Black and gold confetti raining down upon him, Jermaine Barnes (6’5”-G/F-82, college: Point, GA) walked to the scorers table, shook his fists and extended three fingers. When he looked up, UBA Commissioner was waiting to shake his hand. A Championship classic and this time, it finally went the Disciples way. Barnes, the finals co-MVP, scored 30 points despite 10-of-25 shooting, and the Disciples won their 3rd UBA championship Sunday night, dramatically rallying from a terrible start deficit to beat the Georgia Lions in the UBA finals. James Justice (5’10”-G-89, college: Martin Methodist) was the other half of the co-MVP award scoring 22 points, 4 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists. Justice has ended all questions about his ability to play on a pro level and not just be a dunker. Justice matched up with the UBA’s premire point guard (DeAndre Bray (5’6”-G-85, college: Jacksonville St.) and never took a back seat. He will be entering this year NBA draft and looks to have a bright future. Tony Omotayo (6’4”-F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.) was the top preformer for the Lions scoring a team high 23 points and pulling down 8 rebounds.
The Lions were out manned for the begining as the lost the best big in the league (Al’Lonzo Coleman (6’7”-F-89, Presbyterian). Coleman suffered and ankle injury in a Semi Finals win over the Tennessee Dragons. To add salt in the wound double-double machine Mike Corpening (6’8”-F-87, college: S.Wesleyan) was out for personal issues.
‘We just had to take care of busienss’, said Barnes. We wanted to compete against the full strength Lions but it didn’t happen. I take my hat off to DeAndre Bray and the Lions and I know we will see them again.