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John Jordan Tops George Beamon in Overtime to Win $250,000 Ones Basketball League Championship
Houston-Native Outlasts 21 Other Finalists with Three Wins Tonight in Las Vegas; Culmination of Tracy McGrady's National One-on-One Circuit
Beamon, seeded #5 after winning the OBL Los Angeles Regional, had a chance to win in regulation. After drawing a foul with under 0:10 left, he made the first but missed the second that kept his lead at 8-7. A Jordan free throw with under a second left tied the game to send it to overtime.
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After Beamon took a 1-0 lead (first to two wins), he had one possession in which a single point would have secured the win, but he failed to score. Jordan, who came in as the #2 seed after winning the OBL Houston Regional, then hit his game-winner from the left side for the Championship.
"I had to battle all tournament, with great opponents, especially George in the Finals, and I'm proud to be the first OBL Champion," said Jordan. "It's not as much about the money to me, but the respect. I want to thank T-Mac and the OBL for this opportunity."
"John Jordan is a great champion and the kind of player that the OBL is built for," said McGrady. "Our goal is to give these overlooked players a platform, and the way he and many others competed throughout the weekend should open plenty of eyes in the basketball world."
Game 1: #8 Yoshi Craig (Chicago) d. #17 Randy Gill (Los Angeles), 9-2
Game 2: #5 George Beamon (Roslyn, N.Y.) d. Mario Smith (Kalamazoo, Mich), 9-5
Game 3: #6 Kevin Kuteyi (Lanham, Md.) d. #14 Darien Davis (Coram, N.Y.), 9-8
Game 4: #2 John Jordan (Houston) d. #10 Zach Radz (Troy, N.Y.), 9-6
Beamon d. Craig, 4-1
Jordan d. Kuteyi, 9-7
Jordan d. Beamon, 2-1 (OT) (8-8 regulation)