Telfair lives up to hype
Perhaps the most anticipated game of the day came Saturday evening between Sebastian Telfair's Juice Allstars and JamesOn Curry's North Carolina Gaters at the Dean E. Smith Center. And even if the crowd of onlookers were excited and eager for the matchup to tip, Juice didn't appear too concerned.
Arriving on the court just minutes before the 7:00 scheduled tip, Juice took the floor without hardly any warm-up. And in the beginning, the Allstars appeared bothered by their lack of pregame preparation as the Gaters and Curry jumped out to an early lead.
But Telfair and Jermaine Bell, a rail thin 7-footer from Notre Dame Prep (MA), were too much for the deep and talented Gaters.
Telfair started the game cold but turned it on after halftime, draining 4 three pointers, and leading Juice to an impressive pool play victory over the Gaters on its home turf. Telfair finished with 17 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
Bell was equally impressive. The athletic big man attacked the offensive glass for several putbacks and dunks and altered enough shots on the defensive end to cause problems for the Gaters inside.
JamesOn Curry, a 6'3 combo guard committed to North Carolina, put on quite an offensive show himself. Curry drained several deep threes, scored in the paint and finished on the break.
6'10 Cedric Simmons, of West Brunswick, NC, impressed with his athletic ability around the rim and threw down a couple of nasty dunks against Juice.
But in the end, Telfair's on court leadership and determined second half effort were too much for the talented Gators to overcome.