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GHPA BBALL final 4 - Scores

Cricket Wireless 116
Zachs Fam Red Squad 102

Doug Herring 36 pts 10 reb 7asst. (Canadian Pro League All Star)

Red Squad
Cane Broome 30 pts (Univ of Cincinnati )

Atty Deron Freeman 130
Pauly Chute Slamm 105

Andrew Robinson 33pts (Quinnipiac)

Lucas Hausman 28pts (Euro Pro Spain)
Bobby Moore  21 pts 8 assist

Best of 3 Championship
Friday  August 11th 7:30pm
Freeman All-Stars Sweep To Pro-Am Title

Those plays were all part of the defining stretch, as Deron Freeman built a 17-point lead and went on to a 121-114 to finish a two-game sweep of the Greater Hartford Pro-Am championship series at Sport & Medical Sciences Academy.

"All game, Raiquan was our workhorse and I was struggling," said Carberry, named regular season and championship series MVP. "But the fourth quarter is when big-time players made big-time shots, and I had to step it up and make the shots. We've got a lot of good players. All I had to do was try to lead them and they did the rest."

Five weeks of basketball and nearly two full games of a championship series were in the books midway through the fourth quarter Saturday night when one team, Cricket Wireless, looked like it needed a break and another team, the Attorney Deron Freeman All-Stars, looked like it could play into the fall.

As shots by a seemingly worn down Cricket team fell short and mistakes piled up, the Freeman All-Stars kept coming up with answers — Tobin Carberry with a step-back jumper, Raiquan Clark ahead of the pack for a dunk, Eric Anderson with a put-back.

Carberry had 32 points, Clark 31 and Anderson 21 for Freeman, a longtime Pro-Am participant and champion for the first time. This was the Pro-Am's 20th season.

"We have great players who rose to the championship level," said Benard Thomas, coach since 2000. "Everybody did their job. Loved it. This means everything."

Thomas and his assistant, former UConn standout Tony Hanson of Waterbury, were doused with water by players after the game.

For Cricket, last season's champion, Doug Herring had 26 points, Justin Turner 23 and Jerome Harris of Hartford had 21. Cricket is a team made up mostly of New York players (Hudson Valley) that has been in the finals four of the past five years.

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Atty. Deron Freeman All-Stars Take Game 1 In Greater Hartford Pro-Am Championship

GHPA Championship Series Game 1

The Attorney Deron Freeman All-Stars have had a team playing in the Greater Hartford Pro Am for the last 10 years.

They have never had one playing in the finals though until this year — unlike their opponent.

And they looked like they belonged. In fact, they looked a lot like the veteran Cricket Wireless squad they were destroying most of the game. And by the way, Cricket Wireless, played as Hot 93.7 Def Jam last year — the defending Pro Am champs.

The team up from Hudson Valley has claimed a spot at the GHPA final in four of the last five years.

But it was Atty. Deron Freeman's All-Stars busting the clock – scoring over 100 points –midway through the third quarter in building a 21-point lead, keeping offensive pressure on and taking away Cricket's three-point shooting prowess when it mattered on their way to a convincing 150-138 Game 1 win at SMSA Friday night.

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Why I Went to Auschwitz

There was a small hole in the kitchen floor that led to a secret crawl space. That image is burned into my memory. The space was maybe five feet long by five feet wide.

The owner of the house said, “They used to fit six people inside there. When the Nazis would come.”

His name was Tadeusz Skoczylas, and the house we were in had belonged to his family during World War II. It was a small brick house in the town of Ciepielów, Poland. It had a red roof that had seen better days. The front door was just a few steps off the street. In the backyard were a few barns and other small shacks.

I had been in Poland for a few days already, and the horror of the history I had experienced was overwhelming. But this was something different. This was so personal.

I’m looking at this tiny space. And I’m imagining six people down there, hiding from death. Six real people. Crawling through that little hole right in front of me. Not that long ago. It wasn’t a history book. It wasn’t a museum. It was right there.

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Okwandu Comes Up Big In Greater Hartford Pro-Am

Charles Okwandu played one of his better games Friday night at the Greater Hartford Pro-Am.

And he needed to because his Pauly Chute Slamm team got scraped by 30 points Monday — by the same team, Harte Nissan, it played Friday. And for a little added significance, this was the 8-9 game, the play-in game for the playoffs.

Winner moves on. Loser goes home. Both teams entered the game with 2-6 records but one of them saw its big man rise to the occasion like he rarely has this season.

"I think I'm getting back in shape," said the 7-foot Okwandu, a member of the Huskies' 2011 national championship team. "The first game was terrible. My wife drove me to the gym the same night and I had to lift some weights. I have to represent my family out here, UConn, whatever, people who cheer me on, so getting in shape is key for me and I'm getting in shape."

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No Pink Signs, But Raisner Still Showing Her Support At Greater Hartford Pro-Am

There aren't too many seats at the Greater Hartford Pro-Am press table.

One is usually reserved, however, and has a card in front of it saying as much.

It doesn't need to be there because everybody in the building — no matter what days they come or what days she comes — knows that seat belongs to 76-year-old Barbara Raisner.

The West Hartford resident, is a long-time UConn men's and women's basketball fan and 29-year season ticket holder prior to moving to Boca Raton, Fla. 17 years ago.

Die-hard UConn fans will certainly know her as the "Pink Sign Lady." They know her crafty work on those signs, too, such as: "Someone has to lose, Tennessee Volunteers" or "Isn't it dandy crushing Vandy?"

"Hey, that's Charles Okwandu," she said after recognizing the 7-foot, former UConn center whose Pauly Chute Slamm team got drilled in a 132-102 loss to Harte Nissan Monday. "I didn't get a chance to take a picture with him last time."

Former Notre Dame-West Haven and LSU-bound guard Tremont Waters led all scorers with 45 points in the loss.

Raisner is a big fan of the GHPA, supporting the league and teams in whatever manner possible, from finding and bringing in a sponsor, calling around for food donations, to supplying free raffle prizes. Yes, Raisner has had a special place at the GHPA for the past nine years because, well, she's a special lady, said founder Pete Higgins.

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