Eighth-grader Rontre' Pope of Suffolk was a star for the Britt-Quinn Enterprise All-Stars team during its two games in Washington D.C. last weekend. He helped put his team in position to win both games, which it ended up doing by one point apiece, 56-55 and 47-46. (Submitted by Derrick Saunders)
Eighth-grader Rontre' Pope of Suffolk was a star for the Britt-Quinn Enterprise All-Stars team during its two games in Washington D.C. last weekend. He helped put his team in position to win both games, which it ended up doing by one point apiece, 56-55 and 47-46. (Submitted by Derrick Saunders)

BQE All-Stars excel in D.C.

Published 9:12pm Saturday, August 3, 2013

Suffolk’s Michael Britt helped his Britt-Quinn Enterprise All-Stars stage two dramatic victories in Washington, D.C., last weekend and also provided an opportunity for a Suffolk rising freshman to shine.

In the first game against the Emery Recreation Center Super Stars, Britt called a timeout in the waning moments, with his mix of eighth- to 10th-grade Suffolk and North Carolina players trailing by one point. He relayed a special play to his team, which they in turn executed to perfection, resulting in a last second 56-55 win.

The second game ended in similar fashion, with Britt’s called play resulting in a three-point play, giving the BQE All-Stars a 47-46 win over the District of Columbia All-Stars.

Suffolk player Rontre’ Pope, who was instrumental in both wins, said, “It was intense, but (Coach Britt) said, ‘Keep shooting’ so we kept shooting, and we found a way.”

Britt said, “I thank God first, and I’m very proud of their performance, as well as how they conducted themselves in Washington, D.C.”

Pope had the opportunity to shine in front of representatives of Britt’s alma mater, the University of the District of Columbia.

While the crowd present was not massive, it was engaged, and Britt’s status as a legend in the D.C. area and the support for him there still held sway.

“That carried over to my team that we had there,” he said. “They gave us some good support. They welcomed our guys.”

Britt said Pope scored about 12 points in the first game and 16 in the second.

The weekend left Britt energized to create more opportunities for local youngsters to get noticed by scouts at the next level.

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