Streetball All-Stars put on a show against Baldwin’s alumni team

DRIBBLE: Street Ball Association All-Star player Randy Gill (left) displays his ball handling skills while being defended by Baldwin’s Damon Nichols on Saturday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

DRIBBLE: Street Ball Association All-Star player Randy Gill (left) displays his ball handling skills while being defended by Baldwin’s Damon Nichols on Saturday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BALDWIN — The Streetball Basketball Association All-Star team put on a display of explosive offense when it played the Baldwin alumni squad on Saturday at the high school.

The SBA team won 202-108 after a game consisting of four 12-minute quarters. Randy Gill, also known as White Chocolate, put on a 3-point shooting display. He was 30 of 42 from behind the arc and was 3 of 3 from the free-throw line. He had 93 points.

Gill’s career best is 105 points with 26 3-pointers.

“I’ve been playing my whole life,” said Gill, who played college basketball at Bowie State University in Maryland. “I became a good shooter by high school. I take 1,000 shots a day. I work very hard on my shot.”

Although Gill was putting on a show on Saturday, he said he does have off nights.

“You just have to shoot your way out of it,” he said.

The All-Stars were up 99-47 at halftime. To make the game interesting for the fans, game officials put the score at 100-100 after the third quarter when it actually was 142-78.

Doug Anderson, of Kalamazoo, had more than 15 slam dunks, including several between the legs.

“That was nasty,” game announcer Ira Childress, a Baldwin graduate, said after one of Anderson’s dunks.

Anderson is a former NCAA national dunk champion with the University of Detroit Mercy.

Anderson said the windmill is his favorite dunk.

“Being able to travel and go to different communities,” has been fun for Anderson, who said he plays as much as he can.

Anderson said he was 13 years old when he did his first slam dunk.

“I kept practicing and got better and better at it,” he said.

John Hinkson, SBA team vice president of business development and marketing, said the players come from all over the country.

Hot Sauce (Phillip Champion), was another crowd-pleasing player for the SBA team. Hinkson said he has a different lineup of players each game. Other players included Duncan Johnson and Roscoe Johnson.

“They don’t play as one team,” Hinkson said. “We have tons of all-stars. We do a lot of international work.”

Que Fitz was the game promoter and booked the team to play in Baldwin, Hinkson said.

“Some of us flew in from D.C. and other guys came from other parts of Michigan to do this event,” Hinkson said.

Anderson was among several Kalamazoo natives at Saturday’s game. Being on the team is a full-time job for many of the players.

“Believe it or not, for a least the top guys, this is all they do, like White Chocolate and Hot Sauce,” Hinkson said. “They play probably 100 or so games, and make promotional appearances and go on international travel.”

Baldwin players included Braeden and Brandon Childress, Aaron Thomas, Josh Kutchinski, Elliott Lindsey and Damon Nichols. Kutchinski and Nichols had strong shooting performances in the second half, but no one could outplay Randy Gill.

“They could get more than 200 today,” Hinkson said of his team after the third quarter. “White Chocolate also plays competitive basketball (with semi-pro leagues). He’s a very good player. He’s a great shooter. This is normal for him.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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