The Lair 61 Steel City 60 Overtime
The Lair, without the services of Pitt's Dante Taylor, was able to force overtime after trailing by seven points at the break. In the overtime, The Lair inched out a 61-60 win over Steel City Tickets to advance to 3-1 in the league.
In a game that featured no Pitt players, Coron Williams of Robert Morris, and Steve McNees, formerly of Akron, led The Lair. Williams had 14 points and 6 rebounds, while McNees had 6 points and 2 assists.
In a losing effort, two West Virginia transfer students, Juwan Staten and Aaric Murray, led Steel City Tickets throughout the game. Staten had 8 points and 1 assist. Murray had an 11-point, 17 rebound double-double in a strong first showing.
Steel City Tickets now falls to 0-2.
Center Court 83 SPK Law 73
Center Court, led by a monstrous outing from Pitt's J.J. Moore, never trailed in this game, as they were able to coast to an 83-73 victory over SPK Law. Center Court picked up its first win in league play, advancing to 1-2.
In what was easily his finest game in the league, J.J. Moore was seemingly all over the floor for Center Court on Wednesday night. Moore had a team-high 25 points in the victory, and added 5 rebounds and 1 assist. He was able to connect on three, three-pointers, while also picking up three, three-point plays. Moore followed this by throwing down a thundering alley-oop dunk off of a very nice John Johnson pass. As far as overall games go, Moore produced one of the better outings that the fans have witnessed this season.
Center Court's freshman duo of John Johnson and Khem Birch came up huge once again and, if nothing else, showed the ability to play defense against elite competition. Johnson had 20 points, 3 assists, and 1 rebound. When guarding Senior Ashton Gibbs, Johnson was able to use his quickness to produce two steals and to frustrate Gibbs for the duration of the game. Birch had 8 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots. This was noticeably one of his finest performances in the league.
Not to be outdone, the aforementioned Gibbs had a solid night of his own for SPK Law. Gibbs notched 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist in the losing effort. He started very slow, as he only had three points through the first six minutes of the game, yet was able to come alive as the game progressed in order to keep his team afloat. Gibbs had four three-pointers and went 9-10 from the foul line.
Lamar Patterson had somewhat of an under the radar night for SPK Law, yet still managed to collect a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Many of his points came in the latter portion of the game as his team was trying to catch up to Center Court. Youngstown State's DuShawn Brooks added 8 points for SPK Law.
SPK Law now falls to 2-2 in the league after previously being unbeaten with the services of Ashton Gibbs.
PBC 73 UPMC 60
PBC rode a ten-point halftime lead all the way to a 73-60 victory over UPMC in the final game of the night. In one of the more interesting games of the season, former Pitt Panther DeJuan Blair suited up for an undermanned UPMC team. Due to the shortage of players for both teams, J.J. Moore and Khem Birch were forced into double duty, as they played for PBC directly after their scheduled 8 o'clock game.
Blair was able to contribute 9 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in the 2011 league. Talib Zanna, after being held scoreless for the first half, finished the game with 8 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Pitt freshman Durand Johnson chipped in 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.
PBC was led by a very impressive performance from former Edinboro University player, Jakim Donaldson. He finished the game with 20 points and 19 rebounds. Duquesne guard T.J. McConnell had 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Former CCBC guard Lamar Castile had 24 points for UPMC.
In their second game of the night, J.J. Moore and Khem Birch did not see very much action. Nevertheless, Moore had 6 points and 4 rebounds, while Birch had 6 points and 5 rebounds.
UPMC now drops to 2-2, having lost its past two games.
STANDINGS AFTER FOUR GAMES
TEAM, W-L, PF, PA
The Lair, 3-1, 281, 273
PBC, 3-1, 254, 242
SPK Law, 2-2, 297, 291
UPMC, 2-2, 275, 292
Center Court, 1-2, 213, 210
PGT, 1-2, 206, 213
Steel City Tickets, 0-2, 114, 119