Sunday, July 28, 2002

Cintas, Stan Litz to meet in finals

Waleskowskis reunite, combine to score 40 points

By Michael Perry,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Saturday was the first time Keith and Adam Waleskowski played a “real” game on the same team since the 1999 Ohio Division II state final, when they led Alter High School to the title.

        They have a chance for another championship tonight, when their Stan Litz Law Office team faces Cintas in the 7 p.m. final of the Deveroes Summer Basketball League at Oak Hills High School. It is a rematch of last year's title game won by Cintas.

        Keith, who will be a junior at Dayton, scored a team-high 23 points in Saturday's 88-70 upset of top-seeded Maaco-Blue Ash, the regular-season champ.

        Adam, who will be a sophomore at Florida State, added 17 points. He just joined the team Saturday and had never played in the Deveroes league before. Adam was in Tallahassee, Fla., working out with his Seminoles teammates until Thursday.

        “It was really fun getting to run up and down with him again,” Adam said. “We know what to do. I know when he wants the ball.”

        Adam and Keith both spent time Saturday going toe to toe with Maaco big men Jack Jennings, the league's regular-season MVP, and UC graduate Donald Little, who is awaiting an Aug.21 jury trial date on felonious assault and kidnapping charges. Jennings scored a team-high 23 points.

        “It was fun banging around with them,” said Adam, who averaged 2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 11.3 minutes in 29 games as a freshman at FSU. “It was like I was back in the (Atlantic Coast Conference) again, banging around with (Duke's Carlos) Boozer and (Maryland's Chris) Wilcox and (Lonny) Baxter.”

        Keith averaged 9.7 points and 8.0 rebounds in his second year at Dayton last season. He was coming off a 40-point performance in the summer league quarterfinals Thursday night.

        “Today I didn't do as good as I wanted to,” he said. “But we did better as a team. We have more players here.”

        This is Keith's third year at Oak Hills, and he repeated as an all-league selection. He scored just 10 points in last year's championship game loss to Cintas.

        Keith said the hour drive from Dayton is worthwhile to play against “the best competition I'm going to get in the summer.”

        “Obviously we're playing open gym and doing stuff up at school,” he said. “But down here, you're playing with different people and against different people. And a lot of the guys are people we're going to play during the year, so it's nice to play against them.”

        Cincinnati and Xavier face the Flyers during the college basketball season.

        Nick Monserez (Moeller/Lehigh) scored 22 and Joel Cornette (St. Xavier/Butler) 17 for Stan Litz.

        Cintas, the tournament's No. 2 seed, advanced to the final with an 83-74 victory over Stratus Group before more than 1,000 spectators.

        Cain Doliboa (Wright State) scored 23 and Romain Sato (Xavier) 21 for Cintas. Brooks Hall (Dayton) added 16, and Xavier incoming freshman Dedrick Finn was impressive with 12 points, making some key plays in the final minutes.


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