Deveroes Tournament Report-Tuesday, July 17th

Bearcat Insider was on hand on Tuesday night at Woodward High School's gym to see the first two quarterfinal games of the Deveroes League tournament.

Tuesday night's opening round games for the Deveroes League enjoyed its biggest crowd of the year, and there were plenty of Bearcats to watch.


The first game of the evening pitted the #2 seed Mike Albert Leasing against the #7 seed John H. Flessa Law Office.  Both clubs included a couple of Bearcats.  Mike Albert Leasing had Jamual Warren and Adam Hyranciuk while John Flessa included Marvin Gentry and Marcus Sikes.


It was a very spirited contest with Bearcats playing prominently in the outcome.  Jamual Warren was the best player on the floor.  Jamual scored 35 points to go with 8 rebounds and was absolutely sensational.  The Bearcat point guard was 6 for 10 from long range but also recorded 5 assists.  Teammate Adam Hyranciuk also played well by scoring 20 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.


The underdog John Flessa squad was without star forward Jack Jennings, who injured his back while lifting weights, and had to rely on others on this evening.  Bearcat guard Marvin Gentry had an off night scoring only 9 points and was 1 of 7 from behind the arc.  Marcus Sikes had a solid night totaling 14 points to go with 7 rebounds.  Marcus was 4 for 8 from long range.


The initial two minutes of the second half saw all four Bearcats in the game stroke a three pointer, but Jamual Warren stole the show in a losing effort.  The Bearcat point guard hit three pointers, drove to the hoop and scored and passed well before tiring late in the game.    John Flessa did everything possible in the closing seconds to keep Warren from getting the ball, and John Flessa defeated Mike Albert by an 87-84 final score.  Bearcat Insider spoke with Warren after the game and will have that interview tomorrow.


The second and final game of the night had the #3 seeded Goodies Restaurant going against the #7 seeded Slats.  This was a rematch of last Thursday's game when Goodies defeated Slats on a last second shot, but that game was a distant memory for those who attended Tuesday's game.


Slats started Alvin Mitchell, Mike Williams, Kenny Belton, Deonta Vaughn and Damon Flint, but Slats fell behind early and never really challenged the #3 seed.


Eddie Gary of SW Missouri dominated 1-st half play and ended the night with 20 points while Xavier's C. J. Anderson led all scores with 21 points.  Lonnie Hayes got off to a slow start but ended the evening with 14 points, all in the 2-nd half.  Brandon Russ of Cincinnati State dominated the paint in the 1-st half and finished with 11 points for the winners.


Slats never seemed able to find any flow and the game was never in doubt.  Deonta Vaughn led Slats with 17 points but had 6 turnovers and was only 6 of 17 from the floor.  Mike Williams chipped in with 8 points and 8 rebounds but had one of his weaker games of the summer.  Darnell Wilks had maybe his best game with 7 points and 9 rebounds, but in one stretch in the 2-nd half after Damon Flint came down the floor and chucked up and missed 3-4 straight 3 pointers, Wilks yelled at the veteran Bearcat to pass the basketball.  The official stats had Flint with 8 points on 3 of 7 shooting, but Damon was just coming down the floor and firing up ill-advised shots.  Mel Levett had 10 points while freshmen Alvin Mitchell, Kenny Belton, Larry Davis, and Rashad Bishop did not score.  The latter three played very sparingly.  Mitchell showed a slight limp after injuring his knee on Sunday, but I'm really not sure why the Slats team would give UC grads Levett and Flint so much more playing time over the freshmen.


Overall, it was a very sloppy game and the crowd slowly left during the contest.  In fact, the game was called with over 7 minutes remaining due to the mercy rule.  The final score was 81-50 and ended Slats' season with a 4-6 record.

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