System One 95 Shale Attorney 80
The league's highest-scoring team continued with its fast-pace in Monday night's opener, a 95-80 win for System One over Shale Attorney.
Back and forth for much of the first half, System One was able to create some space right before halftime, with a 49-45 lead after the first frame, Young with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Three minutes in to the second half, System One built their lead to 58-49--consecutive defensive rebounds by Young that led to fast breaks.
Robert Morris' Marquese Reed led the way with 22 points. Young finished with his third double-double in as many games, 18 points and 15 rebounds. Robinson was efficient distributing the ball with seven assists and just one turnover, to go with 12 points. Duquesne's L.G. Gill also finished in double-figures with 20 points. Duquesne's Micah Mason--a nice compliment to Robinson in the backcourt--finished with 15 points, including three three-pointers.
Shale Attorney was led by Robert Morris' Charles Oliver, with 22 poitns. Pitt walk-on Aron Nwonko finished with four, while fellow walk-on Joshua Ko added three, in the loss.
South Hills Audi 78 GNC 67
South Hills Audi also remains unbeaten, after a 78-67 win over GNC.
Pitt JUCO transfer Sheldon Jeter led the way with 26 points, on 11-16 shooting. Nolan Cressler and Pitt's Cameron Johnson also finished with 13 points and 10 points, respectively, as they were able to overcome a 40-32 deficit on the glass.
GNC was led by Robert Morris' Karvel Anderson and Clarion's Aaron Johnson, who each finished with 18 points.
Bakery Square 86 CRONS 83
Bakery Square picked up its second win of the summer, a 86-83 win over CRONS.
Joseph Uchebo had a monster game in the victory, leading with a double-double of 27 points and 26 rebounds--the most of any player so far this summer.
Even with Uchebo's 26 rebounds, his team only held a 39-36 advantage on the glass.
Jamel Artis--playing his first of two games on Monday night--led CRONS in the loss, with 26 points and 14 rebounds. He was also 3-7 from three-point range.
Incoming Pitt freshman Ryan Luther added 22 points on 9-16 shooting.
UPMC 98 PGT 97
Monday's other finale saw the most offensive firepower on both sides, with UPMC coming out on top at the buzzer, 98-97.
It was a close game through the first half, PGT leading 50-47 at the break. UPMC regained the lead in the first few minutes of the second half, 57-52. Pitt's Josh Newkirk brought PGT back twice--tying the game at 63-63 after consecutive three-pointers.
Down ten, 81-71, with just under ten minutes to play, Newkirk came back in the game, and went to work. He cut his team's deficit to 83-80, following an assist to Duquesne's Jeremiah Jones for a three-pointer, then a layup on a fast break on the next possession.
It was then Artis and Newkirk trading big plays--Newkirk with another fastbreak layup, followed by a three-pointer. Artis answered Newkirk's three with a three-pointer of his own, keeping his team up 90-89.
The game went all the way down to the wire, as Artis hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining, putting UPMC up 96-94.
After a timeout to set up one last play, Robert Morris' Lucky Jones was fouled on a three-point attempt. He went to the line with three free throw attempts, converting all three, putting his team up 97-96 with eight seconds remaining.
It looked like time ran out on UPMC, but after a miss from Duquesne's Desmond Rideau, Duquesne's Domo McKoy tipped in the rebound as time expired, giving UPMC the one-point victory.
Pitt's Chris Jones led UPMC in the victory, with 26 points. East Central's Henry Puono led UPMC with 11 rebounds, good enough to give his team a 37-31 edge on the glass. Artis finished with 13 points.
Newkirk led PGT in the loss, with 31 points on 11-18 shooting, which included a 3-5 performance from three-point range. He also pulled down eight rebounds. Lucky Jones finished with 22, followed by Duquesne's Jeremiah Jones with 19. Pitt's Derrick Randall finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
"You just have to be confident in yourself, you have to know the game is not over," Newkirk said afterwards. "I know what I'm able to do, I can bring my team back in the game, so we can have a chance to compete. It's a great chance just to compete with a lot of great guys in this area."
System One 3-0, 293, 240
UPMC 3-0, 282, 251
South Hills Audi 3-0, 274, 240
Bakery Square 2-1, 276, 280
PGT 1-2, 295, 298
Shale Attorney 0-3, 263, 311
CRONS 0-3, 248, 276
GNC 0-3, 225, 252