Nite Liting It Up - July 1993

A quartet of Montgomery County basketball players ended up on the winning end of a benefit basketball tournament sponsored by Montgomery General Hospital on Saturday.

The Nite Lites - including former Wooton All-Star Met Kirk Kley, former Gaithersburg stars Jia Simms and Tracy Turner, and former Seneca Valley player Constantine G. Pergantis - took home the trophy of the eight-team tournament, winning three games on the parking lot of the Olney Town Center.

The tournament also featured squads with the former NBA players Adrian Dantley and Tate Armstrong, but the Nite Lites stole the show.  DeMatha High School alum Dantley took an early exit, as his team lost in the first round.  The Nite Lites won their opener by 12 points, escaped 32-31 in the second round, and beat Armstrong's club 32-21 in the championship game.

Team members say the tournament was yet another string of solid displays by the Nite Lites.  The club made the finals of the 700-team, national Hoop-It-Up tournament in New York City three weeks ago, and Turner also won the Upper Deck slam-dunk contest in New York.  Turner's performance is scheduled to appear on NBC's "NBA Inside Stuff" on Nov. 13th.