For those who think the Oxon Hill boys basketball team is senior center Michael Sweetney and his supporting cast, the Clippers instead proved themselves well-rounded last night in the Kenner League championship game at Georgetown's McDonough Arena.
Behind a terrific trio of guards and its reliable big man, Oxon Hill defeated Eleanor Roosevelt, 83-73, in an all-Prince George's County final that closed the area's summer basketball season.
Sweetney, who has committed to Georgetown, had 26 points, 19 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. But the Clippers also got big contributions from shooting guards Phil Goss (24 points and co-most valuable player with Sweetney) and Lamar Butler. And point guard Richard Little made sure the scorers got the ball by handing out seven assists.
"Phil Goss and Lamar Butler shooting the ball and Little, of course, running the show, they are the difference," Eleanor Roosevelt Coach Glenn Farello said. "Those three deserve a lot of credit."
Delonte Holland (24 points) was selected the most valuable player from Roosevelt.
"We've got a lot of role players," Little said. "Mike, Lamar and Phil are mostly our scorers. Everybody else rebounds and gets the ball to them. If everybody plays their role, we should be successful every time."
It was a close game early, with Roosevelt taking a 14-9 lead. But Oxon Hill exploited its inside-outside combination -- Sweetney doing damage in the low post and Goss hitting jumpers from the wing -- to go on a 14-0 run and take a 23-14 lead.
The Clippers extended their lead to 51-34 early in the second half before Roosevelt cut it to 67-60 with less than five minutes left. However, Sweetney and Goss teamed up to keep the Clippers ahead.
These teams are no strangers to one another, having built a strong rivalry in the Prince George's County 4A league. Recently that rivalry has been pretty one-sided in favor of Oxon Hill.
"We haven't beat them in two years," Roosevelt point guard Ahmez Hammock-El said. "We want every chance at them. That's like playing against your best friends. I would rather play against somebody in the county than anyone else."