Peoria boys ready for rematch after basketball game with police goes viral

Posted: Updated:
Jayden Sormani, Jaiden Gonzales and Joshua Rostran played basketball with Peoria police officers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Jayden Sormani, Jaiden Gonzales and Joshua Rostran played basketball with Peoria police officers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Officers David Ayres and Sarah Trieu played a pickup game with the boys. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Officers David Ayres and Sarah Trieu played a pickup game with the boys. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The boys say they want a rematch. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The boys say they want a rematch. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It is a simple moment that has captured the attention of people around the world, and the World Wide Web.

It was two kids, two police officers and a game of basketball.

It all happened in Peoria a week ago.

Those kids posted the video online because they say they wanted to highlight something positive, but that does not mean Jayden Sormani, Jaiden Gonzales and Joshua Rostran don’t also want a little revenge.

“It's Josh, Jayden and Jaiden,” they tell us at the Peoria Police Department. “We want a rematch with you guys at basketball.” 

That after these best friends got schooled in basketball last week by Officers David Ayres and Sarah Trieu after they got a call about kids trespassing on a court near Kiwanis Park at 78th Avenue and Sweetwater. 

“Just shooting around, but also at the same time, kind of intense, until the cops won, unfortunately,” says Jayden.

But it was actually the officers who got schooled first because after being booted from the courts once, the kids were ready when cops showed up last Monday.

“So we came back Monday and we had the city form, saying it is part of the park. So that way, we're good,” Jayden says. “We have been playing there since fifth grade, and we are juniors now in high school, so it is kind of sacred to us.”

Although courts are part of the park, sometimes the gates are locked, which the boys admit does not always stop them.

“So we would have to hop a fence to get in and play,” they say. 

That was the case a week ago Saturday when Ofc. Trieu had been called.

“Me and another officer went in there, said the gates are locked; I love the fact you guys are playing basketball instead of other stuff, but you just can’t,” she told the kids playing there. 

But with gates unlocked and paperwork in hand, Monday it was a different story. 

“I said looks good to me, want to play some ball,” Trieu remembers saying to the boys. 

“They did a little trash talking, kind of goaded us on a little bit, saying they could beat us, so we had to represent the Peoria PD,” Ofc. Ayers recalls.

“So we just started playing around with the cops, and like, 'Hey let's play,' and then we ended up playing a game of basketball. It was fun,“ Josh said.

Jaiden recorded the match, which the friends posted online.

“It was just entertaining to watch them. So I felt like I had to capture that moment,” he says.

Now they have a taste of internet stardom, they are ready for more.

“We should try to get on Ellen,” they joke.

Josh says he has some moves to show them.

“I am very icy with my handles. I consider myself a pretty elite player and I feel next time we match up I am going to get them,” Josh said.

Laughing, the officers say they will be ready.

“If they want us to come back with more back-up so they can get schooled some more, I am totally down.”

Both the boys and the officers say they hope the video in its own way can help build better relationships between police and citizens, especially youth.

By the way, you can see that video here. We will keep you updated on any rematch.

Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


  • Social Connect

  • Contact

    AZ FamilyAZ Family ContactAZ Family FacebookAZ Family TwitterAZ Family InstagramAZ Family Haystack