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 August 10, 2018          By Sean Brunson          Share:


Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to re-introduce you to Playoff T.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this or not, but when those bright lights come on, Antonio “Tone” Barton takes his game to another level. That was the case for Antonio Barton again on Friday night as he put on a show again to help lead PTF (9-2) back to the Brunson League championship game for the second year in a row.

Crossovers? Yeah, tear drop floaters? Yup, three-pointers? Yes sir! Tone did it all and then some as he scored 17 points, including 3 out of 4 threes, and dished out 4 assists to help lead PTF to an 83-61 win over the DMV Warriors.

Big bro Will Barton led PTF with 21 points and former City College/Maryland Terrapin/Long Beach State sharpshooter Nick Faust scored 19 points going 3 for 4 from deep. Former NCAA National Champion Roscoe Smith led the team with 6 rebounds to go along with his 8 points.

As one of the best teams in the ABA it came as no surprise to see the DMV Warriors (8-3) reach the Final Four. They trailed 37-33 at the half, but as the second half started and PTF’s gameplay quickly improved, DMV’s rapidly declined.

Streetball legend Randy “White Chocolate” Gill led the Warriors with 29 points (4 of 5 from deep) and BJ Smith had 8 points and 5 assists.

No team in Brunson League history has ever won back-to-back titles and PTF looks to be the first to do it as Will Barton said they would right after they won their first championship last summer.

FOE has a chance to prevent that, but they were already blown out 80-54 when the two teams met last month. But that game saw one star player (Aquille Carr) get ejected early in the 2nd quarter and the other, Malcolm Delaney, did not play.

Seats for the gym at Baltimore City Community College will surely fill up an hour or two before tip-off, so if you don’t want to miss this highly anticipated Championship Game to end the 2018 Brunson League season I strongly suggest you get there early!

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