Point guard Eddie Tyree was first in action with Western Hills Chick-fil-A. Tyree scored six points and had three assists in 12 minutes, while going toe-to-toe with Mark Lyons of Xavier on multiple occasions.
His defense was better than it looks when you look at Lyons numbers. He was beat off the dribble twice by Lyons and had a three-pointer drained in his face while playing good defense. His ball control was steady in one-on-one situations, but he struggled with the double team and full court pressure.
Tyree led a good fast break, scoring on a lay-up, and showed a strong drive to the hoop for two, but was slow getting back on defense and gave up a three pointer on the following possession.
Game three of the day featured a tough battle between SLATS and McCluskey Chevrolet. McCluskey is a team full of Northern Kentucky University players, and SLATS featured red shirt freshmen Sean Kilpatrick, two incoming freshmen, Justin Jackson and Kelvin Gaines and former Bearcat, Steve Toyloy.
The game was close the entire way, but SLATS claimed a 75-71 victory. Kilpatrick scored 24 points, including two huge three point shots down the stretch; one to tie the game with less than four minutes left, and another to increase his teams lead to four with two minutes to go.
He wasn't nearly as active as he has been in the past throughout the first half, but he was much different when the game was on the line in the second half. Early in both halves he looked like he didn't want to be on the court, but late in the game he showed hustle on both sides of the court, made two free throws with 24 seconds remaining and showed the "moxie" to step-up and hit a big shot. Kilpatrick was very impressive the final 10 minutes of the game.
Justin Jackson, again, was the player that stuck out on the court, but this time he did it without scoring a single point. He put up five blocks, all emphatic and stayed inbounds, four assists and six rebounds.
His first two assists included an offensive rebound and dish to Steve Toyloy, and leading the fast break with a dish to Kilpatrick. His blocks came inside and outside the paint. His first block came just over a minute into the game on an attempted lay-up, and his second was on a ten foot fade away attempt.
In what was my first time seeing Kelvin Gaines, there wasn't much to see. He played just eight minutes, but managed just two points, two rebounds, one steal and a turnover.
Those stats say more than his performance. His defense was lacking, getting beat on a screen that led to a three-pointer and committing a foul after getting beat to the lane, while getting out muscled on contested rebounds. He missed an easy tip, along with a one-on-one lay-up attempt, but his only basket came on a strong move where he out muscled two defenders.
In the final game of the day, Darnell Wilks looked impressive in his 13 minutes of playing time. On five- of-seven shooting, Wilks put up 11 points, including one-for-one from downtown.
As the "Pogo Stick" does, Wilks threw down two emphatic dunks coming off alley-oops. He is a "hustle" player, and it shows on the court, as he was able to easily get to the hoop on a couple of occasions and get himself open for a shot or easy assist. He totaled three assists, one coming on an inbounds alley-oop pass to a teammate for a slam.
Two days after Yancy Gates reportedly got into a physical altercation with teammate Paul McMillan, neither Gates, or Bearcat teammate, Dion Dixon were on the floor for Raeshon M. Mansoor Law Office, who earned a victory at noon on Saturday, July 24 vs. Jackson All-Stars.