Dayton Flyers All-Time One-on-One Tournament
The stage has been set for the final of the Dayton Flyers All-Time One-on-One Tournament presented by National City. After weeks of games the final two feature two prolific scorers in Roosevelt Chapman and Donald Smith.
Chapman defeated Pat Allen, Jim Paxson Sr., Mike Sylvester, Hank Finkel and Jim Paxson Jr. to reach the title game from Region One. On the other side of the bracket in Region Three, Smith knocked off Chris Harris, Mark Ashman, Ramod Marshall, Johnny Davis and Don May to advance to the championship.
Smith, a Dayton native, amassed 1,655 points during his three year career at UD. While currently holding records for most points in a game (52) and most points in a half (32), Smith ranks tenth on UD's all-time scoring list. Among his awards and accolades include three White-Allen Most Valuable Player trophies, induction into UD's Hall of Fame, and being named as a member on UD's All-Century Team.
Chapman amassed 2,233 points during his four-year career at the University of Dayton. He currently holds the career scoring record and was a three-time recipient of the White-Allen Most Valuable Player Trophy. Adding to his list of many accomplishments, Chapman was named to UD's All-Century Team in 2004 and UD's Hall of Fame in 1994. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native also ranks in the Top 10 on nearly every all-time career stat list for UD.
Here's the play-by-play of the tournament final.
- Coin flip determines Smith gets the ball first as both enter as No. 1 seeds.
- Smith opens up by faking left and stepping behind the arc to knock down a quick two-pointer to take a 2-0 lead.
- Chapman crossover to his right. Smith recovers and tips the Chapman runner. However, Chapman grabs the rebound and lays it in over the front of the rim cutting the deficit to 2-1.
- Smith backs Chapman down and fades away from 10 feet to the left...good. Smith up 3-1.
- Chapman dribbles left, fakes Smith in the lane, but misses from five feet. Smith rebound.
- Smith tries another two from the right...misses, but hustles for the long rebound. Smith drives right, but Chapman knocks the ball out of bounds.
- Smith regains possession and tries a running lay-up from six feet out. Chapman deflects it and saves it from heading out again.
- Chapman backs down Smith and this time hits a bank shot from the left to cut Smith's lead to 3-2.
- Smith dribbles over to the right, head fake and coasts past Chapman. He converts another lay-in and extends the lead to 4-2.
- Chapman quickly to the top of the key works to the free throw line. Cross over dribble left by Chapman. He pulls up and hangs...shoots...off the glass to the slight right, bank shot is good. Smith now up 4-3.
- Smith then works right again, shields with his left arm. However, his nine-footer rattles out and Chapman gains the rebound.
- Chapman's first jumps ahead 5-4 with a two that is nothing but net from the top of the key, showing the crowd the reason they call him "Velvet."
- Smith counters with a spin dribble left, 13-footer, good. Tied game at 5-5.
- Chapman feeling good after that last two tries another. This time the shot hits off the iron and Smith grabs the board.
- Smith drives hard left but misses the rim on his shot as Chapman positioned himself to alter the shot. Chapman rebounds.
- Chapman gets tied up trying to spin in the lane, but retains possession on a jump ball. He the drives right, hangs, but misses after Smith gets a hand in his face.
- Smith then triggers again from the top of the key, misses, and Chapman rebounds.
- Chapman misses pull up 15-footer, Smith gets the quick rebound to the rim left but misses.
- Chapman backs down Smith, spins right and kisses one off the glass to regain the lead at 6-5.
- Smith tries the right side of the lane again, Chapman makes a diving steal attempt, both players chase the ball...Smith touches it last, possession Chapman.
- Chapman methodically scores on a low post move shielding Smith from the ball. He banks in a shot from four feet and goes up 7-5.
- Smith drives right again and catches Chapman off guard with a pull up jumper from 10-feet out. He hits it and slices the lead to 7-6.
- Chapman works left. Backing Smith down he pump fakes and then hangs in the middle of the lane, then converts the short jumper. Chapman takes an 8-6 lead.
- Smith wastes little time and counters with his second two-pointer of the game from NBA range to tie it at 8-8.
- Chapman drives past Smith to the right, but Smith recovers to knock the ball out of his hands and grab possession.
- Smith tries to go right, but is fouled hard by Chapman on the lay-up attempt. Smith gathers himself, drives right and is fouled once again. The competitive nature of both players shines through as Smith backs in left, gets a body on Chapman and sinks a 12-footer to go up 9-8.
- Quickly Chapman dribbles top of key. He crosses over left...back to the right...he pulls up from 12 feet...it drops, tie game at 9-9.
- Smith looking to end the game quickly tries for another two-pointer, but it misses left and Smith hustles again to grab the rebound. Smith drives left, stops and attempts a baseline jumper. It misses and Chapman gets the rebound.
- Chapman forced left by Smith. Chapman fakes a spin dribble and shots a fade away from eight feet. It rolls off the rim and Smith rebounds.
- Smith drives to the right, pulls back and then slashes to the basket. Gets a shot over Chapman's outstretched hand and takes a 10-9 lead.
- Chapman fakes right and goes to his left. Smith slips on defense and Chapman sees the window of opportunity to knock down a two to regain the lead 11-10.
- Smith drives the lane right, hits fader off the glass just over the right hand of Chapman. Tie game at 11-11.
- Chapman backs Smith down to the right, pump fake and is fouled by Smith. Chapman tries the left side, fakes again and fouled once again. Chapman goes right, spins away from Smith and hits a bank shot from eight-feet out to go up 12-11.
- Smith works Chapman right and gets off a runner in the lane...too hard and Chapman grabs the rebound.
- Sensing the game within his reach, Chapman works Smith to the right. Smith makes a great defensive stop by altering Chapman's shot and wrestling the loose ball away from Chapman.
- Needing a big bucket, Smith drives left, pulls back and launches a two from the corner...nothing but net, Smith leads 13-12.
- Chapman goes back to work in the paint and drives past Smith under the basket. Reverse lay in just rolls off, but Chapman grabs the rebound and hits the follow up to tie it at 13-13.
- Smith gets the ball at the top and drives right. Pulls back beyond two-point range, but Chapman gets a steal.
- Chapman backs Smith down and nails a running, hook-shot in the lane. Chapman up by one 14-13.
- Smith works Chapman down in to the lane driving left. He misses a post shot from five feet as it just rolls out. Chapman grabs the board.
- Chapman backs Smith down again, but slips on the court and loses the ball to Smith.
- Smith gains possession and launches a two-pointer...it rattles out and Chapman gets the rebound.
- Chapman drives left, misses lay up, ball kicks awkwardly to Smith, but Chapman dives and knocks it off of Smith's leg. Chapman regains control and drives to the free throw line. He fires a shot back up high off the glass, gets fouled, but sinks it! Chapman wins 15-13 and is the champion of the Dayton Flyers All-Time One-on-One Tournament.
Chapman after the game:
"First of all I want to congratulate Donald on the excellent game he played. He is such a talented, dynamic player. I give all of the credit in the world to Donald. He played a tough, physical game and there was nobody tougher to play than him. It was just an amazing ride. Words can't describe it. It really hasn't sunk in. Right now, it's just a lot of fun.
Smith after the game:
"I would like to congratulate Roosevelt. He is such a fine offensive player. It was a great basketball game. I played well. He played well. Roosevelt was just able to finish a bit better. I fought the entire game and that's all you can really ask for. Certainly, I am disappointed with the way it ended, but it was a memorable experience."