Washington's Ex-Hounds advance in Hoop It Up Area team ousted at 3-on-3 tourney

November 01, 1992|By Darrin Scheid | Darrin Scheid,Contributing Writer

DALLAS -- Ex-Hounds, a three-on-three men's basketball team representing Washington, D.C., overcame a shortage of players to finish 4-1 in round-robin play yesterday in the Hoop It Up World Finals in Dallas.

Now they again might be one player short going into today's playoff round. The top three teams in each pool qualify for the playoffs, and the Ex-Hounds finished second in Pool A.

Ex-Hounds plays today at 9:30 a.m. against Pool B champion Jacksonville, but they might have to continue without Andy Bauer, a former Washington College player. Bauer, 23, twisted his ankle in the team's final game yesterday a 17-15 loss to Pool A winner New York.

Footlocker Three, a women's team of Maryland-Baltimore County players, was knocked out of playoff contention by a team from Washington.

Washington finished 3-1 yesterday and plays an 11 a.m. game today against Amarillo, Texas.

Ex-Hounds cruised past its first four competitors, but had to play morning games against Richmond, Va., and Zaragoza, Spain, without former Washington College player Tim Keehan.

Keehan, 24, discovered Thursday he is diabetic. He took a crash course Friday in how to treat himself, took a later flight and joined the team just in time to beat defending champion Omaha, Neb., 19-6, and go undefeated in the first three games.

"My doctor told me that if I didn't learn everything I needed to know, I could die right on the court," Keehan said. "I'm just glad he let me come out here. Death is about the only thing that could keep me away from this tournament."

Using ball control, tough defense and outside shooting, the team of Bauer, Keehan, David Gately and John Miller went 4-0 by beating Sacramento, Calif., 16-12.

But in their game against New York, Keehan said a strong wind on the open court proved costly.

"We're the type of team that plays on the perimeter," Keehan said. "On that court, there were no buildings around to stop the wind. It forced us to play inside, and we don't do that as well."

Footlocker Three used the inside duo of Angel Webb and Angela Jones to beat Richmond in its opening game, 16-11. Jones hit two layups and two free throws to break an 11-11 tie. A layup by Webb gave Footlocker the victory.

Things went sour after that for the team of Webb, Jones, Karyn Swann and substitute/captain Cynthia Dorsey. Footlocker fell behind Birmingham, 7-0 and 12-3, before cutting the lead to 15-12. But Birmingham hit a layup to give Footlocker its first loss.

"We're a comeback team," Swann said. "But I didn't realize we were that far behind. We can't let that happen."

They did let it happen it their next game, falling behind Philadelphia, 11-6, and losing, 16-11.

That set up the game between Footlocker Three and Washington. Washington had a 2-1 record and Footlocker was 1-2. Playing on the show stage in front of about 200 people, Footlocker played their closest game of the day.

After falling behind, 9-3, Footlocker used three Webb layups and Swann two-point shot to help cut the lead to 10-8. Washington made it 15-13 on a turnaround jumper by Tandreia Green, and won it on Green's 10-foot, turnaround jumper.

A Footlocker victory would have forced a three-way tie in Pool A with Birmingham, Ala. But the Washington team comprised of Debbie Dixon (Virginia Union), Jass Gipe (Maryland), Kammy Brown (Virginia State) and Green (Western Kentucky) advances.

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