Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Washington's newest pro sports franchise made a semisuccessful debut last night at George Mason Universsity. The success was a Washington Metro 134-131 victory over the Quincy (Mass.) Chiefs. Not as positive was a crowd of only about 400, who nevertheless saw an exciting, if not artistic game.
The late heroics of Bill Lynn, formerly of Georgetown University, Bernard (Ducky) Vaughan and Rubin Collins gave Washington a successful initiation into Eastern Basketball Association play. After Pat McKinley's basket gave the Metros a 118-116 lead with 3:08 remaining, Collins, Lynn and Vaughan each scored four points to keep the Metros ahead of a frantic comeback by Quincy.
Vaughn, only 5-foot-9, was the Metro's leading scorer with 33 points. He also won over the crowd with his ball-handling and passing.
High for the game was Quincy guard Jerry Fort, formerly of Nebraska, who was unstoppable with 36 points, including several 25-foot three-point jumpers.
"I'm satisfied with the victory." said a happy Metro coach Joe Bonzano. "We didn't play real good defense and we didn't have the dominating big man."
But Bonzano's small forwards and guards carried much of the load. Six-foot-7 McKinley and Lynn, the team's tallest player at 6-11, each came in to score 20 points. Collins added 18, including two spectacular double-hatchet slam dunks.
The opening half was like a relay race with a hot potato. No sooner would one team make a bad pass or commit an offensive foul, than the other would take off at full speed. Both teams showed opening-game rustiness, committing numerous ball-handing mistakes, offensive violations and bad passes.
Fort's 16 points and 14 by backcourt mate Ken Boyd led Quincy, which trailed at the half, 56-55.
The quick hands and strong rebounding of former Maryland center Tom Roy set up numerous fast-break baskets for the Metros.
In the third quarter it was all Fort. The 6-3 guard scored 16 points on a variety of outside shots, and inside floaters. Quincy regained the lead and increased it as turnovers plagued the Metros. The visitors held a 97-88 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Vaughan brought the Metros back pumping in seven points in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter. Roy made two free throws to tie the game at 108. A goaltending call against Quincy center James Garvin on McKinley's layup attempt made it 110-108, and the Metros never trailed again.