Fans of South Jersey basketball can get their summer hoops fix at “The Battle of the Ville.”
Alumni from neighboring Winslow Township and Timber Creek High Schools, where many of the players come from the talent-rich Sicklerville section of Camden County, will play against each other Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Timber Creek High School.
“It has always been a rivalry game since Timber Creek came into existence, both schools are only separated by Cross Keys Road,” former Winslow Township coach Chris Martin said. “Reggie (Hines) and I have always talked about doing something like this.”
Reggie Hines is the father of former Timber Creek stars Kyle and Tyler, who both scored over 1,000 points for the Chargers before playing Division I basketball and then professionally overseas.
The Hines Brothers, who are from Sicklerville, also run Team Hines Basketball Academy (THBA) with Timber Creek coach Rich Bolds.
“Timber Creek and Winslow is a good rivalry so we thought it would be a good fundraiser,” Reggie Hines said about proceeds going to THBA. “This is what we do, we try to help out with the camps and the AAU teams and we give out scholarships each year.”
THBA has been offering camps, clinics, individual instruction and developmental programs since 2011.
“This year we gave out two $1000 scholarships,” Reggie Hines added, “so the money that we can raise is basically to help the camps and the scholarships that we give out.”
Chris Martin, who is the head coach of Rowan University at Gloucester County College, will coach the Eagles while either former Chargers coach Gary Saunders or Bolds will coach Timber Creek.”
“I told them I will let them fight it out for who will be on the bench coaching,” Reggie Hines said laughing about who will coach the Chargers alumni.
Obviously, the two rivals will have some fun playing, but don’t think there will be any open shots.
“Yeah, it will be competitive, there are some war of the words already,” said Martin, who will also coach his son, Chris, again for the Winslow Township green.
When asked what the betting line is on the game, Martin played along and joked, “I would bet on green, I would bet that money line on green.”
When suggested to Kyle and Tyler Hines that a good fundraiser would be a two-on-two game against Lenape’s Jason and Ryan Thompson, both agreed that the matchup between two of South Jersey’s best brother combinations would be fun to watch for the fans.
“Maybe if they could expand the teams, maybe get a Lenape team, that would be cool,” said Jason Thompson, a former first-round draft pick of Sacramento who played eight seasons in the NBA before playing in China last year and is in the area since he will be running his camp next week.
Thompson signed to play in Turkey this year with Euroleague champions Fenerbahce. His brother Ryan plays in Germany.
Tyler Hines has played professionally in Greece while Kyle signed a two-year extension to play for CSKA Moscow in the VTB United League and was named the Euroleague Best Defender last year.
“They are really good guys and we stay in contact,” Thompson said about the Hines Brothers.
Even without the marquee two-on-two matchup (hint: maybe next year), The Battle of the Ville promises to be entertaining.
“We are really excited about the game and hopefully making it an annual event,” Kyle Hines said.
The game will be officiated by sanctioned referees and will be played in Timber Creek’s air-conditioned gym, so conditions will be perfect for bragging rights.
“We want it to be crowded and we want people to have fun,” said Reggie Hines, who played in some NFL preseason games with the Cowboys and had tryouts with the Dolphins and Giants. “We're going to have fun and each year we want to make it better and better.
“There will be some talent on both sides of the floor.”
The Winslow Township roster includes Antraye Miles, Chris Martin, Cedric Smith, Mike Simpson, Shawn Valentine, Adonius Melvins, Andre Green, Derrick Murray, Robbie Grant, Sid Brown, Manny Lowe, Ron Melton, Craig Speller and Josh Askew.
The Timber Creek roster includes George Sapp, Jeff Lewis, Amir Fantroyal, Alex Smart, Caleb Bowser, Randy Bell, Tyler Hines, Kyle Hines, Sameen Swint, Denzel Washington, Ron Padgett, Nick Nixon, Kojo Marfo and Dikemba Amugo.
“The kids know each other,” Martin said, “and like I said, are separated by Cross Keys Road, one is the Gloucester Township side and one is the Winslow Township side.”