Prior to Saturday night’s win over the Kurk Lee All-Stars, many probably could not remember the last time D.C got a win over Baltimore. At the First Annual As, Bs, and 3s Back to School Basketball Showcase it was much more than just a win for old D.C. This event was put together by two Coppin State Alumni, to give back to the children of Baltimore. Thirty percent of the proceeds are going to help the inner city kids, it is safe to say that this event was a very worthy cause.
The basketball game featured some very well-known ball players from both the Kurk Lee Pro-Am out of Baltimore, and the Goodman League from Washington, D.C. The game was very competitive although it was all in the name of charity. It was a fast paced game full of runs, with the Kurk Lee All-Stars going up as many as 11 in the first half. They were propelled by the supreme three-point shooting of Aquille Carr and Reggie Holmes, who ended the first half with 9 and 13 points respectively. It was a 39-37 advantage for the Kurk Lee All-Stars at the half.
As the second half began the Goodman League showed signs that this would be “the” game that DC finally edges Baltimore, but Josh Selby had different plans as he proceeded to score at will. Whether it was from the three point line or the old fashioned three the hard way, Selby was in a zone. With Selby in a zone, the Goodman League needed to step it up and they did. Key buckets from Jeff Allen and Antonio Haymon allowed them to tie the game up if only briefly. Kurk Lee wasn’t ready to lose this game in front of their hometown. They went on a run to put them in a comfortable lead. A lead that the Goodman League’s Brian Chase personally decided to cut into, B Chase got it going from the three point line and dribbling down the lane for easy baskets. As quick as it took the Kurk Lee All-Stars to be up comfortably, they were looking at a ten point deficit. They fought their hardest to catch up, but Goodman Leagues’ Corey Allmond knocked down back to back three’s to put the game out of Kurk Lee’s reach. The final score was 100- 88 as the Goodman League took the win behind B Chase’s 24 points. The high scoring man for Kurk Lee was Josh Selby with 34 followed by Reggie Holmes with 19.
The game was just one aspect of this event that was put together for the kids, there were many door prizes and t-shirts given out. There was also a half time performance by a youth girls dance team; as well as some of Baltimore’s own who came out to support the cause, even if it wasn’t on the court. NBA great Sam Cassel, who is from Baltimore and now an assistant coach of The Washington Wizards, was in attendance. As well as current NBA players Gary Neal of the Milwaukee Bucks, Will Barton of the Portland Trailblazers, and Donte Green of the Memphis Grizzlies, who are all from Baltimore.
Check out our YouTube Page for Game Highlights and Interviews from the As,Bs&3s Event: http://www.youtube.com/user/willietspeaks?feature=mhee