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Fall League ends with bang






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Douglass takes one on the chin from Clinton Christian in league's final game.


October 18, 2013 - The Douglass Fall League ended, and fittingly so with a 56-53, late second win by Clinton Christian (MD) over host Douglass (MD) last night. Senior Byron Hawkins sealed the win with a steal, and-one sequence with just two ticks on the clock.

Douglass fought back from a 31-22 CC lead, with deployment of a 2-1-2 3/4, second half press being the catalyst. Prior to that, CC simply passed over their attempt to pick up full court man, resulting in a number of easy baskets.

Byron Hawkins, here shooting a runner, was the game's hero.

An interesting twist also assisted in Douglass' comeback: With 3:22 remaining, Keyante Frager hit three pointer from the left corner. As the ball tickled the twine, one of his teammates was fouled, and given the team's two shot, free throw bonus status at that time, a pair of charity stripers were awarded. After the dust settled, a 45-43 Douglass deficit morphed into 48-47 advantage.

Close to two minutes later, Hawkins answered with a game-tying three ball, which preceded his end-game heroics.

In prior action, Flowers beat Crossland 50-39, while Surratsville defeated Westlake 48-40. All of these schools exist in Maryland.

Following is a rundown of several Douglass players.

Marsalis Hurley - 6'5", 180 pound senior forward - Possessing a good GPA and basketball I.Q., Hurley can find teammates on the interior, is long, and active. He must get stronger, as well as expand his game to function comfortably beyond the lane offfensively.
Division II schools have shown some interest.

Keyeante Frager - 5'10", 175 pound senior shooting guard - A good corner spot up shooter, Frager is a tough, strong guard with a fairly quick release. Will compete.

Needs to show better point guard instincts to broaden his recruiting profile, which now includes D2 interest. D3's St. Mary's and Goucher are on his trail.

Tyler Smith - 6'5", 215 pound junior forward/center - Smith has to improve his offensive footwork in the paint and maintain defensive focus and aggression plus get better laterally, yet still impresses with an ability to drive against bigger players and post smaller ones. He will also go after shots.

According to Douglass' coach Tyrone Massenburg, "Tyler has improved a lot" since last season. His staff expects that to continue.

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