Belt­way Bombers host play­off game

Lo­cal hoops team won South­ern Di­vi­sion

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­ Twit­ter: @tblack­somds1

When the Belt­way Bombers take the court at 7 p.m. Satur­day against the NoVa Hawks in their play­off opener, it will mark the first time in four weeks that the lo­cal semipro basketball team has played in a game.

The Belt­way Bombers fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son 12-2 and won the South­ern Di­vi­sion of the Amer­i­can Pro­fes­sional Basketball League un­der team owner and coach Chaz Dud­ley. The Bombers were the high­est scor­ing team in the league, av­er­ag­ing bet­ter than 125 points per con­test, but they were fourth in de­fense, al­low­ing over 103 points per game and Dud­ley was quick to point out that fact.

The Belt­way Bombers, who call the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land gym­na­sium in La Plata home, have not played since de­feat­ing NoVa, 116-96, in their reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale. Dud­ley ad­mits the time off does present a con­cern, although he is hop­ing the team will re­gain its chem­istry and co­he­sive­ness early in Satur­day’s game against NoVa.

The Hawks-Bombers win­ner ad­vances to the APBL Fi­nal Four.

The Bombers have nu­mer­ous, lo­cal NCAA Di­vi­sion I prod­ucts on the ros­ter, in­clud­ing Chris Howard (Univer­sity of South Florida), Steven Miles (Amer­i­can Univer­sity), Der­rell Arm­strong (Univer­sity of North Carolina-Greens­boro) and Danny Sum­ner (Col­lege of Wil­liam & Mary). Don­ald Vaughn, an NCAA Di­vi­sion III prod­uct from Vir­ginia Wes­leyan, is in con­tention for APBL rookie of the year honors.

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