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Older hoopsters leave it all on the court in Ohio

When I see fellas of about the same age playing pick-up games at my local community center, I'm impressed that they are frequently the most competitive and determined players on the floor. Either that, or I am just identifying with them more as time marches on, and I am realizing that it's marching across my body, too. 

Chris Russell / Columbus Dispatch

Rick Brooks, left, and Don Brennan take a break on the bench during their lunch hour basketball game at the Columbus Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 7. Slam-dunks are few and far between, but past-their-prime hoops players still know how to get down court, shoot - and challenge calls.

Chris Russell / Columbus Dispatch

Don Brennan attacks the basket during a lunchtime pickup game at the Columbus Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio.