Clippers go 1-1 on tournament’s second day

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 26, 2003

How can a team lose in a single elimination tournament and still play in the championship game? Simple.

Just minutes after the Lake Kennedy Clippers moved to the title game of the 13-16 division of the 19th Annual Canned Food Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament by defeating the Wolverines Monday night, they fell to the much taller and older Warriors 79-41 in the quarterfinals of the adults tournament. A balanced attack carried the team to victory, as Mario Scott led them with 14 points, while George Porter (perhaps spurred on by wearing Michael Jordan’s number of 23) added 13.

&uot;We just wanted to have some fun and show the kids in the stands a good time,&uot; said Porter, a member of the Nansemond River High School squad that won the 1992 state title. &uot;When I watched games when I was little, the players there showed me a good path to follow. We’ll win it all this year – no doubt.&uot; They played at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night (score unavailable at press time).

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Keith Sessoms led the Clippers with 14 points, and Calvin Halway (also wearing 23) added 13. The Clippers also played early Tuesday evening in a game uncompleted at press time.