The “Battle of the City” matchup between the Goodman League and the Watts League that was originally scheduled for June 24 at the Barry Farms community court in Southeast, D.C. has been postponed to a new date that has yet to be determined.
But the Goodman League still managed to put on a show for fans on June 24 by playing out a couple of games that were delayed from the previous week due to weather conditions.
Among the crowd was Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant, who had just come from competing in the NBA Finals. Durant told the Goodman League staff that he wasn’t interested in speaking with the media, but judging from his smile you could tell he was happy to back around his home area supporters.
Durant shook hands, hugged fans, took pictures and signed autographs for a while before taking a seat beside Rawls to watch as the White Chocolate All-Stars took on the Sweat Mob during the headlining game.
The White Chocolate All Stars went on to win, advancing their record to 2-1 through the first three weeks of the season. Sweat Mob fell to 0-2 on the season.
“Special thanks goes out to Kevin Durant who came to watch the games [June 24],” said Mac Williams, media relations manager for the Goodman League. “You made the Goodman fans and the DMV proud!”
Another exciting game that occurred during the third week of the season was a “barn-burner” between Funk House and Madness that went into overtime on June 19.
“Both teams were playing hard, and Funk House was scrappy as ever, playing their trademark hard-nosed, and physical defense,” Williams said. “On paper it looked as if Madness should run away with the game but Funk House came to play and gave Madness all they wanted. In the end Madness won by only two, but Funk House showed they are a team to be reckoned with.”
Williams said he’s now excited for Opening Day of the Goodman Coalition Weekend League, scheduled for June 30 at Spingarn High School in northeast D.C.
“We’re hoping to have a great turnout like we had last summer,” Williams said. “It’ll be great for the community.”