PBC 83 Center Court 73
PBC jumped out to a 17-point lead at halftime behind the guard play of T.J. McConnell, while adding an explosive touch from Youngstown State's Kendrick Perry. Perry is a 6-0 guard who showed his ability to get to the rim, including a spectacular 360-degree dunk to close out the scoring.
McConnell set up Perry all night long. McConnell finished with 16 points and 7 assists, while Perry contributed a game-high 22 points. PBC also had a big game from Jakim Donaldson, who finished with 17 points and a team-high 15 rebounds.
At the outset of the game, it looked like Center Court had all the star power with former Pitt player Gilbert Brown, J.J. Moore with freshmen Durand Johnson and John Johnson all representing Pitt. Duquesne alum Aaron Jackson also returned to the league to play for Center Court. John Johnson rebounded with a much better game from his performance on Monday night. He led Center Court with 20 points, which included four three-pointers. Brown added 19 points, followed by Moore with 12 and Jackson with 10. Moore converted 5-of-14 shots from the field, including 1-of-4 from three-point range.
Durand Johnson was a little quieter from his performance Monday night, but still finished with 6 points and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
Center Court could only get as close as five points in the second half thanks to consecutive three-pointers from John Johnson and Brown. Up 65-56 at that point, PBC called a timeout to regroup with 9:35 left in the game.
Brown later added one of his trademark tomahawk dunks, to cut his team's deficit to seven points, trailing 74-67. Robert Morris' David Appolan added a three-pointer, as Center Court trailed 75-70. McConnell and Perry went to work once more, giving their team some breathing room. McConnell was successful on a drive all the way down the lane. He set up Perry on an alley oop on the following possession, quickly building his team's lead back to 10.
PBC closes the regular season at 5-1, and will get a bye for Monday night's first round of the playoffs. They return to action Tuesday. Center Court gets the No. 6 seed, and will take on The Lair.
The Lair 81 UPMC 72
The Lair got out to leads as big as 15 in the first half, and as big as a 19-point lead in the second half. In both halves, however, they had to fight off furious comebacks, eventually holding on for a 81-72 win over UPMC.
The Lair jumped out to a 31-16 lead in the first ten minutes of the game. J.J. Moore and Durand Johnson played for UPMC on Wednesday night—a second game of the night for both players. Moore struggled in the second game, shooting just 3-of-10 from the field, finishing with 7 points. Johnson was just 2-of-16 from the field, but 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He collected 10 points in his second game of the night.
The Lair was sparked by strong performances from Robert Morris' Coron Williams, former Pitt walk-on Griffin Abel and former Pitt player Gary McGhee. The Lair dressed just seven players, but had six of those players finish in double-figures. McGhee and Youngstown State's Ashen Ward led the way with 14 points apiece. Abel and Williams each added 12.
Moore hit a three-pointer at the end of the first half, cutting his team's deficit to two, at 39-37. Nate Perry—another standout from Youngstown State—hit a three-pointer for UPMC to open the scoring for the second half, giving his team an early one-point lead. In fact, both teams traded a pair of three-pointers to open the scoring for the second half.
The trio of Abel, Williams and McGhee went to work for The Lair, to get the lead back into double-digits. A three-pointer from Youngstown State's Fletcher Larson keyed a 12-0 run, as The Lair went up 52-43. In the end, the two runs that The Lair had in both the first and second halves was too much to overcome.
The Lair will begin the playoffs on Tuesday night against Center Court. UPMC takes on SPK Law.
PGT 76 Steel City Tickets 60
PGT jumped out to a 51-27 halftime lead, and even led by as many as 31 in the early goings of the second half. Steel City Tickets—playing in its final game of the Pro-Am League—put forth a lackluster effort in the first effort, but still fought back in the game's final ten minutes to make it interesting, before eventually falling 76-60 to PGT.
PGT gets the other first-round bye on Monday night, and will open its playoff run on Tuesday night.
PGT has success because of a combative team effort. While Pitt was represented by Nick Rivers and Malcolm Gilbert, PGT also got big games from Robert Morris alum Chaz McCrommin and Duquesne's B.J. Montiero. McCrommin led with 18 points, followed by Rivers and Montiero with 14 each. The 14 points from Rivers was a season-best. That also included an impressive 4-of-8 performance from three-point range. Gilbert finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds. He also blocked four shots—something he's been consistent with all summer.
FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGSPBC, 5-1, 418, 382
PGT, 4-2, 419, 401
The Lair, 4-3, 514, 517
SPK Law, 3-3, 481, 460
UPMC, 3-3, 420, 434
Steel City Tickets, 1-4, 300, 331
Center Court, 1-5, 396, 411
MONDAY NIGHT PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
7 pm No. 3 The Lair vs. No. 6 Center Court
8 pm No. 4 SPK Law vs. No. 5 UPMC