* Former Tar Heel national champion Donald Williams has added another title to his trophy case. Last Wednesday, Williams came out of a 5-29 shooting slump to score 37 points on 14-for-22 from the field, 4-6 on three-pointers, to lead Plannja Basket to a 113-109 victory over the Norkopping Dolphins. The win closed out the best-of-seven championship series at 4-1 as Plannja Basket captured the Swedish League title.
Williams was named Basketligan's championship series Most Valuable Player for his 37-point performance to clinch the series in game five, as well as for his amazing game-winning buzzer-beater from 70 feet away that gave Plannja Basket a stunning 94-91 victory in the opening game of the series.
Williams made 8-of-19 three-point attempts during the series and averaged 19 points and 37 minutes per game. Brent Wright (Florida) was also outstanding for Plannja with 26 points and 14 rebounds per game.
"I wonder if Donald and Brent will be back in Lulea, Sweden with Plannja Basket, both have said they want to return, but you know how it is in this business -- everyone says it, but they never come back," Olle Hansson of Court Side sports agency informed Inside Carolina from Sweden following the finals.
LANG TO PLAY FOR NBDL CHAMPIONSHIP
* A year ago, Kris Lang was on a championship team in Wloclawek, Poland. This year, Lang stayed closer to home to play for the Asheville Altitude of the National Basketball Development League, but with just one more win he will have another championship season.
Asheville won the NBDL's regular season title (28-18) and earned the right to host the D-League's postseason single-elimination final with a 116-111 defeat of Fayetteville on Saturday in Asheville.
Lang scored four points (2-3 FG), grabbed three boards and handed out two assists in the semfinal win. His former Tar Heel teammate, Jason Capel, ended his second NBDL season in Fayetteville with five points (2-5 FG, 1-1 FT), six rebounds and two assists.
Kris Lang will continue his championship quest on Saturday night when Asheville hosts the Huntsville (Ala.) Flight (24-22) led by Damone Brown (Syracuse) and Erick Barkley (St. John's).
As for Jason Capel, The Fayetteville Observer reported last week that several NBA teams have been in touch with the 6-8 guard/forward about taking part in summer league action. "I've played everything from point guard to power forward this year. I've proven I can score (12.8 ppg). I've guarded the best player on the other team. Those are the things I hope people who really know basketball will see," Capel told the Observer in regard to his belief that an NBA roster spot is in his future.
THE PLAYOFFS HAVE ARRIVED
* The NBA postseason is underway and after one game in each best-of-seven quarterfinal series over the weekend here is a Tar Heel recap --
Rasheed Wallace scored 17 (7-12 FG) and gathered in 10 boards as Larry Brown's Pistons went up 1-0 on the Bucks, 108-82. Milwaukee's Desmond Mason had the game's only technical foul.
Dallas fell to Sacramento 116-105 as Antawn Jamison came off the bench for 20 minutes and 18 points (7-10 FG, 4-4 FT). Scott Williams did not play.
The Lakers escaped the Rockets 72-71 as Rick Fox failed to score on three field goal attempts in 20 minutes with two assists and two rebounds.
The Hornets got burned by the Heat 81-79. George Lynch contributed four points (2-6 FG) and two assists. Shammond Williams went scoreless in six minutes.
Without Hubert Davis on the 12-man active roster, the Nets knocked off the Knicks 107-83.