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CBE MEN'S PRO LEAGUE 2011 WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP
Men's Pro League Winter 2011 Champions
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The Finals – Team Elite is Back on Top
After two playoff weather delays, the League finally crowned a champion Wednesday with one of the most physical games we have had in a long time. Team Elite came in looking for redemption after a two session championship drought and Lights Out came in on a high after beating the #1 seed last week.
Lights Out wanted to control the tempo from the beginning by isolating Stu Wright in the post. He scored 8 points in the first half, but the defense of Nick Burton and Nick Biby kept him in check for the rest of the game as he finished with 12 total points. Mike Hutchingson was the one matchup Team Elite could not handle. His strength and length produced 17 points and his long arms altered numerous Team Elite shots. Walter Bethea once again controlled the offense for Team Elite. His 16 first half points were not enough as Lights Out took the halftime lead 36-34.
The 2nd half saw mini-runs put on by both teams. Eric Stamps was the spark off the bench for Lights Out. He drained 4 threes for the game and kept his team close throughout. The fouls for both teams started to pile up as well as players were getting tired and frustrated with tough on the ball defense producing a low scoring game, the exact plan for Lights Out. Bethea would not let this game slip for Team Elite. He ramped up the pace converting fast-break layups and getting to the line running out the clock. Team Elite knew the depth of Lights out was an issue and they took advantage by wearing them down until the last few minutes where they pulled away behind the 34 points from Bethea. Nick Burton added 11 points and Martel Mahon scored 10 as Team Elite pr
evailed 64-54 to win their unprecedented 4th League Championship.
Leading Scorer and MVP
To no one’s surprise, Walter Bethea swept the postseason awards winning both the scoring title and MVP. He averaged 30.2 points per game to lead Team Elite back to the promised land for their 4th title. As the MVP, Walter showed that he could change the course of the game through his defense, passing ability, ball handling, and leadership. This is his 3rd scoring title and 4th MVP. Before you know it, his jersey will be hanging from the CBE rafters.
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