The Lair 74 SPK Law 65
The Lair, paced by a double-double performance from Dante Taylor, was able to hold on to their one-point halftime lead and defeat SPK Law by a score of 74-65 in Wednesday night's opening game.
Taylor--in arguably his finest performance in three years in the Pro-Am league--carried his momentum from Monday night and parlayed it into his second straight double-double. He finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 assist. Taylor possessed a great scoring touch around the basket all game long and was a dominant post player. Add in a terrific alley-oop dunk off of a nice pass from former Pitt walk-on, Griffin Abel, and Taylor had a very strong all around night.
Lamar Patterson, in a losing effort, was able to produce another solid game for SPK Law. Patterson had 8 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists. He was able to get to the free throw line with some consistency, and connected on 4-6 free throws. Youngstown State's DuShawn Brooks added 24 points for SPK Law.
The Lair improves to 2-0 in the league, while SPK Law drops to 1-1.
UPMC 68 Center Court 67
UPMC was able to erase a three-point halftime deficit to lay claim to a 68-67 hard-fought victory over Center Court. Pitt freshman John Johnson hit a buzzer beating half court shot at halftime to put Center Court ahead 27-24, but UPMC, led by some clutch foul shooting from fellow freshman Durand Johnson, was able to squeak by with a one-point win.
The star of the game, and possibly the night, was Pitt's J.J. Moore. In the losing effort, Moore was able to come up big on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. He finished the game with 26 points, 7 rebounds, and a pair of blocks. He flashed his range by connecting on two three-pointers and some deep jumpers, but really impressed with his ability to attack the hoop and rack up points. He was 8-9 from the foul line.
The freshman tandem of Khem Birch and John Johnson were also able to produce for Center Court, as they had 5 and 15 points, respectively. Johnson, for the second game in a row, showed explosive acceleration and the ability to nearly score at will. He added one rebound and one assist to his scoring output. Birch finished the night with 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. He, once again, looked great defensively.
Talib Zanna had yet another good game, as he was nearly able to produce back-to-back double-doubles. He finished the game with 10 points and 9 rebounds, and was a consistent force down low. Durand Johnson contributed 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist for UPMC. He was particularly impressive from the foul line as he connected on four-straight free throws with the game on the line. He went 7-10 overall.
UPMC remains unbeaten, at 2-0, while Center Court drops to 0-2.
PBC 63 PGT 52
PBC was able to ride it's halftime lead of fifteen-points and turn it into a surprisingly hard-fought 63-52 victory over PGT in the final game of Wednesday night. Cameron Wright showed flashes of brilliance with some spectacular passing and scoring ability early on, but PGT could not sustain its very early lead and faced too large of a halftime deficit, as they fell to 0-2 in the league.
Wright was extremely effective in the early stages of the game and looked poised for an amazing performance. He finished the first half with 11 points, yet was stymied in the second half, only collecting 2 more points. He finished the game with 13 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Pitt freshman Malcolm Gilbert did not match the offensive output that he had on Monday night, but was just as effective on defense. In the loss, he had 3 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 6 blocked shots. He continues to show that he has the ability to be a dominant defender at the collegiate level.
PBC improves to 1-1.
STANDINGS AFTER TWO GAMES
TEAM, W-L, PF, PA
UPMC, 2-0, 141, 136
The Lair, 2-0, 143, 128
SPK Law, 1-1, 141, 134
PBC, 1-1, 123, 128
PGT, 0-2, 121, 136
Center Court, 0-2, 130, 137
Steel City Tickets, 0-0, 0, 0