Basketball tourney play winds down After rain delays, semifinals continue


If good things come to those who wait, then the final rounds of the Annapolis Men's Summer Basketball League tournament should once again be something to behold for local fans.

For the second consecutive season, the semifinal round has been postponed more than once due to inclement weather -- which is too bad, considering the excitement generated from Friday night's quarterfinal rounds.

In what League Commissioner Leslie Stanton called the "biggest upset in years," the Seahawks upended Eastern Division regular season champ Hunts Movers 46-43, behind Al Lee's 14 points Jack Jordan's team, who went the entire 12-game season without a win, earned a quarterfinal birth by virtue of a forfeit win over Cape Photo Express.

"The Seahawks have impressed me all year long," said Stanton. "They always play hard and they never give up. During the regular season, they were really getting beat bad by F-Force, but even late in the game, they were still out there hustling and battling. And it paid off on Friday."

In another upset, defending champion Harris and Sons were eliminated by Parole in a double overtime affair, 36-33, as Steve Brewer led the way with 21 points. Pro Jersey, 8-4 during the regular season, turned back Selly's 48-36, as Brett Carter and Steve Foley tallied 17 and 13 points respectively. Selly Butler led the losers with 11 points.

F-Force (also 8-4 during the regular season) occupies the final semifinal spot, as they raced past Henry's Liquors 70-50. Dennis Edwards topped the scoring list with 25 points for the victors, while Rickey Sommerville posted 17. Lee Johnson and Russell Slade notched 13 and 12 points for Henry's.

"It's kind of ironic that Pro-Jersey and F-Force, two teams that had 'down' years, now have a chance to meet in the finals," said Stanton.

The leagues semifinals are slated for tonight at 8, while the finals will be conducted on tomorrow night at 8, weather permitting.

In other summer league action Friday, the Severn Athletic Club's inaugural summer league came to a close, as SAC's 17-and-under Wolverines (8-0) clinched regular season title with a 43-41 victory over the Queenstown Yellow Jackets.

"I'll tell you what, I saw that game for free, but I would have gladly paid money to see that game," said League Commissioner Dennis Williams. "Both coaches did a great job [Severn's Fred Holmes and Queenstown's Mike Boston] of controlling the tempo of the game."

Deymar Johnson, (a possible walk-on hopeful at Morgan State this winter) netted 19 points for the champs, while Howard Community College-bound Austin Johnson tacked on 17. Todd Singleton fired in 16 for the 6-2 Yellow Jackets.

Other age group champs were the Running Aces (14-and-under), and the Annapolis All-Stars, who copped both the 12 and 10-and-under titles.

"[The league] came off better than I ever expected it to. We still have to get some of the kinks out, but for the most part, everything went pretty smooth," said Williams, who may include teams from Baltimore City and Howard County next season.

Sunday, the SAC will cap its season with a slam-dunk/foul-shot/ and 3-point shooting contest, along with an outdoor banquet.

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