Fraser, Panthers win Big Time Tourney

The Long Island Panthers won the 344-team Big Time tournament in Las Vegas yesterday, beating the Tim Thomas Playaz, 84-73.

Tar Heel center target Jason Fraser was named Most Outstanding Player. Fraser posted 27 points and 22 rebounds in the semifinals against Baltimore Select.

The All-Tournament Team included Fraser, Raymond Felton, Curtis Sumpter, Lenny Cooke, and Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart "Against the taller Fraser, Boggan wasn't nearly as effective. Fraser likened guarding Boggan to playing against Charles Barkley. He stood his ground, changed the way he guarded him in each half and though he didn't stop the 310-pound runaway train, he did slow it down." (Panthers Drop Playaz For Big Time Title) "Aside from Fraser's dominance on the glass and his presence as a shot blocker, the big fella from Amityville showed us a little offense as well. He's a warrior and his contributions in the leadership department don't go unnoticed." (Day Five Notes and Top Performers) "Fraser and clutch shooting Louisville commitment Dean combined to put the game away: Fraser swatted an attempt by Boggan and made one of his patented outlet passes that led to a layup..." (Game reports) "I did not know that I played like that," Fraser admitted. I thought I maybe had 16 points and 12 rebounds. I was cutting everything in half. I try to go into a mental zone, where you just play hard and tough. And the stats come out after that." (Fraser Erupts as Panthers Tame Baltimore)

The Sporting News: "A 6-10 center from Amityville, N.Y., Fraser was assigned to defend wide-bodied center Mario Boggan and kept the 310-pound Florida recruit well away from scoring position most of the night. Boggan released just six shots and scored 11 points. Without his inside scoring the Playaz were forced to try winning the game from behind the 3-point line. They shot 11-of-28." (Fraser earns MVP honors at Big Time title game)

Las Vegas Review-Journal: "I'm good with pressure," said Fraser. "When most players crack, that's when I'm at my best, when the team needs you the most. That's when you pull all the tricks out of the bag." (Long Island team claims tourney title)

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