Hoops Old-Timers Still Talk Plenty of Game

The Old-Timers hosted its 58th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner May 5 at Sirico’s Caterers in Dyker Heights. Five new members – of which four were products of the local CHSAA – were enshrined for their basketball accomplishments as they joined the list of over 200 deserving inductees.

Frank and Barbara Layden

Niagara Hoops Court Named for Brooklyn Coach

The basketball court at Niagara University – Frank Layden’s alma mater and one of his many coaching destinations – was re-named to honor him and his wife Barbara.

St. Francis Terrier Hoops Star Turns Pro

Former St. Francis College basketball standout Ben Mockford signed a pro contract with Caceres, a team in the Spanish Basketball Federation.

NBA Ref Dick Bavetta Hangs Up Whistle

Longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta, a native of Park Slope, announced his retirement Aug. 19 and retires with the most games officiated at 2,635.

Russell Smith (Photo courtesy University of Louisville Athletic Communications)

Molloy Hoops Star Reaches NBA

Former Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood, basketball standout Russell Smith will be suiting up this fall for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

Dick Bavetta to Break Cal Ripken’s Mark

NBA referee Dick Bavetta, born and raised in Park Slope, will work his 2,633 consecutive game tonight at Madison Square Garden when the New York Knicks host the Brooklyn Nets.