A few possessions later, Hezi God sparked a 5-0 run to cut the Fighters lead down to three (102-99). Marcel Burton, Cam Jack, and Famous Los started to play off of eachother in response to the Playaz fourth quarter vengeance. With five minutes left, the Fighters were up 120-110. A two on two was carried out between Marcel Burton/ Michael Fry versus Hezi God/ Darius Allen. Through the 2 on 2 duration, the Fighters duo scored nine points collectively while the Playaz duo compiled 23 points, and brought the score to 129-123.With less than two minutes remaining, Hezi God scored back to back layups in transition for a two point deficit. Marcel Burton put the team on his back and nailed a four pointer to to extend the lead up six to secure a 135-129 UK Fighters victory.

Game 2- Valley Outcast 112 vs. Compton Dinosaurz 108

After several lead exchanges and a two point differentiation within the final seconds of the game, Valley Outcast pulled away with a 112-108 victory. The three headed snake of Elvin Rodriguez, Allex Austin, and Kenny Barnes each posted double-doubles with 100 points combined amongst the three. For the Dinosaurz, all players scored in double digits led by Rome Flynn with 20 points, four assists, and three steals. Zach Andrews posted a double double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The Outcast threw the first punch for an early 13-3 run. Ammar Rehman got hot from beyond the arch, sinking back to back threes and a bucket in transition to spark momentum for the Dinosaurz. The Outcast let up on an early 10 point lead for a two point advantage going into the second quarter (29-27). A two on two broke out between the Outcast duo of Elvin Rodriguez/Kenny Barnes, later joined by Zay Wilson versus the Dinosaurz duo of Rome Flynn/Zach Andrews. Rome Flynn and Zay Wilson competed to exchange several buckets in two on two play. Flynn started the two on two off with a trip to the line for a 46-43 Dinosaurz lead. Zay Wilson from Outcast subbed in and immediately snatched a steal, then caught a dunk to bring a tie at 49. Flynn responded with a step back jumper to take the lead, until Wilson hit a layup in the following possession to carry out another tie. The Outcast won the two on two battle 10-6 which placed them at a four point advantage to close the first half.

In the second half, Elvin Rodriguez had the hot hand for Outcast with 25 points in the third quarter alone. He scored 16 straight points through a five minute duration which included two four pointers. Rome Flynn disrupted Rodriguez’ momentum, as he hit back to back threes. After a pair of layups from Barnes, Flynn scored an and one to turn a double digit deficit into a 7 point game. Rodriguez handed the torch onto Allex Austin as he led the Outcast in the fourth quarter with 11 points. Joel Brokenbrough came alive for the Dinosaurz at the start of the quarter with a dunk, then dimed off Ammar Rehman in the following possession. Barnes also caught a dunk off a put back to extend a nine point Outcast lead. Rehman and Andrews put the Dinosaurz on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to down to four (103-99). Austin caught a dunk in attempt to put the Dinosaurz away, however it was not long until Rome Flynn hit a momentum shifting three followed by a bucket from Brokenbrough to trail the Outcast by two (110-108) in under a minute left of play. With less than 20 seconds left of the ball game, Rodriguez sunk two freethrows and secured a 112-108 Outcast victory.

Game 3- Knights 100 vs. NYC Gold 95

The Knights took a 100-95 victory in a hard fought game against the NYC Gold. Kwah Gredric AKA ‘Lethal’ led all players with 27 points, eight boards, with 12 field goals made. AJ Harris posted a double-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and a team high five assists. CJ also went for a double double and led the Knights in rebounds with 21 points, 11 boards, and credited with a block. For NYC Gold, the entire starting five finished in double digit scoring led by Chris Staples with 26 points, and shot 11 of 21 from field. Van Girard AKA ‘All-Phase’ posted a double double of 21 points and 19 rebounds. Bhudda Boyd had an all around game with 15 points, seven rebounds, and dished out a league high eight assists. Ant Henderson AKA ‘Hendawg’ chipped in with 19 points while Damian Young AKA ‘Prodigy’ contributed 13 points and six boards.

Ant Henderson posed threat to the Knights as he hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter alone. Bhudda Boyd became a floor general and dished out three assists through the quarter to activate rhythmic offense for the NYC Gold. The Gold struggled to contain CJ who generated 10 points in the first quarter with two threes, a dunk and a transition bucket. The Knights trailed by 4 to close out the quarter (28-24).

A two on two was played at the start of the second quarter featuring the Knights duo of Lethal and Joshua Johnson AKA Mr. Telephone Man versus the NYC Gold’s duo of All-Phase and Prodigy. The two on two was tied 6-6 to advance a 34-32 NYC Gold lead. Bhudda Boyd and Chris Staples generated a six point run which was let up by consistent attacks to the rim from Lethal. Chris Staples responded with a pair of buckets both off of Bhudda Boyd’s assists for a 51-46 advantage to close the half.

AJ Harris became dominant in the second half with 24 points respectively. He opened the third quarter scoring a quick layup before Chris Staples hit an and one for a 5-0 Gold run. In retaliation, Hendawg scored a transition bucket to initiate a 5-0 Knights run and trail the Gold by three. After four straight trips to the line by AJ in a one on one against Prodigy, the Knights went scoreless while the NYC Gold obtained their first double digit lead of the game (71-61).

The Knights attempted to inch their way back into the game one possession at a time. Dashawn Gomez hit a momentum shifting three off of an assist from AJ in the mid fourth quarter. NYC Gold called a three on three with a score of 75-73. NYC Gold got hot from

beyond the arch, starting with a three from Hendawg, topped with back to back threes from Chris Staples. With five minutes left of play with NYC Gold leading 83-81, a one on one was called between All-Phase and AJ Harris. Harris went on an 8-2 run to bring the Knights up 89-85. Tim Johnson AKA ‘Bugatti’ later on nailed a three for a seven point lead. Chris Staples caught a dunk off of an assist from Bhudda Boyd in attempt to spark a run. A few possessions later, Staples hit a four pointer to trail the Knights by five with under a minute left of play. The Knights ended up closing the game with a 100-95 victory.


Words from Chris Staples: The best team is usually the team that shows up… On paper I feel we have the best all around team, but we are still gelling and by the end of the season it’s going to show….We are super athletic…the one on ones are the biggest part of the game because points go really fast and could be a quick lead change, especially if we are up; we have to really use the entire clock.

Words from Bhudda Boyd: We are still trying to get chemistry…It’s just a matter of time until we start figuring out how to play together and where certain people are in certain spots…we have already been talking on the court, so as long as communication is going I am confident that we will have it figured out by the time playoffs come.

League Standings:

The defending champions ‘Australian Knights’ remain undefeated and the Valley Outcast are at 1-1. NYC Gold drops to 1-1, and the Compton Dinosaurz are 0-2.

Up Next: Week three tip off will begin on Sunday, 12:30 at the Mid- Valley YMCA. Games will be live-streamed on Youtube. Stay tuned for post game interviews, statistics and recaps on


The Rise of William Buford: Toledo’s High School Phenom



In the storied history of Toledo’s high school basketball, few players have captivated fans and scouts alike quite like William Buford did during his illustrious career at Libbey High School. Hailing from the heart of Ohio, Buford emerged as a standout talent, drawing comparisons to the legendary Jim Jackson and earning the coveted title of “high school phenom.”

Early Days and Rise to Prominence

William Buford’s basketball journey began in Toledo, where he quickly made a name for himself on the courts of Libbey High School. Standing out with his impressive athleticism, scoring ability, and court awareness, Buford soon became a household name in Ohio’s basketball circles. His performances were nothing short of spectacular, leading to widespread recognition as one of the most dominant players in the state.

Dominance in the Toledo City League

Buford’s impact on the Toledo City League was profound. Drawing comparisons to Jim Jackson, a Toledo native and NBA star, Buford showcased a level of skill and finesse rarely seen in high school players. With his smooth shooting stroke, explosive drives, and defensive prowess, he consistently delivered standout performances that left opponents in awe and fans on their feet.

The Legacy of a Phenom

Throughout Buford’s high school career, the term “high school phenom” echoed through gyms and arenas across Ohio. His ability to take over games and lead Libbey High School to victory cemented his status as a generational talent. Buford’s achievements on the court garnered attention from top college programs, positioning him as a coveted recruit destined for greater success. During his junior season, Buford averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds per game, earning All-State honors. During his senior season, Buford averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds per game. Buford was also named Ohio Mr. Basketball. Buford also participated in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.

National Recognition and Beyond

As Buford’s reputation grew, so did the anticipation surrounding his future. College recruiters from across the country vied for his commitment, recognizing his potential to impact the collegiate game. Ultimately, Buford’s journey continued beyond high school as he transitioned to The Ohio State University, where he further solidified his legacy as a standout player.

Reflecting on Greatness

Looking back, William Buford’s impact on Toledo’s basketball landscape remains significant. His tenure at Libbey High School stands as a testament to the enduring tradition of excellence in Ohio high school basketball. Buford’s story serves as a reminder of the transformative power of sports, inspiring a new generation of athletes to pursue greatness on and off the court.


In retrospect, William Buford’s legacy as Toledo’s high school phenom is etched in the annals of Ohio basketball history. His remarkable talent, dedication, and competitive spirit continue to resonate with basketball enthusiasts, preserving his place among the city’s basketball legends. As Toledo continues to produce exceptional talent, Buford’s story serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring athletes chasing their dreams.

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Play by Play EP 25 Clip



In this short clip from Episode 25 of Play by Play, Jesse talks about the matchup between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA playoffs. Focusing on the importance of team continuity, they highlight how the Nuggets’ cohesion has translated into success on the court, while the Lakers’ lack of continuity has posed challenges for the defending champions.

With the Nuggets showcasing their chemistry and consistency throughout the season, our hosts emphasize how their well-oiled machine has propelled them to compete at the highest level in the postseason. Meanwhile, the hurdles that the Lakers have faced due to roster changes, and a lack of time to develop chemistry.

Join us for this insightful clip as we explore the impact of team continuity on playoff performance and analyze how it shapes the dynamic between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers in their quest for postseason glory. #denvernuggets#nbaplayoffs#lalakers

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Episode 23 : NBA Play-In Drama and Offseason Cowboy Rumblings



Join Jesse in this action-packed episode of Play by Play as he breaks down the intense matchups from the NBA Play-In Tournament. With the Lakers securing a crucial victory over the Pelicans and the Warriors falling short against the Kings, Jesse dissects the implications for the playoffs and speculates on the fate of the Big 3 in Golden State.

Amidst trade rumors and contract talks, Jesse delves into the burning question: Will Klay Thompson or Draymond Green be able to stay with the Warriors? He provides insider insights and explores potential scenarios that could shape the future of the franchise.

But the sports analysis doesn’t stop there. Jesse also turns his attention to the gridiron, examining whether the Dallas Cowboys are making the right moves in free agency to bolster their roster. From strategic signings to player acquisitions, he evaluates the Cowboys’ offseason maneuvers and assesses their chances of success in the upcoming NFL season.

Don’t miss out on this episode of Play by Play with Jesse, where sports expertise meets passionate commentary, and the latest news and rumors take center stage. Tune in for engaging discussions, bold predictions, and expert analysis that will keep you on the edge of your seat. #NBAPlayintournament #DallasCowboys #NBA

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