Bouie led J&J to Easter Tourney title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 April 2020 at 9:24 am

Contributed Photo – J&J Coach Gary Wood meets here with three of his key players, from left, Marty Smith, Roosevelt Bouie and Nate Bouie prior to the start of the 1975 Lockport YMCA Easter Tournament which J&J won.

Fresh from leading Kendall to a Section V basketball title, Roosevelt Bouie helped spark the Middleport J&J Restaurant sponsored team to a championship in the 1975 Lockport YMCA Easter Tournament.

Bouie, who was named the tournament’s MVP, poured in 50 points in J&J’s 99-52 romp of Davidson Road Inn in the championship game.

However, it took a narrow 78-76 win over Park Inn in the semifinals to give J&J a shot at the title.

J&J took a 76-74 lead with 18 seconds to go on a basket by Nate Bouie, Roosevelt’s cousin.

However, Park Inn quickly retied the contest setting the stage for a dramatic finish.

With just four seconds to go Jon Holden inbounded the ball for J&J to Nate Bouie who in turn fired the ball to Roosevelt Bouie who scored the game winner on a reverse dunk.

Roosevelt Bouie finished with 35 points and Nate Bouie 15.

In the opening round, J&J rolled past Wilson’s Pizza 85-45 as Roosevelt Bouie again had 35 and Nate Bouie 15.

In addition to the Bouies from Kendall  the J&J squad included Dan Albee, Dan Seefeldt, Gregg Harrington and Mark Wilson from Roy-Hart along with Holden Marty Smith, Brian Graham and Tom Sarratori from Starpoint.

The J&J squad was the only non Lockport team in the tourney.

The tourney title was the second in five years for Coach Gary Wood’s squad.

Editor’s Note – The spring high school sports previews will resume Monday.