Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Max's All Stars Hosts Second Annual Hall of Fame Game

On Monday, August 19th, 2019 - Max's All Stars hosted our second annual Hall of Fame Game at Basketball City. Marvin Billups Jr and John Simmons were the team captains. A draft was held on August 18th to determine the rosters for each team. The roster for Team Marvin was Damion Staple, Herman Billups, Kevin Johnson*, Kevin Young, Marvin Billups Jr (Captain), Patrick James*, Ronnie Worthen Jr, Shereef Taylor, Spencer Smith, Shereef Taylor and William Davis. Team John's squad featured Angel Gonzalez, Corey Orgias, Doug Herring, Jason Lewis, John Simmons (Captain), Kaheem Davis, Nikola Djurdjevic, Rob Thomas, Shaun Diaz and TJ Curry.
* - Kevin Johnson and Patrick James were traded from Team John to Team Marvin for future considerations prior to tip-off.

It was a highly entertaining and competitive game! Both teams played great! Team John took a ten-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Team Marvin kept fighting and overcame a seven-point deficit in the final minute. Down by three in the final seconds, William Davis hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game! In overtime, both teams exchanged baskets and after some controversial officiating the game was tied late. After Team John turned the ball over, Team Marvin got the ball back and called timeout with 00:01 left in overtime tied at 135. Shereef Taylor inbounded the ball to Herman Billups who hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to win the game for Team Marvin! It was an incredible finish to an amazing game! Herman's clutch game-winning three not only clinched the win for his team, but also earned him the MVP award. He finished the evening with 21 points/4 rebounds/3 steals/1 block. Full game stats are included below.

After the game we inducted four members into the Max's All Stars Hall of Fame - Rob Thomas (Class of 2018, but was not able to attend last year) and our Class of 2019 - Shereef Taylor, John Simmons and David Seagers (who was not able to attend this year). These men have made a tremendous impact on Max's All Stars over the years and we are thrilled to recognize their achievements. They have all earned their place in the Max's All Stars Hall of Fame.

Thank you to everyone who participated - all the players, fans, family and friends who came through to show us love and support. Thank you to Dave Schoenholt and Basketball City for providing the gym rental, referees, scorekeepers, filming the game and providing a championship trophy; Lifestyles Sports for the jerseys and CustomInk for the t-shirts; Crown Awards for the MVP trophy and Athletic Awards Company for the Hall of Fame plaques. Special thanks to Sadia, Mandy, Janiris, Denice, Sandra, Camry, Casey, Sarah Straub, the Gonzalez family, Kobe Smith, Carl Gibson and all the wives/fiancees/girlfriends/children/family members/friends/supporters for coming through as well. You guys are the absolute best! Love y'all!
Back row (from left to right): Kevin Johnson, Jason Lewis, Corey Orgias, Spencer Smith, Herman Billups (MVP), Damion Staple, Patrick James, Marvin Billups Jr (captain), Max Margulis, Kevin Young, Nikola Djurdjevic, Angel Gonzalez, Doug Herring, Kevin Major, Rob Thomas, TJ Curry, Shaun Diaz, Shereef Taylor, William Davis. Front row (from left to right): John Simmons (captain), Kaheem Davis (with his son, KJ).
Box score from the Second Annual Max's All Stars Hall of Fame Game
Final Score (OT): 
Team Marvin (white jerseys) - 138
Team John (blue jerseys) - 135
August 19th, 2019
Basketball City