Pro-Am League Championship Recap

PBC prevails, despite a 30-point performance from Ashton Gibbs on the opposing SPK Law team. Three Pitt players selected to All-League team.

No. 1 PBC 86 No. 4 SPK Law 79
In the Championship, and final game of the 2011 PBC Pro Am, number one ranked PBC was able to defeat the number four ranked SPK Law by a score of 86-79. In the initial stages of the game, it looked as though PBC would be no match for SPK Law, as SPK gained leads as large as 20 points, including a 16-point halftime lead.

In the second half, however, SPK Law, with only 6 players, looked gassed and undermanned, as PBC controlled the tempo from start to finish. PBC was able to take the lead at the 7:00 minute mark on a three-point play from former Gannon star, Kyle Goldcamp. After that point, PBC never relinquished its lead, and was able to cap its comeback with a 7-point victory. In a surprising twist, the only team lacking a current or former Pitt player, PBC, was able to finish with the best record in the league, and win the league Championship.

Eventual league MVP, Jakim Donaldson, formerly of Edinboro, lead the way for PBC with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 1 blocked shot. Donaldson was an absolute force for the entire season and is a very deserving recipient of this award. T.J. McConnell of Duquesne added 11 points, 6 assists, and 9 rebounds for PBC, and he will also join his teammate, Donaldson, on the All-League team.

Leading the way for SPK Law was Pitt's Ashton Gibbs, as he contributed 30 points and 5 assists in the loss. Gibbs continued to show that he was one of the best players in this league, as he carried his team for most of the game. Unfortunately, his three-point shot was never quite there for him on Wednesday night, as he went just 1-4 from beyond the arc.

Pitt's Lamar Patterson also came up with a solid game for SPK Law, as he finished the game with 13 points, 4 assists, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks. As was the case with Gibbs, Patterson also struggled from three-point range, connecting on just 1-7 three-point shots. Gibbs and Patterson did not have much room to work with in the Championship, as PBC played excellent team defense and held them in check when it mattered most.

Former Pitt Panther Gary McGhee had a solid game in his team's loss, checking in with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Goldcamp finished the game with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 1 block. Youngstown State's Kendrick Perry chipped in 16 points.

LEAGUE MVP
Jakim Donaldson-Edinboro (Alumnus)

ALL-LEAGUE TEAM
Jakim Donaldson-Edinboro (Alumnus)
J.J. Moore-Pitt
Ashton Gibbs-Pitt
Dante Taylor-Pitt
Juwan Staten-West Virginia
Coron Williams-Robert Morris
T.J. McConnell-Duquesne
Gilbert Brown-Pitt (Alumnus)
Kendrick Perry-Youngstown State


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