Oxon Hill boys basketball coach Billy Lanier has not always left Cole Field House with a smile on his face. After all, his team has lost two consecutive Maryland 4A state championships in excruciating fashion there. But despite another painful loss for four of his players in a round-of-16 game at the Charlie Weber Invitational at Cole this weekend, Lanier and the players had reason to smile.

Seven Oxon Hill players took part in the event, which featured some of the best high school players in the country playing for select teams. Among the Oxon Hill players who participated were All-Met senior center Michael Sweetney and junior guards Phil Goss and Lamar Butler. Sweetney had 30 points for the Prince George's Select team in a 71-68 quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Tallahassee. Butler and Goss played for the under-16 Prince George's Select team and had 30 and 25 points, respectively, in a 72-67 semifinal loss to the Richmond Squires on Saturday.

"We represented our county well and we showed that P.G. has some of the top players in the country," Lanier said, adding that Oxon Hill "can only get better from having kids in these games."

Oxon Hill seniors Richard Little, Ronald Miller and Omar Muhammad also played for the under-17 Prince George's Select team.