By Scott Kindberg
Fresh off another Gus Macker Tournament title, former Jamestown High School basketball star Maceo Wofford was asked if he'd be playing in 3-on-3 events into his 50s.
Team Breth — from the left, Dusty Carlson, Maceo Wofford, Steve Breth and Dave Bucheit — won the top men’s division championship at the Gus Macker Tournament last weekend at Darien Lake.
''No, no, no,'' he said with a laugh. ''The way I play now, I'll be lucky if I have four or five years left.''
The way he's playing now, however, the 34-year-old former Western New York Player of the year may be better than ever.
Playing with Dusty Carlson, Steve Breth and Dave Bucheit, Wofford scored 11 of his Team Breth's first 12 points, including a game-opening 6-0 run, en route to an 18-12 victory over Bottoms Up in the championship game in the top men's division at Darien Lake on Sunday.
The championship marked the second straight for Wofford and Breth, who were part of the winning Gerald's Barbershop team that won the Macker when it was held in downtown Buffalo.
''I'm telling you what,'' Breth said, ''I play all over and I haven't played with anyone better than (Wofford). If it wasn't for his size, he'd be playing for money at the highest levels. As far as ability goes, he does everything extremely well. He makes life easy for us. Nobody really cares who gets the credit.''
But, Breth says, everybody knows who is the best player.
Competing against a team that featured past Macker champions Nick Parisi, Aaron Turner, Dan Gilbert and Jose Narvaez, Team Breth split two games with Bottoms Up, setting the stage for the title contest.
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''It wasn't like we were playing the sisters of the poor,'' Breth said.
Leading the way was Wofford.
''I can't jump as high and run as fast, but as I get older, I've learned how to play,'' the former Iona College guard said. ''I'm a lot slower now, but I'm stronger.''
And, despite his proclamation that he plans to hang up his hightops in four or five years, he's still as busy as ever. In addition to playing twice a week at the Jamestown YMCA, Wofford travels twice a week to Erie and treks to Buffalo on Sunday for more games.
''So, I'm playing every single day,'' he said.
This weekend, his crew travels to Hornell for another Macker, followed by trips to Syracuse and Olean later in the summer.
''You get a win like (in Darien Lake) and it kind of charges your battery,'' Breth said. ''I'm excited for the rest of the summer.''
Wofford is, too, although he'll miss his first game on Saturday in Hornell, because he has training commitments with two area high school basketball players.
''It's not about me anymore,'' he said. ''It's about them. I love seeing kids get better. Basketball is all I know.''
And, as usual, he aced another Macker final.