Center Court 108
Monday night's first game was a shootout, as Center Court prevailed with a 108-93 win over P&W. Center Court improves to 5-1, while P&W drops to 1-5.
Center Court was led by Ashton Gibbs--who came through with his best game of the summer. Gibbs was the highest scorer of all three games, finishing with 35 points, five rebounds and five assists. Gibbs was 8-of-16 from three-point range, and was 10-of-18 from the field overall.
J.J. Richardson added 10 points and nine rebounds in the win. Center Court also had a nice game from Gannon's Kyle Goldcamp, who finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
J.J. Moore, playing the first of two games on Monday night, finished with 22 points and eight rebounds in the loss for P&W. Moore shot 9-of-15 from the field.
P&W found out early that by not containing Gibbs from three-point range, it was going to be a long night. They called their first timeout after Gibbs hit a spot three-pointer, his second of the game, lifting Center Court to a 20-9 lead, just six minutes into the game. Gibbs also hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, giving Center Court a commanding 53-36 lead heading into halftime.
P&W only got as close as 11 points, trailing 70-59 with 14 minutes left in the game. Karon Abraham kept them in the game with 32 points, including a stretch of seven consecutive three-pointers. His third three-pointer of the second half, brought them within 11 points, but that's as close as his team got.
Game Two didn't see as much fireworks as the opener of the night, but it did see the most physical game of the three. Despite trailing by one at halftime, PGT outscored SPK 39-22 in the second half, coming away with a 73-57 win, as turnovers hovered both teams. PGT improves to 2-4 on the season, while SPK drops to 2-4. Both teams are tied in the standings for fourth place.
Leading the way for PGT was the combination of Gary McGhee and Lamar Patterson. McGhee, off a trip to the Lebron James Skills Academy in Akron last week, finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Patterson added 12 points, three rebounds and three assists. Patterson converted 6-of-9 shots from the field.
Freshman Cameron Wright added nine points and four assists. Both he and Patterson took turns at the one and two.
Brad Wanamaker and Nasir Robinson weren't so hot in the loss for SPK. Wanamaker hit his first four shots of the game, but hit just two of his final six shots, to finish with 15 points, five rebounds and two assists. It still sounds like a good game, but Wanamaker was fouled, and turned the ball over a lot. Turnovers boggled Robinson as well, as did missed easy shots. Robinson shot just 4-of-12.
J.J. Moore, in his second game of the night--playing for his real team, added 11 points and three points in the loss.
The Lair 98
In a battle of 4-1 teams, The Lair prevailed with a 98-72 win over UPMC, in Monday night's finale. UPMC and Center Court are tied for first place, with one game left to play.
The trio of Talib Zanna, Gilbert Brown and Duquesne freshman T.J. McConnell have been a big factor for The Lair's 5-1 record. Monday night was no different. McConnell led the way this time with 25 points, four assists and three rebounds. Brown had a quiet night by his standards, but is continuing to shoot the ball well. Brown added 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, which included 3-of-5 three-point shooting. Zanna was also quiet by his standards, but still came through with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Dante Taylor was still a force, despite his team's loss. Taylor scored 17 points, and finished with 10 rebounds. Travon Woodall had a tough time defending and moving the ball against McConnell. Woodall finished with 15 points, but struggled with turnovers--as did teammates Wanamaker, and Robinson in their respective games.
The Lair built up a 49-34 lead at half time, but sealed control of the game before that. Just seven minutes in, McConnell came up with back-to-back steals off Woodall, and answered with back-to-back three-pointers. The Lair built an early 27-12 lead from that moment, and never looked back.
Rodrigo Peggau added 13 points for The Lair, and Duquesne's Jerry Jones added 11 points. Lamar Caskill added 15 points for UPMC in the loss.