Joe Pace sank two pressure freethrows with six seconds remaining as the Chuck Taylor All-Stars held off 1789, 133-130, for the Urban Coalition Summer League championship yesterday at Dunbar.
Pace's free throws snuffed out a furiouis comeback rally by 1789 which had reduced an early 15-point fourthquarter deficit to 131-130 with 17 seconds remaining. Pace, who finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocked shots sank the foul shots after being fouled on an offensive rebound.
The All-Stars were in command early, operating on all cylinders behind the offensive play of University of Maryland star Ernest Graham (37 points, 10 rebounds) and University of Wisconsin star Claude Gregory (20 points, 25 rebounds, seven blocked shots) as they forged a 73-63 halftime lead.
The game appeared on the verge of a blowout in the third period when the All-Stars bolted to a 100-82 advantagelate in the period.
John Lucas (Golden State), who finished with 18 points and 15 assists, and Eddie Jordan (New Jersey Nets), who totaled 12 points and 14 steals, led the spurt with 10 apiece in the period.
Then 1789 employed a full-court pressthat forced several fourth-quarter turnovers and cut into the All-Stars' once-comfortable lead. George town freshman recruit Gene Smith (McKinley) led the comeback, scoring 16 of his 22 points, 12 in the fourth period.
Craig Shelton (Georgetown) finished with a team-high 25 points for 1789 while teammate John Duren (Georgetown) added 23.