The Gaters' own "Carolina Connection," Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants, looked primed to carry the seven-deep roster deep into the playoffs.
Carolina Connection came out of the gates smoking, giving the Gaters all they could handle early in the first half. Soon enough, though, their shots stopped falling, and the Gaters woke up and went on a serious tear, winning the game by a comfortable 124-80 margin.
While McCants had been putting up the serious numbers in pool play, it was Felton who shouldered the scoring load against the Connection, especially after McCants rested with a small finger injury. Felton scored 37 points, and added 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
Meanwhile, McCants tallied 26 points (surprisingly, his lowest output of the tournament), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
Later in the evening, the Gaters rolled through the Ohio Stars in the second round, 124-110, and will face a deep Team Michigan squad in tomorrow's first semifinal match up. Should they eliminate Team Michigan, the winner of the Tennessee Thunder – Martin Brothers game awaits them in Tuesday evening's final.
McCants, Felton shine in Junior Olympics