[Official Tournament Results,
Photos & Commentary
at Bottom of this Report]
Interview with Director Peter Durham
I prefer to fly. Yes, flight does have its advantages,
status, and comfort. Laguardia NYC to Buffalo Niagara
International Airport...an hour and fifteen. It's a
no-brainer. Flying is the way to go. But when
you're organizing for a mature group of twelve,
it's best to keep things as basic as possible.
So, we gassed up, buckled our belts, and pointed
the midsize cars north to the city of Buffalo. The "City
of Good Neighbors." So we hit the road.
We put the pedal to the metal, with our treasured,
trusted, cell-phone gps guiding us every step
of the way. You know the drill. How many times
have we been in this situation? How many road
trips? How many games? How many good times?
The Show on 8-Track
The Original Celtics: One of the greatest teams of their era.
Who are the Original Celtics?
Barnstorming Team, 1931? See Blackfives.org
What is Barnstorming?
So, the latest, inter-city, hoop adventure began, yet
again, on the corner of 125th Street in my beloved
Harlem. The home of the "barnstorming" Harlem
Rens. How many times did the Rens pile into
their vehicles, and point them north, south, east,
and west? Too many times to get a firm count of.
Who are the Harlem Rens?
East Harlem 125th street at 5:45 A.M.
The seven hour drive from New York City to Buffalo
flew by as Sugar Daddy teammates waxed their
opinions on life, US politics, and what else? Basketball.
Let's face it. The fact remains that I am Old School
to the bone...I'm still rocking Pro-Keds, and listening
to Jazz, Pre-Gangsta Rap, Salsa on an 8-Track tapes.
What are 8-Track tapes?
What are Pro-Keds?
musical accompaniment. So for the remainder of this
particular article, I will provide a running notation of
the music booming on my 8-Track player and walk-man
We approach the George Washington Bridge for the
scenic Palisades Parkway North. I carefully review
the available 8-Track tapes and make the following
selection. Charlie Parker on 8-Track
The scenic road to Buffalo Route 86
Interview with NY Legend Greg "Bubba" Garry [Part One]
Fly Like an Eagle on 8-Track
Athletes of all caliber, and size, have arrived for the
2016 Buffalo Masters event. This calendar event is
hosted at the University of Buffalo's Alumni Arena.
Players from all over North America, and the
Caribbean, are locked, and loaded for day one's
athletic competition. The welcome faces, and
authentic hugs are a far cry from what will take
place on the hardwood floor, once the games
begin. Off the Court, we can all hold hands firmly,
and sing, "We are the World" from the tops of our
lungs...However, on the court, there will be no
holding of opponents hands, and singing of
anything....All you will hear is "Incoming!!"...
and "Pass the ammo, I think I have a clear shot!"
I know for a fact that I will have a challenge of
a time, in the 55 Competitive, trying to keep
track of Ricci Greenwood, Warren Prehmus,
Carl Jordan, Sug Ward, and Jim Sweeney.
[Theme Song for Off the Court]
You know Sweeney, the playmaker/shooter,
who can play, and talk trash, with the best of
them. We caught Jim, one of the INDY ALL-
STARS, in a reflective moment, and asked
him to comment on the Buffalo Masters event,
"I look forward to traveling from Florida to
Buffalo every March to play in the Buffalo
Masters Basketball Tournament. Founder Peter
Durham does an incredible job organizing a
well run and highly competitive event. Plus,
he fosters an environment where everyone is
welcome and enjoys his experience."
Head of USA - FIMBA (Federation of
International Masters Basketball Association)
I'm comforted in knowing that I won't be alone
in my battle with the Masters Stars, I've got
back-up from my teammates Gene 'Ali"
Jennings, Whimp Ransom, and Warren
Storey. Yes, they will be in the backcourt
with me wearing that money green, and white
until the final buzzer.
This 2016 Buffalo Masters Time lapse video
was Produced & Directed by Scott M. Dugas
[Thirteen years old]
Round 1 Friday March 11, 2016
Ramsey Lewis on 8-Track
Masters Teams represent many US states,
Canada, and other parts of the free world.
Veterans of the hardwood, ready for action.
INDY ALL-STARS-2nd Place-Age 55 Competitive
It doesn't faze me, any more, when I hear the great
distances that Masters players travel for these
competitions. These statesmen of the game will Drive,
Fly, Bus, Train, Bike, and Walk from parts unknown
to blaze the white nets, and get their hoop on.
OES 60 -Westdale -DURHAM 50
London Huff & Puff, The Ward-
Day Two: 65 & Over Masters Action at Alumni Arena.
Buffalo Blue-Santora 50-BAC,
Indy All Stars- Clearwater-
Fingerlakes, OES 50- London Ballers-
2016 3-POINT CHAMPS with Peter
Durham & Willie "Hutch" Jones
My Old Kentucky Home on 8-Track
UB ORTHO, Loose Change
Footcare- Hobbertoons- Rochester Lions
Charlotte Cosmos- Carnegie- Santora 40
NY Sugar Daddies- Honey Badgers-
Willie H. Jones [Buffalo] with Whimp Ransom & John Marques [NYC]
Bull Durham, Toronto- Sweetwater -OES 55- Mississippi Mudds- Rochester 30
K.W. Selects- Buxmont - Tony Martin
Masters Fight Song
Shannon Hammond interviewing the B-ball Masters
All we need is a fifth: [L-R] Chris Carter [NFL],
Lahh Woods, Leroy Casanova, and Rob Samuels aka Air Canada
Nobody Smiling: "We came to take care of business!"
Elite- Dellagnese- Naptown Players
Purple Boas- Ohio No Limit-
Cleveland Stars, Runnin Floyd-
Darkhorse- Lancaster Warriors,
Team USA- Golden Ward- New Regime
PSAL- Detroit- Stooges
Peter Durham & Team USA [65 Champs]
Game One 55 Competitive
NY Sugar Daddies vs Loose Change
The Lay-up Line
Mos Def on 8-Track
As we warm up, prior to the game, there is
a moment where I look into the eyes of
my teammates on the lay-up line,
and I make a mental note of where our
heads, and hearts are. Looks like we are
just about all in, with the exception of
one, or two of my brothers in battle.
It's not like they are scared to play, and
get it on, it's more like they haven't
bought into what WE are attempting
to build, and share on the court.
The game hasn't even started, and
we are playing a very good team.
We have to find a way to quickly
"Let's Get Ready to Rumble!"
Cal Tjader on 8-Track
Early in the game we have some success
with our collective defensive efforts,
as we challenge every shot, box-out
as a group, and defend well as a team.
So far so good. We only have six
players out of the NYC, with my
Brother Eugene "The Magician"
Jennings joining us from Syracuse.
Loose Change on the other hand
are ten players strong, rotating
line-ups like Roman legions in
the Rhine, every six minutes.
I concentrate on three things,
 balancing the floor
 keeping my team focused
and on task
 Containing their guards,
and minimizing their offensive
production. By the end of the first
half I assess, two out of three
objectives is not bad.
The first half lead see-saws between
teams. We are playing as a collective,
and actually go up eight points by
the end of the first quarter.
Fatigue, lack of effort, and some
obvious offensive blunders, erases
our lead, and by halftime we are
down six. Loose Change has made
a definitive statement, "We are
veterans, focused, strong, and
not giving away any
The Second Half
Coltrane on 8-Track
Loose Change begins to pull away,
with perimeter shooting, solid D,
and controlling the glass. I glance
up at the scoreboard, and into the
eyes of my teammates. We regroup
and make one strong push to win
the dam thing. The veterans of
Loose Change hold onto the prize
and secure the victory. They play
with purpose, poise, and confidence.
We gave a solid effort, and played
unselfishly for a common goal.
We will see them again, hopefully in
the final game on Sunday. Loose
Change is a very good assembly of
a 55 Masters Team...And so are
the Sugar Daddies. Blessings. LW
Game Time: The Final Countdown
University of Buffalo Alumni Arena
[Shannon's Report 3/12/16]
My name is Shannon Hammond, and through
my involvement with the Willie Hutch Jones
Educational, and Sports program I have been
granted the wonderful opportunity to work
alongside Lahh Woods, of NYDLBall.com, at
the annual Buffalo Masters Tournament.
What is the WHJ Program?
This event is hosted at the University at Buffalo
where I am currently working towards an
undergraduate career in the field of nursing.
As you may or may not know this tournament
brings teams from all over the country to one
arena to do what they love, play ball. What
makes this tournament so special is the great
sense of pride, and enjoyment, that can be felt
from every corner of the gym. These men
range in age from 35 to 85, and continue to
come out and play hard in this highly
Next door neighbors to the North: Picturesque Niagara Falls
Throughout the day I was privileged, and
honored, to sit down with many fascinating
players, and hear their empowering tales
of their lives...What drives them to continue
to pursue playing basketball well into their
adult lives, and throughout their retirement.
As the day comes to a conclusion, it became
apparent that aside from the love of the game,
these seasoned athletes are motivated by the
love, and support, they share for each other.
Each, and every, player regardless of what
team they played for, had love for each
other. This weekend host an amazing event,
and I cherish the laughs, and wisdom I was
able to derive from the amazing,
Technical Support: It's an inter-generational team effort
to secure game reports, with an assist from Walt Finden.
I heard many accounts of life, throughout
my interviews with these incredible players,
but a valuable concept was repeated
multiple times. That is, for us youth to
remain focused, stay in school, and stay
active. These guys taught me that age
isn't a limiting factor, especially in the
realm of fitness, and health. As our
bodies age we must stay active, and
never quit whatever it is that we love
to do to stay active, and remain in
I just want to say thanks to all the
players that participated in the
production, we appreciate you all.
You Can Do It on 8-Track
Writer, Producer, Shannon Hammond at work
55 Competitive Game Two
The People vs Two Zebras
Bedford 55 vs NY Sugar Daddies
Your Honor...All I have to say about this game is that
Ted "The Bear" Laan is my dear friend. We met last
year at Detroit Senior Games, and without a doubt,
he's the coolest Canadian I know. Well, with the
possible exception of DJ Jude Kelly [Stooges]...and
er...um...and maybe Doug "Puffy" Combs, the
Bedford 55 Coach. Hell no!...What am I saying?
No way Combs is cooler than "The Bear"
and besides Ted wears cooler shoes than Doug.
That's an admissable fact. Ted Laan is an Ektio
man, and so am I.
What is EKTIO?
So where were we? Oh yeah...Game 2...The tale
of the two Zebras. If I may share with the
court, as I build my case, several interesting facts
about zebras. Zebras are a pivotal aspect of the
delicate, eco-system, and food chain of the
immense savannas, and plains that they forage
through. Like it or not...from Botswana to the
breezy city of Buffalo, we need the zebras.
No Zebras...No balance on the Savannas.
Zebras, with their familiar horse-like physique and their distinct black and white
striping pattern, are among the most recognizable of all mammals. We learn at an
early age to distinguish zebras from other animals (when learning the alphabet,
youngsters are often shown a picture of a zebra and are taught 'Z is for Zebra').
Info from "Fun Facts About Zebras"
Well with that said, I'd like to dedicate the last
two paragraphs to the two referees who sleep-
walked through the contest between the inter-
generational Bedford 55, and the Sugar Daddies.
I know that to have a good, safe, controlled game,
you always need good "zebras with whistles."
And, every now and then, just like with ball-players,
you're gonna happen upon a "stinker." Well, on
this fine occasion we stumbled upon two
"stinkers" in the same herd.
I'm a supporter of good referees. All good
referees deserve our cooperation, and respect.
Tournament organizers and directors, remain
vigilant in identifying incompetent, or short-
cutting referees. This can damage your event.
These two refs, one in his white jogging shoes,
and the other in black, biker-shorts mailed in
their time-cards. [Why not red Speedos?]
How did they ever get certified to referee?
How did they ever get passed campus security?
We may never know. Missed calls. Late calls.
No calls. Allowing moving picks, where people
were actually laid out from the contact... And,
when you calmly, and peacefully, cursed them
out, they had the nerve to give you a technical
foul! [Only kidding]...However, I did have a
foul assessed to me, when I was clearly 90 feet
away from the play. And when I complained,
I was threatened with getting thrown out of
Your Honor, on several occasions during
the game I cried out to the opposing bench
to D. Combs and to my friend, "The Bear",
declaring that I needed legal representation,
or divine intervention, in dealing with the
"zebra problem" on court number 5. When
one ref misses a call, they're supposed to
back each other up, and support one another.
It is a fact that Zebras graze in pairs to
protect themselves. These two refs
should be put out of the pasture.
Permanently. And oh yeah...Bedford 55
beat us by 7.
Early Saturday morning, just when I
thought I'd seen it all, I run into a
great group of Masters players in the lobby
restaurant of the Double Tree. I was on my
way to my morning run, when I was
generously invited to join the group by M.
Crute "El Exigente" [The Demanding One].
Who is El Exigente?
The players assembled at the breakfast bar
were from Ohio, Yonkers, Chicago, Halifax,
NYC, etc. The conversation was spirited,
comedic, and light. I had just thanked the
waitress for the butter and jam, and I was
about to swiftly dig into my light order of
oatmeal, tea and toast, when the shooter
to my left, finally got an assist registered
in the score books. He took me to school
at breakfast. So I have to give a Madd,
Madd Shout to my man Ian "Radar"
Mahoney...I have to credit a game winning
assist to Ian for introducing me to "Peanut
Butter" at the breakfast table. Peanut
Butter and Oatmeal?? I thought I'd
seen it all.
I reached out to Jack Stoner of
the Lancaster Warriors, who are
the 2016 Buffalo Masters Champs
in the 60 Competitive Division, and
asked for his reflections on Buffalo
2016. Jack Stoner stated, "This year
we expanded the roster a bit, again
with local players and won it 60-64
age bracket. The finals game we
were down 11 with 8 minutes to
play and won in overtime against a
Canadian team. We had beaten
the well known Detroit Metro earlier.
It is really fun to be able to compete
against former college division 1 players
from around the country. Our team is
comprised of former Pennsylvania
division II and III college players and
some of us did not even play in college.
Lancaster Warriors 2016 Champs 65+ Competitive
I know of one former NBA draft pick
that played in Buffalo. NFL Hall of
Famer Chris Carter played on a team
in a younger age bracket. In the picture
with the trophy left to right Dan Cisney,
Warren Goodling (Lock Haven
University), Steve Hinnenkamp, Randy
Good, Jeff Ebner (Clarion University),
Bobby Morgan, Jack Stoner, Jeff
Thompson (Dickinson College).
Steve Hinnenkamp and Warren Goodling
made the all-tournament team along
with Randy Good who was voted most
valuable player." Jack Stoner
Lancaster Travel/Action Jackson Sports
Thanks Jack and Congrats on
winning it all at Buffalo Masters 2016.
What I have witnessed at several Masters events,
are the two contrasting formats for success on the
hardwood floor. One system is to gather the best
"local" talent from your town, or city, and stuff
them into a van, or car pool, and go for the gold
putting your hometown on the Masters Map. The
other process is to organize on a national level,
and bring together the "Cream of the Masters
Crop" in your respective age group from all
over the country. This can be a little more
challenging with the coordination of flights,
and minimal practice schedules. I've heard
these teams referred to as "Free Agent
Teams." I spoke to one seasoned Masters
player from Detroit, MI, Roy Smith, who's
been on both sides of the Masters coin. Roy
enlighten us on these two different approaches
to Masters Gold, "I'm a player on TEAM USA
65, and we were 2015 FIMBA World Champs
in Orlando, FL last year. FIMBA Website
Our team is from Ohio, Michigan, Florida,
Kentucky and a couple of other places. The
United States was very successful at the
FIMBA International Games competing
against teams from all over the world. The
US won the 50, 60, 65, 70 and I think we
won the 75 also. So now in Buffalo, or Coral
Springs, FL, teams that were successful
in FIMBA have decided to stay together,
and compete nationally. Now, the teams that
win, are not always the most talented, it's the
teams that play together often that make a
better team. That's the key, teams that know
how each other play from playing together a
lot." Many thanks to Roy "Rebound" Smith
for "clearing the boards" on this emerging
subject in Masters Basketball play, and
much thanks for the snap-shot of the
Team USA 65 Champions in Buffalo.
See you all at the next Masters event! Continue
to play, and teach, the game we know, and enjoy.
So stay in good health, stay in good shape, and
stay in touch. Peace. Lahh
50 Foods to Avoid
MADD, MADD, SHOUT-OUT TO THE BUFFALO MASTERS,
NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP STAFF AND COMMITTEE,
FOR YET ANOTHER INCREDIBLE COMMUNITY EVENT.
THANK YOU PETER DURHUM, YOUR VISION, AND
PERSONAL TOUCH IS ALL OVER THE BUILDING.
WE REALIZE THAT THE HOURS ARE LONG, AND THE
WORK IS HARD...WE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE
CREATED, AND HAVE SHARED WITH US OVER THE
YEARS. CONTINUED SUCCESS IN ALL THAT YOU DO.
[HI THERE NOELLE]
LOVE, PEACE & BLESSINGS...FROM THE STAFF and
FAMILY AT NYDLBALL.com
What is a Shout-Out?
Lost in Translation: What does Madd mean?
Photo Gallery: Part One
What is EKTIO?
Baller Ted "The Bear" Laan [Toronto]
loads up on his EKTIO Shoes
"Quiet on the Set!"
Shannon Hammond & Warren Storey [NY]
Tournament Director Peter Durham
& the 2016 3-Ball Champion
[L-R] Warren Storey, Larry 'Legend" Coombs [Ohio], & Lahh
Before there was a Kevin Durant...There was Bob McAdoo
Lahh & Craig Welch [Akron, OH]
Congrats to the Champions!!
30 Champs-HONEY BADGERS 2nd Pl.-Rochester 30 [105-81]
Honey Badgers & their MVP Jermaine Sharpe [Buffalo]
40 Champs-UB ORTHO 2nd Pl.-Sweetwater [Final 71-48]
UB Ortho 40+ Champs [Buffalo]
50 Champs-BEDFORD 50 [Canada] 2nd Pl.-Santora 50 [63-60]
Bedford 50, the 50 Champs, with Coach Doug Combs
Lahh with members of Bedford 50 [Canada]
55 Rec Champs-MISSISSIPPI MUDS-2nd-Buffalo Blue [78-52]
Mississippi Mudds-55 Rec Division Champs
55 Comp Champs-Loose Change -2nd Pl-Indy All-Stars [84-54]
[Loose Change]- A very good ball club
60 Rec Champs-FINGERLAKES 2nd Pl.-BAC Eggs [55-49]
FINGERLAKES [New York State]
60 Comp Champs- LANCASTER WARRIORS 2nd Pl-Bedford 60 [50-39]
Lancaster Warriors [Pennsylvania]
65 Champs- TEAM USA 2nd Pl. Ohio No Limit [47-33]
70 Champs-NEW REGIME -2nd Place-Clearwater [64-41]
Another One Bites the Dust
Details at Eleven....To be continued...
"More Updates, photos, and player quotes
as they come!"
***Your commentary on these
matters of community, life, and
fair play, are greatly encouraged,