Center Court 65 P&W 63
P&W trailed by six at halftime, but thanks a strong push from Ashton Gibbs, came back to win 65-63 in the opening game of the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am League.
Gibbs finished with a game-high 17 points and four assists. He got off to a slow start, connecting on just 1-of-5 shots in the first half, including a pair of missed three-pointers. That all changed in the second half, as Gibbs shot 5-of-8, including three, three-pointers. He hit the eventual game winner with 40 seconds left in the game, to put his team up 65-63.
J.J. Richardson also came up big, with 15 points and five rebounds. Richardson shot 7-of-10 from the field, including 11 of those points in the second half.
Also coming up with a big game, in the losing effort, was Robert Morris' Karon Abraham. He finished with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. Pitt walk-on Nick Rivers contributed 10 points for P&W.
UPMC 75 The Lair 69
UPMC was able to build a nine-point lead at halftime, and leads of as many as 13 in the second half. The Lair cut the lead to as low as three points in the second half, yet never got any closer as UPMC was able to hold on for a 75-69 win.
Pitt's Dante Taylor and Travon Woodall led the way. Taylor had a game-high 18 points, with 11 rebounds--the highest rebound total for any player in any of the three games Monday night. Taylor was 8-of-11 from the field, and looked like the dominant post player that he came here to be.
Woodall was 5-of-10 from the field, with a pair of three pointers. Woodall also had four assists. Robert Morris' Mezie Nwigwe had a pretty solid game as well, contributing 13 points in the win.
In a losing effort, The Lair got a big game from Duquesne freshman-to-be T.J. McConnell. The recent Chartiers Valley grad came close to a triple-double, leading his team with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Most of those rebounds were off of missed long-range shots, but he still hit double-digits.
Pitt's Gilbert Brown added 16 points, but it came on 6-of-24 shooting, including 2-of-9 from three-point range. Talib Zanna, who will be a redshirt freshman for Pitt this year, added 11 points and seven rebounds, on 5-of-10 shooting.
SPK 69 PGT 59
The final game of the night marked the debut of Pitt freshmen Cameron Wright and J.J. Moore. Neither did much to disappoint, as it was Moore‘s SPK team scoring a 69-59 over Wright‘s PGT team. SPK led by two at the half, 30-28, but thanks to a strong performance from Brad Wanamaker, SPK was able to make a solid comeback.
Wright led all scorers for the night with 20 points, thanks to a balmy 9-of-11 shooting performance, including 1-of-2 from three-point range. Moore didn't do bad either, chipping in 13 points for PGT, on 4-of-7 shooting.
It came down to Wanamaker acting as the floor general for much of the second half, and a little of Nasir Robinson working hard for some rebounds, and making challenged shots from under the basket. Wanamaker led SPK with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, along with five rebounds. Though Robinson was 5-of-13 from the field, he still finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
SPK also had a big game from Robert Morris forward Lijah Thompson, who added nine points and five rebounds.
In addition to Wright, PGT had contributions from Pitt's Gary McGhee and Lamar Patterson. McGhee finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Patterson added 15 points. McGhee was 5-of-9 from the field, while Patterson was 4-of-8.
STANDINGS AFTER GAME ONE Team W-L PF PA UPMC 1-0 75 69 SPK 1-0 69 59 Center Court 1-0 65 63 P&W 0-1 63 65 The Lair 0-1 69 75 PGT 0-1 59 69