"It's All About The Game"

i95Ballerz Summer League Semis and Finals






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Potomac walks away with the 'chip.


August 15, 2013 - Tucked into a corner of Northwest, DC, Lamond Recreation Center is part of that communities fabrics, providing children, adults and seniors with options for a healthy life. Those who decry such centers as unnecessary need to educate themselves by touring that facility.

Lamond was the site of the i95Ballerz.com Summer League (i95SL); a seven week competitoin consisting of 12 teams, i95SL was an excellent opportunity for boys high school teams to grow as units.

All hail this year's champions, Potomac High School (MD).

Potomac HS (MD) - CHAMPS!

In semifinal action on August 6th, Princeton Day (MD) defeated Dunbar (DC) 49-40 in a hard fought battle. Princeton Day would end up nursing a slim four point lead well into the second half, riding the offensive prowess of Brian Bettor (11 points) to victory.

Senior Malik Norfleet chipped in 10 points for PD, while class and backcourt mate Marcquise Reed equaled that scoring amount.

Dunbar, a feisty, competitive crew missing several key components got a game high 14 points from senior guard Kenneth Beckley, while junior guard Ty Gaskins scored 13. Vernon Slater, a junior point guard, scored nine points for the team.
The day's second semi matchup, Potomac (MD) vs Edison (VA), was equally as hard fought, with the former prevailing 45-34.

Similar to the first contest, this one also saw an offensive performer take over, with senior guard Dion Wiley (a future Maryland Terp) doing the honors. The difference was an 18 point Potomac lead with 11:36 remaining, instead of a nip and tuck affair.

Wiley logged 10 points, while fellow fourth year guy Marques Robinson dropped eight. Junior forward Anthony Smith led all scorers with 14 points.

Chief Amoah, a senior point guard, paced Edison with 11 points and multiple assists. Junior guard Drew Lakey followed him with nine points and senior shooting guard Marcus Brumsey tallied seven.

Dion Wiley, i95SL MVP.

Wednesday, August 7th arrived with a sense of anticipation - i95SL's two best teams were set to face one another for the 'chip. Sometimes expectations go unmet, and this was the case here, as Potomac won handily 59-37.

Propelling the Wolverines to a 'V' were the frontcourt pair of Smith and senior Dayjor Dickson. That duo not only dropped 19 and eight points, respectively, but also dominated the boards.

Wiley paced led all scorers with 21 points for Potomac, which jumped to an early lead, never looking back. Robinson chipped in 10 points.

Reed of PDA led them, dropping 15 points. Impacting the team's ability to score was not only Potomac's pressure and zone defenses, but the absence of Bettor, who had a family engagement.

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