Center Court 73 PGT 72
The semi-finals of the Pro-Am got underway featuring an overtime thriller. Center Court prevailed over PGT 73-72.
The game began with a very defensive first half as Center Court took a nine point advantage, 37-28, going into half time. Although it was a very defensive-oriented first half, the half ended with a terrific full court shot made by Center Court's Lance Jeter.
Much like the first half, the second half ended with some outstanding plays by both teams. After coming back from a 16-point deficit, PGT's B.J. Montiero hit a jump shot to put PGT up by two with eight seconds remaining.
After battling Gary McGhee intensely inside all night, Center Court's Kyle Goldcamp made an outstanding drive to the basket to tie the game with 0.7 seconds remaining, pushing the game into overtime. It was then Jeter, the former Beaver Falls standout, now of Nebraska, who carried Center Court in overtime, scoring all four points for the team in the final frame.
Once again, Ashton Gibbs led Center Court with an outstanding performance shooting 10-of-19 from the field for a game high 29 points. Gibbs was in great rhythm teaming up with Jeter who finished with 19 points.
J.J. Richardson also had a very stellar game, from both inside and outside. Richardson finished with an impressive 13 points and 16 rebounds.
Gannon's Kyle Goldcamp had a very tough matchup inside with McGhee but managed to play well and hit the clutch lay-up for Center Court. He finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
PGT was led by Eric Evans' 18 points, the majority coming off dribble-penetration. McGhee played another solid game while going up against another high-quality post player, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Redshirt freshman Lamar Patterson had another monster game on the boards, grabbing 18 to go along with nine points.
The Lair 107 P&W 82
After upsetting UPMC, the semifinals concluded with P&W taking on The Lair. It didn't take long before the game got out of hand, as the league's highest-scoring team outgunned P&W 107-82.
The tandem of Gilbert Brown and T.J. McConnell got started early and didn't slow down. In the first half, the duo teamed up for a combined 22 points while also receiving help from Jerry Jones and Griffin Abel.
Andre Marhold made his debut tonight for The Lair and contributed two monster dunks in the first half. The first half ended with The Lair being up 44-30.
Much like the first game of the night, the second half featured much more offense from both teams. As the game progressed, The Lair's lead continued to increase behind the outstanding play of McConnell who contributed 22 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists.
The second half also saw Brown find his shooting stroke, as he scored 17 of his game-high 29 points. As has been the case throughout the summer league, Gilbert showed everyone his athleticism by soaring through the air to convert an alley-oop pass from Jerry Jones.
Unfortunately for P&W, the game didn't feature many highlights. Sean Hawkins led P&W with 21 points, while getting help from teammates Ryan Murray and Karon Abraham, who contributed 17 points and 14 points respectively.
Pitt's Nick Rivers played a strong second half, scoring the basketball and also setting up teammates for open shots. Rivers finished with 11 points.
It all comes down to Wednesday night, as Center Court faces off with The Lair at 7 pm, at the Greentree Sportsplex. The two teams met previously this summer, on July 8, with The Lair prevailing in a 88-80 win. It was Center Court's first loss of the season.