Peach Jam: Day 1 Notes and Stats
NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga. --
Recapping player performances of note (to Tar Heel fans) during Thursday's action at the Peach Jam.
Rashad McCants: Playing a mediocre Memphis team in the morning game, McCants' team coasted - and so did McCants. He had 14 points (4-11 FG, 3-5 3pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds and three steals. In the evening contest, however, McCants had a MONSTER game. McCants took it right at BABC's frontcourt of 6-9 Torin Francis and 7-0 Keith Butler, scoring 31 points and grabbing seven rebounds. For the second-straight game, he was deadly accurate from beyond the arc, shooting 5-7 on three-point attempts. He did EVERYTHING: attacking the hoop, the screaming monster dunk, an alley-oop, long-range threes, no-look passes, tearing away loose balls, lock-down defense, he won the opening tip over Francis - heck, he even mopped up a sweat spot on the floor!
Torin Francis: He averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in his two games. The defense was good, as always, blocking shots with either hand, and the offense is getting better and better. He hit several jumpers from the top of the key and was one of the first down the court on the fast break. Francis just keeps getting better.
Sean May: In his first game, he looked terrific, outplaying Shelden Williams and displaying remarkable finesse and agility for a big man on his way to 23 points and nine rebounds. In the evening game against Coast to Coast, however, he looked sluggish. The short-range shots didn't fall and he was considerably less involved in the offense, finishing the game with 12 points.
Shelden Williams vs. Shavlik Randolph: After scoring 23 points in a morning loss to Team Texas, Randolph faced off against Williams, guarding him for most of the game. Randolph was clearly still bothered by his injured ankle, with a slight limp and unable to jump -- and he was noticeably frustrated by the condition (didn't even come close to cracking a smile from tipoff to the final buzzer). Despite all this, he still had 20 points, seven rebounds and at least four blocks - a true testament to his skills and mental approach to the game. Williams, meanwhile, posted 15 points and seven blocks. Matt Walsh stole the show with an impressive 25 points, but Athletes First dealt the Raleigh Heat their second defeat of the day.