Summer basketball playoffs begin this weekend for the Say No To Drugs and Sugar Ray Leonard leagues.
The Say No To Drugs League holds its youth and pro division playoffs at H.D. Woodson High today. The youth division begins at 9 a.m. with quarterfinal games, immediately followed by semifinal contests. The final will be Sunday. The Little Trotters, who have won the title the past three summers, are led by DuVal junior Stacy Robinson and Largo's Melvin Roberts II and are considered a heavy favorite to advance to the championship along with Baltimore and its all-America tandem of Donta Bright and Michael Lloyd.
The feature attraction will be the pro division semifinals with games at 1 and 3. The Miami Heat's Sherman Douglas, a Spingarn High alumnus and Syracuse all-American, Atlanta Hawks guard John Battle and former Georgetown star Michael Graham lead Tennis Haven against The Blazers in the opening game. Madness Connection's John Turner, a former Georgetown player who averaged 35 points and 18 rebounds this summer, leads his team against Magic 102.
"We've been trying to do something positive for the community all summer," said league director Melvin Roberts. "They are going to get busy out here this weekend and there's going to be some great basketball played."
The Sugar Ray Leonard League, held at the Palmer Park Community Center, will hold semifinals Sunday morning, with the league title decided at 8 on Monday night.