SPK Law 83 UPMC 74
SPK Law, led by a terrific game from Pitt senior Ashton Gibbs, was able to ride a twelve-point halftime lead all the way to a comfortable 83-74 victory over previously unbeaten UPMC.
Gibbs once again showed why he is poised to become the leader of the 2011-2012 Panthers, as he dominated the game from start to finish. Gibbs had a 2011 league-high 31-point scoring output, which included five three pointers and several very deep two pointers. He also added 6 assists, showing that he possesses the ability to be a distributor as well as a scorer—which had to please head coach Jamie Dixon, who was in attendance for third game in a row. If his two games of play thus far are any indication of things to come, Gibbs should contend for All-America honors.
Lamar Patterson was able to come up big for SPK Law for the third straight game, as he was able to produce 20 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Patterson showed his range, as he connected on one three-pointer and four deep two-pointers. He also proved that he is a threat to score off of the dribble. He and Gibbs really seem to play to each other's strengths.
While UPMC was not able to steal a victory, the team received great play from Talib Zanna and freshman Durand Johnson. Zanna posted his second double-double of the summer, while Johnson proved to be much more aggressive in his third game and exploded with 18 points. Zanna was able to rack up 10 points and 14 rebounds, while Johnson added four rebounds to his breakout performance that included two three-pointers and a fantastic alley-oop dunk.
SPK Law now improves to 2-1, while UPMC is no longer unbeaten, falling to 2-1.
PBC 58 Steel City Tickets 54
PBC, after holding a twelve-point halftime lead, was able to fight off a late push from Steel City Tickets to win by a score of 58-54. The second game of the night, which featured no players from Pitt, became as close as 56-52 with 27 seconds remaining, before PBC held on with some late foul shooting.
Youngstown State's Kendrick Perry led PBC to the victory, posting 14 points. He was able to connect on four three-pointers.
Monday night marked the first game for Steel City Tickets, consisting purely of West Virginia returning players, transfers, incoming freshman, and West Virginia Wesleyan players.
PBC improves to 2-1, while Steel City Tickets drops its first game in the league, to become 0-1.
PGT 85 The Lair 77
PGT was able to collect its first win with an 85-77 victory over The Lair, who fell from the ranks of the unbeatens. PGT possessed a 34-28 lead at halftime, and seemed to have all of the momentum throughout the course of the game.
Nasir Robinson, playing in his first game for his assigned team of PGT, had a tremendous all-around game. He played very stingy defense all game long, and matched that effort on the offensive side of the ball with an 18-point night. He added 6 rebounds and 4 assists to his scoring and showed why he is considered to be one of the better players in this league.
PGT's duo of Cameron Wright and Malcolm Gilbert had solid games for the third consecutive night. Wright was able to produce 9 points and 2 assists, while Gilbert notched 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. Both players are very strong on the defensive end of the court and could see action in the upcoming season for that reason alone.
In the losing effort, The Lair received another solid outing from Pitt's Dante Taylor. After starting out a little slow, Taylor quietly put together a 20-point scoring night. He showed that he has the ability to be a terror in the low post, and also was a respectable 4-6 from the free throw line. He collected 6 rebounds and even showed some range by hitting a very deep two-pointer at the end of the game.
PGT improves to 1-2, while The Lair falls to 2-1.
STANDINGS AFTER THREE GAMESTEAM, W-L, PF, PA
UPMC, 2-1, 215, 219
The Lair, 2-1, 220, 213
SPK Law, 2-1, 224, 208
PBC, 2-1, 123, 128
PGT, 1-2, 206, 213
Steel City Tickets, 0-1, 54, 58
Center Court, 0-2, 130, 137