Bo's VIP's had the right mixture in the Urban Coalition senior division championship game against the Runnin Rebels before a raucous overflow crowd of 4,500 yesterday at Dunbar High School.
Former Washington Bullet Manute Bol controlled the middle with 12 blocked shots. Ex-Georgetown Hoya Michael Graham and Tim Stanfill, formerly of the University of the District of Columbia, had the dunks. Miami Heat guard Sherman Douglas (Spingarn) had the moves and brothers Charles and Curt Smith dished off the fancy assists. And with such a talented team assembled, Bo's VIP's opened up its relentless fast break in the second half to turn a close game into a 157-125 runaway to claim the title.
Dunbar's Johnny Rhodes scored 18 points to lead Citibank (Dunbar) to a 68-49 win over Urban Coalition (Cardozo) in the high school division final that preceded the pro game.
The pro game had a little bit of everything. There were near skirmishes in the first half, as play resembled a rugby match. There were long-range jumpers and exhilarating run-and-gun action, but at the end of the frenzied pace, it was Bo's VIP's that clearly showed its dominance.
John Battle of the Atlanta Hawks scored 29 points and Mike Morrison of the Phoenix Suns had 25 for the Runnin Rebels, who trailed by only 73-70 at intermission. But after Morrison's jumper early in the third quarter closed the Rebels to 79-78, Bo's VIP's went on an 18-2 spurt that ended with Charles Smith (18 points, 12 assists) twisting and double-pumping for a bank shot that made it 97-80.
The rest of the game was a showcase, as Bo's VIP's turned up the intensity with Douglas (game-high 45 points, 12 assists) constantly losing his man and with Graham (34 points, 11 rebounds, 8 dunks) and Stanfill (23 points, 7 dunks) finishing breaks with rim-shaking dunks.
"We got the crowd into it and it was nothing but a highlight film after that," said Stanfill.