Next up was #6 seed, Monmouth. CLL jumped out to a lead early, but the complexion of the game changed dramatically about halfway through the first quarter. When Khalid El-Amin checked in after arriving late, the focus and energy of the players on both sides shifted. Defensive players were more aggressive in applying pressure. Offensive players looked to penetrate more. Whether matched up against El-Amin or not, everyone's energy seemed to pick up.
Adam went head to head with El-Amin for most of the time when both were on the floor. The matchup was clearly won by El-Amin, as it should have been, he did get a cup of coffee in the NBA. Adam did have his moments; however, and didn't embarrass himself. He finished the game with 16 points on 7/16 shooting from the field, 0/4 from three, 2/2 from the line, three rebounds, three assists, and a steal.
For the summer, including the playoffs, Adam averaged 16.5 points in 10 Pulley League games. I was only able to watch three games, but I thought he looked much better taking the ball to the basket than he did a year ago in this same league. The added strength has probably helped this aspect of his game, but it may have affected his jumpshot, as he didn't shoot the ball as well as he did a year ago. With a few hundred extra jump shots, I don't think he'll have a problem regaining his shooting touch. Overall, Adam looked like an improved player, and that improvement should carry over into next season.
Tonight, Monmouth takes on A & A Millwork for the Pulley League title. Monmouth, behind Khalid El-Amin, handed A & A Millwork their first playoff loss last night. With both teams now having one loss, it's winner take all tonight.