After jumping out to a 3-0 record, Hunt's Movers came down to earth last Tuesday with a 42-31 loss to Annapolis Men's Summer Basketball League front-runner Pro Jersey.
Head coach Walter "Mousy" Hunt knewthere was no deep, dark secret for the momentary lapse that evening.
"We just didn't play good, hard ball," he said. "They jumped out to a 10-0 lead, and we just couldn't get our rhythm going after that."
Fortunately for Hunt, his squad found its rhythm in a battle with undefeated Henry's Liquors on Friday night, pulling out a 44-39 victory at Truxtun Park.
Former Broadneck standout Kurtis Brooks, thecounty's leading scorer during the 1983-1984 season, led a balanced scoring attack for the victors, who upped their record to 4-1 and moved into a first-place tie with F-Force in the Michael Jordan Division.
Former Naval Academy guard Mel Davis and teammates Vic O'Neal, Joe DeJesus and Anne Arundel Community College guard Ron Ward chipped in six points each.
"We played a little sloppy in spots and made abad pass here and there, but I'm still pleased with them," said Hunt, in his 12th year with the team. "They made a nice little run at us toward the end, but our bench really helped us a lot."
After taking a slim, 27-25 advantage in the early stages of the second half, O'Neal -- a reserve guard -- nailed two consecutive three-point bombs toincrease the lead to 33-25.
Henry's guard Juan Brown helped to forge a comeback late in the half. The stocky 5-9 guard penetrated the lane repeatedly, tallying eight of his 10 points during the stretch and eventually cutting the lead to 41-39.
"We gave it a good shot,"said Henry's player-coach Craig Brown (four points), whose team is tied with Annapolis Gardens for second in the Magic Johnson Division, behind 5-0 Pro Jersey.
"We weren't that deep today. Three guys went to a family reunion (brothers John and Brian Brown, and Ricky Allen) plus we were missing Chris Dion. He's a 6-7 swingman who can do it all," Craig Brown said.
"I think we stayed in the zone too long (in the second half). There was no excuse for us to let them hit that many shots from the outside."
Dalano Wright shared game-high scoring honors with Juan Brown, slashing through Hunt's defense for 10 points -- including eight in the first half.
Hunt said, "I think from here on in, (the league title) is anybody's. From the top to the bottom, you can't count anyone out."
Especially not Hunt's Movers, notafter Friday's game.