Shooting guard Chris Monroe's fast-break, two-handed dunk with 14 seconds remaining not only sealed a win in the Charlie Weber Adidas Invitational Tournament championship game for Potomac Valley, but it marked a sweet end to the team's summer run.
Monroe led the Blue Devils to a 66-58 victory over the D.C. Stars yesterday in the Weber title game at Cole Field House. Monroe, a senior at Good Counsel High in Wheaton, displayed his excellent inside-out game, scoring a game-high 27 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Potomac Valley rallied in the second half to win its first tournament since the Charm City Classic in May.
"It was great to win the last one, especially for the seniors. We came out today and had the same form we did [in Baltimore]," said Monroe, who is being recruited by such schools as George Washington, West Virginia and St Bonaventure.
The Weber tournament, which began nine years ago with a 12-team field, had a field of 64 this year, showcasing some of the nation's best high school talent. According to Weber, the tournament's organizer, 20 of the top 50 prep players were at Cole.
Team Carolina was considered the favorite heading into the invitational. On its roster were four of the top five senior players, including power forward Jason Parker from Charlotte, N.C., who some consider the nation's best senior. But Carolina was upset Saturday by D.C.'s Jabbo Kenner.
"You have to consider many of these players as the best out there," Weber said. "You can see that by the number of schools that came to watch them. When guys like [Indiana's] Bobby Knight and [Georgia Tech's] Bobby Cremins are here, you know there is talent."
Weber also said every ACC school was represented, except for Duke. Other notable coaches on the scene were Michigan's Brian Ellerbee and Seton Hall's Tommy Amaker.
Three Baltimore teams played in the tournament, but only the Baltimore Select won its division. The Select lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Pub Date: 9/21/98