Salisbury, MD.- The Kappa Guide Right League now in its 24th season, wrapped up today at Billy Gene Jackson Park, historically known as "North Lake Park", on the west side of Salisbury.
In the league's biggest year yet, the year's biggest game everything everyone in attendance expected. The play of both teams was as rough and rugged as the playground cement itself. The boisterous crowd gave the park a feel of Salisbury's very own "Rucker Park". Both teams would play forceful and fearsome, but only one could come out champion.
Team Washington would come out punching, the tandem of DeShawn Parks and Shakur Cottman proved to be very effective, the two would combine for 19 points in the first half, as Team Washington took a 35-24 lead going into the half.
The second half would be where things got interesting, namely the fourth quarter. After only scoring 9 points in the third, Team Parkside would explode for 21 points in the fourth to Team Washington's 8, including the game-tying step back three-pointer delivered by Dajour Diggs, with 3 seconds remaining in the game. Washington had a 51-40 with two minutes remaining, when they committed several key turnovers, and missed some key free throws. Parkside got a couple of easy layups and steals before Washington committed its most costly turnover, tossing the ball out of bounds, still leading 54-51 with six seconds remaining. Diggs took the inbound from the short corner of his basket, ran out to the three point line, stepped back and buried one as the crowd exploded.
In overtime, Team Parkside outscored Team Washington 14-7, with Diggs scoring 7 in the overtime period. "That gave us some up tempo, when he hit the trey ball to go into overtime, that meant we had to wake up, and we had to win the game in overtime." said forward Colen Gaynor, a recent transfer from Stephen Decatur. (The league) "is fun, it gives us time to gel up a little bit before the season comes." he said.
Diggs lead Team Parkside with 21 points, followed by Gaynor with 17, and Ray Williams with 16.
Team Washington was lead by Parks' 15, Marc Jones' 11, Cottman's 11, and K. Somers' 11.
Kappa Guide Right League's co-founder Bruce Wharton said he is most excited about the community involvement and the positive role models this league has made out of its participants. The league's 25th year will start summer 2015.