No Keith Bogans. No Joe Forte. No problem for the DeMatha basketball team. The Stags may have lost two players to Division I colleges, but they haven't lost their winnings ways.
DeMatha, which recently won the Ban the Brick summer league title, defeated Oxon Hill, 71-60, to win the championship of the Reebok league last night at High Point.
Junior guard Billy Edelin scored 23 points to lead the Stags.
"That's all we've been hearing about, `What will [DeMatha] do?' " Edelin said. "We want people to see what DeMatha can be after Keith and Joe."
Oxon Hill opened the game strong, getting the ball inside to senior center Michael Sweetney. Sweetney, who has unofficially committed to play for Georgetown, helped Oxon Hill take an early 14-8 lead.
The game was balanced in the first half, with neither team establishing much of a lead. DeMatha ended the half with sophomore guard Warren Williams heaving a shot from 50 feet that went in at the buzzer to give the Stags a 35-33 lead.
That shot seemed to shift the momentum to DeMatha. In the second half, the Stags had their post players focus on stopping Sweetney while their guards took over the scoring load.
Unable to get the ball inside to their big man, Oxon Hill did not make a shot from the field for the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half. Junior guard Lamar Butler (17 points) broke the scoring drought with a three-pointer. He and junior guard Phillip Goss (16 points) started making three pointers, but the damage had already been done. Sweetney finished with 10 points.
In the girls championship, Arundel, which had upset previously unbeaten Good Counsel in the semifinals, showed that the victory was no fluke. The Wildcats, behind sophomore forward Jessica Landis's 12 points, handily defeated Paint Branch, 60-44.
"This is the best game we've ever played," said Arundel junior point guard Jill Marano, who was the league's second leading scorer this summer.
Marano and teammate junior forward Tracy Pucci -- two of the Wildcats' top players -- arrived late, having played for the Maryland Hurricanes in an AAU tournament earlier in the day.
But the Wildcats did not miss them too much. Freshman guard Jessica Collins (11 points) was solid in place of Marano at the point.
Arundel played as if the regular season were about to begin. The Wildcats were well-organized and efficient with their offense and tenacious with their defense.
Paint Branch, which was led by junior guard Rochelle Coleman's 20 points, got off to a fast start and had a 16-10 early lead. Then Arundel went on a 15-2 run late in the first half and never relinquished the lead.
Notes: In the boys all-star game, Carroll senior guard David Hawkins scored 21 points for the red team which defeated the white team, 115-91.
Good Counsel forward Sentora Rodriguez scored 18 points to lead the blue team to a 61-35 win against the white team in the girls all-star game. Arundel's Chanell Sutton led the white team with eight points.