Eddie Jordan overcame a poor shooting performance and sank an eight-foot jumper with two seconds remaining to give the Chuck Taylor All-Stars a 145-143 come-from-behind victory over the Big M Trotters in the semifinals of the Union Coaliton Summer League yesterday at Dunbar High School.
The All-Stars will meet 1789 for the championship today at 2 p.m. at Dunbar. 1789 used the Georgetown combo of Craig Shelton and John Duren to beat the Washington Bullets, 161-152, in the other semifinal.
Jordan (New Jersey Nets) had made only two of 19 shots prior to his game-winning basket. Following a three-point play by Robert Reid (Houston Rockets) that tied the score at 143 with 16 seconds remaining, Jordan took the in-bounds pas from teammate John Lucas (Golden State) and worked nine seconds off the clock before sinking the winning shot.
Lucas, a former Maryland all-America, led all scorers with 42 points and dished out 12 assists. Ernest Graham of Maryland chipped in 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Dudley Bradley (Indiana Pacers) led the Trotters with 37 while brother Charlie and Ducky Vaughn added 19 and 22, respectively.
With his team trailing, 86-82, at the half, Duren led 1789 to a 10-2 spurt in the first two minutes of the third period, giving them a lead they never relinquished.
When he wasn't hitting long-range jumpers or sneaking inside for power layups, he was dishing asists to the powerful Shelton, who continually out-muscled the Bullets inside.
Duren finished the day with 28 points (22 in the second half while handing out 10 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds). Shelton finished with a team-high 34 points (18 in the second half) and 21 rebounds.
The Bullets were paced by Rick Mahorn, their secon-round draft pick, who finished with 39 points, and Kevin Grevey who tallied 32. Leading scorer Wes Matthews was held to 13 points.
Seven technicals were called in the game.