Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am Tips Off

All returning and incoming players for Pitt's 2011-12 roster except for Travon Woodall were in action for Monday's opener.

UPMC 73 PGT 69 Overtime
UPMC, led by a strong showing from Talib Zanna, held on for the overtime victory after relinquishing a seven-point halftime lead, to win the opening game of the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am by a score of 73-69.

Zanna finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. He had a tremendous game from start to finish, as he began the night's scoring with back-to-back deep jump shots. He carried his scoring prowess all the way through the overtime, where he added five more points, to lead UPMC to victory.

Coming up big in a losing effort was Pitt freshman Malcolm Gilbert. In his debut, he finished with a team-leading 13 points and 11 rebounds. He also contributed a number of blocked shots to go along with tough overall defense.

Pitt true freshman Durand Johnson added 4 points, two rebounds, and one assist, while playing well on defense throughout the game. Redshirt freshman Cameron Wright had 5 points, one rebound, and one assist for PGT.

The Lair 69 Center Court 63
The Lair trailed by seven points at halftime, but thanks to two late three-pointers by Isaiah Epps, came on strong in the second half to claim a 69-63 victory over Center Court.

Perhaps the most impressive performer of the night was Pitt freshman John Johnson. He put on a scoring clinic. In a losing effort, Johnson had 26 points, doing so in a variety of ways. He showed his range by hitting a fade away three-pointer and a couple of deep two-pointers early on. He followed that by aggressively driving to the hoop all game long. He also added two rebounds and one assist on a night in which he did not disappoint.

Pitt's Isaiah Epps and Dante Taylor both had solid outings, contributing 12 points each for The Lair. Epps came up big in the second half by hitting two late three-pointers to put the game out of reach. He also added six assists in the game, two of which came off of some nifty passing.

Taylor had a solid all-around night, contributing the highest rebound total of all three games with 16. He played good defense throughout the game as he and highly touted freshman Khem Birch went head-to-head.

In the losing effort, Birch had 4 points, two rebounds, and one assist. He also flashed some phenomenal defensive ability as he collected 6 blocked shots. Pitt's J.J. Moore finished the game with 7 points, five rebounds, and 1 assist. Davidson's Tom Droney had 8 points for Center Court.

SPK Law 76 PBC 60
SPK Law, led by a very strong performance by Ashton Gibbs, carried leads as large 16 points all the way to a win over PBC to close out the first night of play in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am League.

Gibbs had a game-high 26 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. He played a very well rounded game and connected on five three-point shots. He also seemed to have a very nice rapport with fellow Pitt player Lamar Patterson, as the two were in sync throughout the course of the game.

Patterson put together a very strong overall game as he had 10 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. He showed great range early in the game by hitting back-to-back deep three-point attempts.

Pitt's Nasir Robinson and last year's League star, Duquesne's T.J. McConnell, led PBC throughout the game, yet were not able to come away with a victory. Robinson was very solid, adding 17 points and playing great defense. McConnell continued to shine in this League, as he had 11 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

STANDINGS AFTER ONE GAME

TEAM, W-L,PF,PA
UPMC,1-0, 73,69
The Lair, 1-0, 69,63
SPK Law,1-0, 76,60
PGT,0-1, 69,73
Center Court,0-1, 63,69
PBC, 0-1, 60,76
Steel City Tickets, 0-0, 0,0


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