Georgia Tech-bound Dennis Scott scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half and Georgetown's Jaren Jackson had 24 last night to lead the DCI Eagles to the Kenner League championship with a 100-97 victory over The Tombs before 600 fans at Georgetown's McDonough Arena.
The Eagles, who finished 11-3, avenged a three-point loss to The Tombs (11-3) in the regular season two weeks ago.
"We were ready for them tonight. We played them tough the last time, so we knew if we played our game we could win it," said Scott, who went to Flint Hill Academy and is considered one of the top recruits in the country.
Georgetown's Bobby Winston led The Tombs with 26 points, and Hoyas-bound Anthony Tucker had 23. John Turner of Allegany Community College in Cumberland, Md., had 19 points and was named the league's most valuable player.
In addition to Scott and Jackson, the Eagles received strong performances from three American University recruits: Fred Tillman of Oxon Hill (17 points, 11 assists), Daryl Holmes from Charles County Community College (10 points, eight rebounds) and Ron Draper of South Florida CC (seven points, eight rebounds).
The Eagles took the lead midway through the first half and struggled to keep it the rest of the way. Tillman's three-pointer from the right corner with 2:15 left gave DCI a 96-86 lead. But DCI committed three turnovers and missed two free throws in the final 2:15 as The Tombs went on an 11-3 run, culminating in a three-pointer by Turner that closed the deficit to 99-97 with 24 seconds left.
With 18 seconds to go, Jackson missed the rim and backboard on the second shot of a one-and-one. Holmes then stole a pass before losing the ball with two seconds left. Tucker's desperation shot from halfcourt hit the top of the backboard.
"We made a few turnovers and took some bad shots, but we kept our cool at the end," said Scott, who converted a rare four-point play with 7:16 left that turned a one-point lead to an 84-79 advantage.
In the first half, The Tombs led by six points, but could never pull away. The Eagles kept Turner and Tucker away from the basket in the first half, forcing The Tombs to take medium-length jumpers.
Making the all-league team were Tony Massenburg of DCI, who had 14 points in the final, and Maryland teammates Dave Dickerson, Derrick Lewis and Keith Gatlin; Georgetown's Jackson, Winston, Ronnie Highsmith and Charles Smith; West Virginia's Tyrone Shaw, and George Mason's Kenny Sanders.