Exodus Doubles Up Atlanta

SUWANEE, Ga. -- With a couple of minutes left to play, the rain came pouring from the dour, grey Georgia skies, battering the metal roof of the gymnasium and creating a noisy patter that sounded a lot like applause. If you didn't know better, you'd have thought the basketball gods were signaling their approval of what Exodus NYC was about to accomplish.

New York's finest had been one of the best teams in the country that had not won anything -- until now. Making up for lost opportunities, Exodus didn't just march through Atlanta like Sherman, they doubled up old ATL, their second victory a major one, 51-41 over East Bay Xplosion, in what amounts to the national Adidas circuit championship game on Sunday.