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The Goodman League All-Stars defeated the Dyckman League All-Stars 82-71 on July 25. (Photo by James Sneed, Fan-I Sports)

The George C. Goodman Summer Basketball League provided another moment its fans will remember for years to come. The Goodman League All-Stars went on the road to New York City and defeated the Dyckman League All-Stars, 82-71, on July 25 at the Monsignor Kett Playground.

The Goodman League All-Stars were invited to New York in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the legendary Dyckman Street Ball Tournament. The anniversary was highlighted with a day filled with street-ball games and a ceremony to commemorate the top 25 players in Dyckman’s history. Players with names like “the Dribbling Machine,” who participated in the And-1 mixtape tour, and “2 Hard 2 Guard,” who is well known for his Dyckman dominance and Dominican heritage, took part in the pre-game for the main event: Dyckman All-Star vs. Goodman All-Stars.

What stood out most about this game was how both all-star teams featured players that currently play in the league on a weekly basis. Neither all-star team went out and recruited NBA stars to play in the game, even though they could have. Instead, the contest showcased the regular street-ballers, giving the game a more classic street-ball feel.

Dyckman League got out the gates early with a 7-0 lead. Meanwhile, Goodman League was firing away from behind the arc too often, hurting them initially because many of those deep attempts were not dropping. Dyckman took advantage by controlling the boards offensively and defensively.

It didn’t take long before Goodman’s fans got their first taste of Dyckman League Basketball when Goodman’s J-Dubb was put into an isolation situation with one of Dyckman’s finest ball-handlers. The referees even forced the other players to clear out so the Dyckman dribbler could show off his skills. Meanwhile, the deejay filled the airwaves with hip-hop instrumentals, and the commentator amplified the situation with clever, fast-talking commentary.

The Goodman All-Stars would eventually overcome its slow start to make the game a tight contest. Goodman’s Terry Hosley connected with Wayne Jackson for an alley-oop that tied the game at 20 with six minutes remaining in the first half. Two trey balls from Corey Allmond gave the Goodman All-Stars a 43-40 lead at halftime. And, from that point on it was all Goodman.

“It’s tough to come up here in New York City and win on the road,” Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls said after the game.

“With the fans being so close to the court, it created a very rowdy and intimidating environment, but the Goodman League faithful, who traveled from D.C. to New York, turned Dyckman Park into the Coliseum.”

J-Dubb survived the isolation mix party Dyckman tried to put him in early on and went on to lead Goodman League while earning game MVP honors. J-Dubb is already thinking about the rematch, which may probably come next summer, this time on Goodman’s home court.

“If they come down to D.C., it’s going to be a different story because I’m going to be in my bag I’m going to have the whole crowd behind me” J-Dubb said.

Even though J-Dubb won MVP, this was a great team effort. Goodman’s Chris Howard did his thing in the post, Marcus Ashton hit a few big three-pointers and Dele Ojo provided the energy off the bench. Head coach Drew Crawford did a great job managing this team to a victory even though it was smaller in height by pushing the right buttons when it came to substitutions.

This was the first time both leagues have played one another. And, though there had to be a winner and a loser, the game was a win-win for everyone involved, especially the Dyckman community. Hopefully both leagues can keep this tradition going so that fans can see this match-up next year “Inside the Gates.”