The Livingston Junior High Pep Squad was on hand for halftime entertainment.
Livingston Go Getters Steamroll TDCJ, LIVINGSTON, December 4, 2012 - Marty Drake's Livingston Go Getters came out with guns blazing and promptly destroyed the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Officers (TDCJ). The TDCJ's players were comparatively clumsy, inept and totally inaccurate in their shooting skills (or lack of). Although TDCJ did try, Drake's Go Getters were just too much as they made winning a basketball game handily look easy. As is the case with sports and losing teams who just can't get it together, at one point during the game, a TDCJ player lost his composure and was whistled for a technical foul. The player began mouthing off to the official (Raymond Ortiz), prompting Ortiz to eject the player. The player continued to mouth off and Sergeant Ronnie Bogany with Livingston Police Department was forced to restore civility to friendly game by placing the TDCJ player under arrest for disorderly conduct. As he was being escorted out, he continued mouthing off to the officials. The game was such an easy win for the Go Getters that it was laughable. When the final buzzer sounded, the devastation was complete: Go Getters 61, TDCJ 37. The same can't be said for the local peace officers who played the same go getters earlier this year. While the Go Getters won that game as well, and at least the peace officers kept the game close. To date, no organized local team can seem to beat the Go Getters formidable lineup of players like Keith Hampton, Sammy Drake, Kendall Parrish, Shanta "Sweetness" Burch, Pam Coats, Destiny "the Thriller" Peters, Billy "the Posterizer" Parrish and the like. In the next few months, it'll be the peace officers turn again, but with the dominant Go Getters looming presence, the peace officers might need more that physical practice, they may need counseling to get past this mental block.
Super Star: Keith Hampton (one of the Go Getters' most dominant players) drives to the basket for a bucket.
Precision ball control, Pam "the Professor" Coats' ball skills makes defenseing her nearly impossible for any opponent.
The mark of a great team: Wesley "the Shark" Starkey would consistently hit free throws due to the clumsy TDCJ's fouls which came early and often.
Sammy "the Bull" Drake nails a short range field goal. Drake's superior shooting was a sharp contrast to TDCJ's bricks and airballs.
Kristina "Tuttie" Y'Barrbo hits a basket against the TDCJ's flaccid defense.
In the second half, Head Coach, Marty Drake told his players to take it easy on TDCJ and not win by triple digits.
The Professor (Pam Coats) was not only precision, but her speed overwhelmed TDCJ.
Tuttie nails a free throw.
Bull in a china closet: Sammy Drake and the go getters were just too much for the TDCJ players. The Bull's passing skills were quite evident.
Billy "the Posterizer" Parrish lived up to his nickname. Parrish scorched TDCJ throughout the evening lighting up the scoreboard.
The Truth Comes Out: Kaitlyn "the Truth" Dean came in and tormented TDCJ. Here, the Truth banks in an easy shot against hapless TDCJ.
Shanta "Sweetness" Burse hits a short range basket for the Go Getters. When Burse gets the ball, she's a threat from anywhere on the court.
Destiny "the Thrilla" Peters looks to shoot the ball. The Go Getters depth of talent with players like Destiny make them an elite team.
The Bull nails another bucket for the Go Getters.
One TDCJ player learned the hard way about losing his composure with the refs. Seargeant Ronnie Bogany with Livingston PD was forced to restrain him with cuffs after the player was ejected from the game for disorderly conduct.
The player continued mouthing as he was being escorted.
Jeremy "Rolling Thunder" Coats was accurate from the free throw line all night. Coats drills another for the technical that caused the ejection of the previously mentioned player.
Known by his teammates as "Father Time", Robin Robinett is one of the Go Getters seasoned players and a team leader. Robinett and the other Go Getters received T shirts from TDCJ at the conclusion of the friendly game.
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