Hick-Less Fleassa Squad Claims DSL Title

Try and find better coverage of the Deveroes Summer League. Bearcat Insiders Casey Weldon watched some great basketball over the past few weeks and showed why Cincinnati is a hot-bed for Hoops.

Despite 13 points from the University of Cincinnati's Armein Kirkland, Stan Litz Law Office fell in the finals of this year's Deveroes Summer League to perennial summertime powerhouse John H. Flessa Law Office, 110-94.

John H. Flessa Law Office managed to avenge their only loss of the season, beating Stan Litz Law Office in Saturday's season finale at Woodward High School. The DSL champs managed to pull-off the victory even without the services of UC forward/center Eric Hicks, who has played with John H. Flessa throughout the summer.

It was the third time in the past four seasons that Flessa has claimed both the regular season and post-season titles. Last season they lost to Cintas in the postseason tournament after winning the regular season.

After taking a slight three-point lead into the half (59-56), Stan Litz fell apart offensively, connecting on just 38-percent of their second half shots (1-of-10 from three-point range) and were outscored 54-35 by the balanced attack of John H. Flessa.

Though having a solid shooting performance from the floor, Kirkland did not have one of his better overall outings on Saturday. The Bearcat swingman connected on just one of his four shots from distance, and knocked down on four-of-seven from the charity stripe. The soon-to-be senior was also hampered by four personal fouls, which forced Kirkland to play a little more cautious than he normally would during his 24 minutes on the floor.

Stan Litz did see outstanding individual performances from former Dayton standout Keith Waleskowski (playing professionally in Spain) and Miami (OH) product Jimmy Binnie. Waleskowski, or "9-to-5" as he is playfully called by those watching the DSL, notched his typical double-double, scoring 23 points and pulling down 10 boards. Binnie contributed 21 in the losing effort.

John H. Flessa saw sterling individual performances from top-to-bottom on their roster. Led by DSL legend Jack Jennings' 28 points and eight rebounds, the squad saw six of its seven players score at least 12 points and play 23 or more minutes.

One would hate to think what the outcome of the game would have been if Bearcat big man Hicks would have played. UC's resident monster in the middle has played with the John H. Flessa team throughout the summer, but was not in uniform for Saturday's contest. Hicks had arguably his best game of the summer during last week's games that earned his team a shot at the championship. Hicks brought down the house with some thunderous dunks and dominated the middle on both the offensive and defensive ends.

John H. Flessa Law Office managed to avenge their only loss of the season, beating Stan Litz Law Office in Saturday's season finale at Woodward High School.


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