Baskets, wins, cans, money collected at tourney

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 28, 2005

While the cans collected out in the lobby were made mostly out of tin, both games in the Canned Food basketball tournament finals Wednesday at Booker T. Washington Recreation Center came down to the wire.

The Cavaliers used a late rush to defeat Franklin 49-40 in the youth championship, while Oak Grove (OG) held off Style Shop (SS) 59-53 in the adult game. Meanwhile, several boxes of canned foods and over $100 for the Salvation Army and other organizations was raised.

With the score like at 34 with just under six minutes to play in the youth game, Chris Hunter broke away for a layup to put the Cavs ahead, and Eric Silva pulled down a rebound and went the court length for another. Franklin scored, but Hunter dumped in a pair of buckets to go up 42-36 with 3:27 left, and Silva and Ryan Winbourne upped the lead to 10 over the next 90 seconds. Ashton Moore drained a three-point with 22 seconds left to ice the contest.

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OG raced to a 13-6 lead over the first seven minutes of the adults’ game, but Leroy Skinner hit two free throws and a jumper to get to 15-13 midway through. After some brief back-and-forth scoring, Skinner hit a three-bie, Rod Harris a layup and Payton Linton a free throw to put SS on top for the first time, 23-21.

Lee Wilson swished a three-pointer to put OG back ahead, but Harris hit a long shot of his own and Marvin Harper banked home a layup for a 28-24 lead. LaTay Darden, Theron Lathan and Wilson scored on a 5-0 OG run, but Skinner drained a pair of free throws to end the half with SS up, 30-29.

Lathan scored four quick points early in the first half, and Darden sank a jumper for a 34-30 lead. Neither team scored more than three in a row for the next 11 minutes until Maurice Whitehead and Darden gave OG a 53-46 advantage at the 5:27 mark. Marquie Cooke scored four points in 100 seconds to get to 55-52, but Wilson and Whitehead each swished a pair of free throws in the final minute to give OG the game.