PBC 81 The Lair 67
PBC, with the aid of former Pitt Panther Gilbert Brown, was able to overcome a one-point halftime deficit to defeat The Lair 81-67.
In his first appearance in the league this year, Brown put on a show for the fans in attendance. He finished the game with 22 points, including three highlight-reel dunks. Brown seemed to enhance his all-around game and looks poised to contribute at the professional ranks, whether it is with German squad S. Oliver Wurzburg, or somewhere in the NBA.
In a losing effort, Pitt's Dante Taylor had somewhat of an underwhelming game. While he did finish with an 11 point, 10 rebound double-double, he didn't seem to have the offensive rhythm that he has possessed in recent games. However, it was encouraging to see him step up his defensive tenacity on Wednesday night, as he had 3 blocks and 1 steal, and seemed to play with more aggression at that end of the court.
Coron Williams of Robert Morris added 20 points for The Lair.
With the victory, PBC now improves to a league-best 4-1 record, while The Lair drops to a second-place 3-2.
PGT 84 SPK Law 81
PGT, led by a big game from Pitt freshman Malcolm Gilbert, was able to pull out a hard fought, 84-81 victory over an Ashton Gibbs-less SPK Law. PGT looked as if it was going to coast to an easy win after leading by 15 points at the break, but SPK Law surged back in the second half, only to come up one game-tying three-pointer short.
Gilbert may have had his best game in league play on Wednesday night, as he was very strong on both ends of the court. He finished the game with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 ferocious blocks. He seems to be developing his post game as the league progresses and is becoming visibly more comfortable on offense. Gilbert is showing the natural ability needed to contribute early for the Panthers.
Cameron Wright had a pretty solid game in his own right, as he had 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. He has shown the ability to be a facilitator or a scorer, depending on what the situation calls for.
Lamar Patterson once again had a very steady night for SPK Law. In the loss, Patterson was able to rack up a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He is not the flashiest of the players in the league, but he always seems to get the job done. He finished the game 6-7 from the free throw line.
PGT improves to 2-2, while SPK Law drops to 2-3.
Steel City Tickets 65 Center Court 63
In one of the closest, most intense games of the league this year, Steel City Tickets hit a game-winning lay-up with no time left on the clock to pull off a stunning victory over Center Court. Steel City Tickets rebounded from a seven-point halftime deficit and, with the help of West Virginia's Aaron Brown, improved to 1-2 in the league.
In what has become an extremely common occurrence, Pitt's J.J. Moore had another fantastic all-around game. Moore finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and provided some entertainment with three thunderous dunks. Moore appears ready for an increased role with Jaime Dixon's squad and could be well on his way to an outstanding year.
Freshman Khem Birch was able to put together his best game for Center Court, as he contributed 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 block. He started off very slow on Wednesday night, but certainly enhanced his intensity level in the second half. He came up big with a lay-in and a monster dunk in the last minute of the game and was seemingly leading his team down the stretch.
In what appeared to be a quiet night for fellow freshman John Johnson, he was still able to muster up 15 point. This speaks volumes of just how good Johnson has been in league play, as a 15-point night is somewhat of an off game for him. Johnson started off very strong in this game with 8 points in the first ten minutes, yet never quite found his shot, as he went 0-5 from three-point range.
Steel City Tickets received solid outings from West Virginia's Aaron Brown and Juwan Staten. Brown finished the game with 13 points, while Staten had 10 points and 4 assists.
Center Court now drops to 1-3 in the league.
STANDINGS AFTER FIVE GAMES
TEAM, W-L, PF, PA
PBC, 4-1, 335, 309
The Lair, 3-2, 348, 354
UPMC, 2-2, 275, 292
PGT, 2-2, 290, 294
SPK Law, 2-3, 378, 375
Steel City Tickets, 1-2, 179, 182
Center Court, 1-3, 276, 275