FORTE, ASHEVILLE FINISH ON TOP
* Joseph Forte scored 13 points as the Asheville Altitude downed Columbus (Ga.) on Saturday night, 90-67, to claim the championship of the National Basketball Development League. Columbus, the regular season champs, could only connect on 29 of 92 field goal attempts during the contest on their homecourt for a paltry 31.5 percent. Asheville broke open a close game in the fourth quarter with a 29-10 scoring advantage.
Forte played 30 minutes, went 5-12 from the floor, 3-3 from the line, and added six boards, three assists and a steal in the 23-point victory. Forte's counterpart at shooting guard for Columbus, Ramel Curry (Cal. St. - Bakersfield), struggled with his shot, going just 6-for-20 from the field.
Ron Slay (Tennessee) and Lenny Stokes (Cincinnati) led Asheville in scoring with 17 apiece. The NBDL championship game will be on NBATV today at 4 p.m. EDT.
HOLMES HEADED FOR HOME
* Former Tar Heel guard Jonathan Holmes checked in with Inside Carolina last week from Denmark to report that his second season of pro basketball had come to conclusion.
"We (Horsens I.C.) ended up losing in the [Danish League] semifinals after winning Game 1. It was a pretty disappointing way to end the season, after we finished second in the regular season," Holmes told I.C..
Holmes ended things in Denmark on a good note with what he thought was his best game of the season -- 16 points, eight assists, no turnovers, and five rebounds -- in a 97-90 win in the league's Bronze Medal game.
"I am looking forward to getting back to Bloomington [Indiana] for a little while to see family and friends, and work on my golf game. I am planning on working basketball camps as I have the last few summers, starting with the Carolina camps in June," Holmes added.
The UNC grad is considering a return trip to Horsens, Denmark for next season or maybe playing in another country. Holmes will also be looking into college coaching openings. "I love playing, but I know that coaching is most likely what I will do long term, so it is important to begin looking to see what is available," Holmes noted in his final update of the season.
DOHERTY NAMES FIRST ASSISTANT
* Matt Doherty, 43, announced last week as the new head coach at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, has named Rex Walters as the first member of his coaching staff. Doherty was in his first year as an assistant coach at Kansas under Roy Williams during Walters' senior year as a Jayhawk.
"I was very fortunate to have coached someone like him at Kansas," Doherty said about his new assistant coach at his press conference. "He's a hard-worker, a team player. He´ll be a tremendous role model for our players."
Walters has been an assistant at Valparaiso the past two years. He previously had a seven-year NBA career before going overseas at the end of his playing career.
Florida Atlantic will look to compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference by finding recruits to fill five open scholarships. "We're not going to scramble. It will be difficult, but there are players out there," said Walters of his role as chief recruiter.