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August 2, 2013
Free leads DC and game vs NC
August 2, 2013 - Last night's Alumni Legends League (The-Ball) contest pitting D.C.'s Dobermans against North Carolina's Ball-Stars got ragged towards the end, as little defense was played in George Washington University's Smith Center. Such happens sometimes when teams jump to early, near insurmountable leads in summer hoops.
Former Georgetown Hoya Austin Freeman took advantage, finishing with 40 points in the Dobermans' 148-101 smashing of NC. He added six rebounds, while teammates Tony Taylor finished with 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists and Folarin Campbell notched 29 points and six rebounds.
All of these Dogs padded their stats in the second half: After three and four point shots from DC's Jai Lewis (14 points) early in the fourth quarter, shots that extended the Dogs lead to 101-76, Campbell splashed a four, followed by one from Freeman, a three pointer from Taylor, another four-ball via Freeman, Lewis's stick back, and back to back threes from Taylor. (Four point shots are a The-Ball innovation).
A DC timeout immediately after, with the score 126-91, the onslaught later continued as Campbell splashed a four pointer, as did Freeman, followed by another one from Campbell.
Luckily, that was the last as the final buzzer sounded. Actually, the game was over far before that, given the Dogs' 61-39 halftime advantage. D'Angelo Alexander led NC with 30 points, while also adding nine boards. Justin Gray notched 20 points, five rebounds and three dimes.
Their teammate Curtis Withers contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, while also providing a good mano-mano situation with Hoya alum Henry Sims: After dunking on Sims - who was under the basket with his back slightly turned, Sims later sprinted down the court and finished an alley-oop, to the cheers of local hoops fans. Sims finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Next up for the Dogs is a Virginia team, scheduled to dress Joey Rodriguez, Frank Hassell and Kevin Anderson, amongst others. The game occurs Saturday at 7p. ESPN3 will broadcast the event, and tickets can be purchased at the Smith Center's door.
See our Premium Court message board for exclusive photos of Sims and Freeman. Also there is a discussion of their individual performances.