Team D.C. topped Team Philadelphia, 102-94, in a fast paced, competitive game, Sunday at The Hagan Arena on the campus of St. Joseph’s University. Chris Wright, formerly of Georgetown, scored nine points in the fourth quarter and seven in a key forty-second stretch at the end of the game.
Sunday’s game marked the final professional game for Villanova alum Curtis Sumpter. Sumpter was a key player in the Wildcats’ run to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Former Villanova star Alvin Williams coached Team Philadelphia to round out the Villanova representation at the game.
Sumpter only scored two points in the game but played strong defensively, often matched up against the much larger Jai Lewis, of George Mason. "This was kind of a transition game for me, just coaching the guys out there and learning."
Sumpter plans to try a career in coaching now that his time on the court has ended.
At one point Team Philadelphia threatened to run away with the game after leading 82-71 early in the fourth quarter. A three-point play followed by a four-point play by Wright midway through the fourth put team D.C. ahead 89-87 and gave them the lead for good.
The second game between these two teams in as many nights was much more competitive than the first. Team D.C. won Saturday’s contest 113-93. Team Philadelphia battled harder on Sunday but was unable to overcome the hot shooting by Team D.C.
Team D.C. led at halftime 49-46 behind the hot shooting of Austin Freeman and efficient passing of Wright, reigniting the chemistry the two had during their time at Georgetown.
NBA star and St. Joe’s alum presented the game ball in front of a energetic crowd that included a good number of Villanova fans there to cheer on one of Villanova’s former stars.
The Basketball Alumni Legends League, BALL, is a new East Coast summer Basketball League that features former collegiate players from basketball hotbeds and is known for its unique set of rules, the most notable being the four-point shot.
Stay tuned for more from The BALL game including a post-game interview from Curtis Sumpter.