The Lair 69
The Lair built a 15-point lead at halftime, which proved to be too much, as they held of PGT 69-63. PGT got as close as 61-60 in the second half . PGT had the help of Pitt grads Levance Fields and Keith Benjamin, but it was not enough.
PGT got as close as three points twice--once on a Levance Fields stepback three-pointer, which made the score 52-49 with 12 minutes to play. Pitt freshman Cameron Wright later made a smooth inside layup off a feed from Duquesne's B.J. Monteiro, making it 57-54 with seven minutes left.
The Lair was led by a pair of impressive performances from Talib Zanna and Gilbert Brown. Zanna finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and was 7-of-9 from the field. Brown rebounded from a 6-for-24 shooting performance in the opening game of the league. He finished Wednesday's game connecting on 7-of-14 shots from the field, good for 19 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
In the losing effort, Gary McGhee led PGT with 21 points and five rebounds. McGhee was 8-of-12 from the field. Lamar Patterson added 15 points, and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Freshman Cameron Wright didn't come out with the same fire he had Monday night, but gradually warmed up as the game went on, finishing with seven points.
The Lair improves to 1-1 on the season, while PGT is 0-2.
Center Court 69
Center Court led by two at the half 35-33, and even though they built a 13-point lead with four minutes to play, had to hold on for a 69-64 win over SPK.
Ashton Gibbs led the way for Center Court with 22 points and seven assists, the most assists in a game by any player in the league through two games. Gibbs looked for teammate J.J. Richardson often. Richardson had a well-balanced game, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Gannon's Kyle Goldcamp also had a big game for Center Court, as he finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. He too was on the receiving end of a couple of Ashton Gibbs feeds.
Keeping SPK in the game was a couple of key three-pointers from N.C. State grad Ben McCauley. McCauley is also a graduate of Yough High School, an hour east of Pittsburgh. SPK was led by Brad Wanamaker, who finished with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists. Nasir Robinson finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Robinson started off the night going 4-of-4 from the field, but converted just two of his final eight shots. Pitt freshman J.J. Moore added seven points in the loss.
Center Court is one of two unbeaten teams in the league so far, at 2-0, while SPK drops to 1-1.
UPMC was without the services of Travon Woodall, who sat out Wednesday night's game with a slight groin pull. They were also up against a 16-man roster of P&W. All UPMC needed was a big night from Dante Taylor, which they got, in a 69-58 win.
Taylor finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. The seven rebounds might not sound like a lot, but in this fast-paced game, there weren't too many rebounding opportunities. Taylor was 9-for-12 from the field, and connected on 3-of-4 free throws. Only one of Taylor's misses was from inside. One miss was from the wing, and the other was a desperation shot at the end of the game.
Duquesne's Bill Clark also added 16 points in the win for UPMC.
In the losing effort, P&W had a pair of impressive three-point shooting performances from Ryan Murray and Chaz McCremmin, who both converted 3-of-4 three-point shots in the second half, in an effort to mount a comeback against UPMC. Pitt walk-on Nick Rivers contributed a three-pointer, and former Pitt player Austin Wallace contributed four points and five rebounds in limited action.
UPMC improves to 2-0, while P&W drops to 1-1.
STANDINGS AFTER ONE WEEK Team W-L PF PA UPMC 2-0 144 127 Center Court 2-0 134 127 SPK 1-1 133 128 The Lair 1-1 138 138 P&W 1-1 121 134 PGT 0-2 122 138