Friday, August 2, 2013

Dobermans Crush NC All-Stars, Improve to 2-0

Stephen Bardo interviews Austin Freeman (r) after last night's big win 

Four score and seven hours ago, our DC Dobermans brought forth on Smith Center 148 points, courtesy of The-BALL Basketball Alumni Legends League's greatest innovation... the four-point play. Of course, you could just as easily credit Georgetown (and DeMatha) alum Austin Freeman for the win... as the former Hoya scored 40 points, including six four-pointers to lead the Dobermans to a 148-101 win over a team of North Carolina all-stars, coached by UNC legend Phil Ford.

All Gettysburg Address jokes aside, even ol' Honest Abe couldn't have stopped the 2-0 Dobermans last night. Freeman followed up his 37-point gem last Saturday with 40 points on 12 for 23 shooting, as DC jumped out to an early 36-20 lead after one quarter. Fellow Hoya Henry Sims chipped in 10 points in the first 10 minutes, before taking a back seat to the 25' + scoring barrage.

Just in case you thought this was an all-Georgetown show, former George Mason standout Folarin Campbell tossed in 29 points, including a barrage of fours in the final quarter (dominated by DC 55-28!) GW's Tony Taylor added 22, working in perfect sync with his fellow Dobermans; while Carolina struggled to do... just about anything. De'Angelo Alexander led NC with 30 points in a losing effort.

Opening tip: Carolina still has a chance, but not for long

Unlike Saturday's contest against the Maryland Ball Stars, DC had no trouble getting in sync early on. They were up 20 after three quarters, before both defenses decided to stop guarding... allowing 83 combined points in the fourth. I'm all for scoring, but open jumpers are downright dull... even if it's your team who's hitting them.

Once again, the Charles E. Smith Center hosted a big turnout of fans (especially for a weeknight) and they didn't go away disappointed (even though they weren't selling pretzels downstairs... boo, hoo.) T-shirt tosses, gift cards & pizzas for entire rows and sections, and a one-sided halftime contest between a team of giants & underdogs had fans on their feet all night. It's a shame there's only two more games to go: Tomorrow night vs. Virginia, and Monday vs. Philadelphia. The final game will feature the Smith Center return of British Olympian Pops Mensah-Bonsu! Both games start at 7, and you can purchase tickets online (click here) or at the box office.

Best smile of the night goes to this Dance Cam winner

Tonic Trivia contest winner (C is correct!)