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
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
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.
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
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.