Guard Tyrone Woods' free throw shooting proved crucial for the second straight game as the Baltimore Lakers defeated the American Capitals, 158-152, to win the championship of the Urban Coalition summer basketball league yesterday at Dunbar High School.
Baltimore finished the Urban Coalition season with a 10-0 record; the Capitals went 6-5.
Woods, a 1984 graduate of Virginia State, sank two free throws to give the Lakers a 144-143 lead with 3:18 remaining in the game. On the next possession, he took a pass from back-court mate Tyrone Bogues, a guard at Wake Forest, and was fouled by center Cliff Trimbus. Woods hit two more free throws to give Baltimore a 146-143 lead.
"I concentrate a lot on foul shooting," Woods said. "I don't usually score, so when I shoot them, I usually make them."
Woods is 5 feet 8 and Bogues is 5-3.
The Capitals hurt their chances when, after Woods' steal, center Danny Ferry was assessed a technical foul. On their next possession, they were charged with a technical for using an illegal defense. In the final minute, the Capitals missed five straight shots before Ferry's dunk.
The Lakers' Ernest Graham had his second straight 40-points-plus performance, leading all scorers with 42. He was the regular-season Urban Coalition scoring champion with a 46.9-point average. His brother Kevin scored 27 and Woods had 25 for Baltimore.
Tom Sluby and Bob Ferry led the Capitals with 25 points each. Tracy Jackson had 19 and Danny Ferry, who played most of the fourth quarter with five fouls, had 17.
The Capitals scored eight straight points early in the fourth quarter to take a 139-133 lead with 6:06 left. Sluby, a former Gonzaga High School and Notre Dame forward, scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter.
In the junior division championship, Eastern defeated Urban Coalition, 81-80.