Essie Hollis' three-point play with seven seconds left lifted the Big M Trotters over the T.M. Lakers of Baltimore, 124-122, in the final of the Big M Tournament of Champions before 800 last night at H.D. Woodson High School.
The Trotters led most of the game, but Joe Pace's basket with 40 seconds left put the Lakers ahead, 122-120. Delante Taylor, who had a game-high 30 points, made one of two foul shots to pull the Trotters within one with 22 seconds left.
On the Lakers' next possession, Gene Smith, the former Georgetown guard, intercepted a pass and fed Hollis, who faked left, drove the lane for a layup and was fouled.
The Trotters took a 67-63 halftime lead behind Taylor's 21 first-half points. Former Georgetown teammates Billy Martin and Smith repeatedly ran the fast break and helped the Trotters to a 10-point lead with eight minutes left.
But Pace, a 6-foot-11 center who played for the Washington Bullets, controlled the boards, and Yarborough Roberts scored 18 points in the second half to help the Lakers back into the game.
Greg Sanders had 24 points for the Trotters. Kenny Jackson led the Lakers with 25, and Roberts and Jeff Churchwell each had 24.