Washington D.C. vs. Baltimore
It's a Battle of the Beltway in the finals of Syracuse Hometown Madness. Syracuse players representing the cities of Baltimore and Washington have advanced through two rounds of play to today's championship game.
The two teams consist of some of the greatest names in Syracuse history. Baltimore is led by Carmelo Anthony, while Washington D.C. counters with three outstanding backcourt players in Sherman Douglas, Lawrence Moten and Dave Bing.
Washington D.C. and Baltimore rolled over their first two opponents.
Baltimore advanced to the final with wins over Rochester and an International team. In its semifinal win over the International group, Baltimore had 60 percent of the votes (274 to 181).
Washington D.C. cruised past California and Philadelphia. The semifinal against Philly had been seen as a close one, but D.C. had nearly 80 percent of the votes.
Washington's starting five includes Bing, Douglas, Moten, Jerami Grant and Arinze Onuaku. Baltimore's starters are Anthony, Herman Harried, C.J. Fair, Donte Greene and Michael Lloyd.
Harried, who has been serving as Baltimore's captain, said the Charm City team has too much size for Washington D.C.
"They are too small,'' Harried said. "They can't match our size and versatility. They are going down.''
Moten, the leading scorer in Syracuse history, said Anthony won't be enough to beat D.C.
"Too many guys on that team need the ball to make something happen,'' Moten said. "One great player will never beat a true team. We know our roles in D.C.''