Senior citizens hit the basketball court

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WCAV) -- It's game time every Monday and Thursday afternoon at Key Recreation Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a group of senior citizens meets up to play basketball.

"We got a great group of guys," said senior basketball player George Delmonte. "Very competitive, they're all in good shape and we have a lot of fun."

They're defending their bragging rights and passing out a little healthy competition sprinting up and down the court.

"They're considered rookies to me," said senior baskeball player Ryland Coles. "I'm considered the veteran of the team."

Delmonte has been playing for 62 years and said his record is 13 three-pointers in a row.

Needless to say, it's nothing but net for the "ballers" who are aged 60 and older playing full court press. However, there is a little wiggle room when it comes to the age restriction.

"We allow you to play if you're about 39 or 40," said Coles. "If you think you can keep up with the old men."

Coles is 78 years old, a Navy veteran, and has been playing senior basketball for 12 years.

"I come out here to get a good work out, not to get hurt," said Coles. "But I can run with the best of them and I can hold my own with anyone in this gym."

Thomas Twomey is 80 years old, has been hooping his whole life and has the formula for a perfect jump-shot.

"The wrist and fingers have the ultimate decision, then you got to have a good ark, and gotta look at the back of the rim," said Twomey.

On average, 12 guys show up and competitively play about 2 games.

"I love all the fellas," said Coles. "We get along. We have our differences and, you know, sometimes they act like grouchy old men."

They might be grouchy, but they're on the court every week for the love of the game, to have a good time and to stay fit.

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