Jennings Sparks Gauchos To Rumble Title

Reporter Mike Sullivan has the story on the Gauchos title win from the Rumble in the Bronx ...

Dan Jennings scored 18 points, several on electrifying dunks, to help the New York Gauchos past the New York Panthers, 76-63, in the Gold Division title game at the Rumble in the Bronx.

The event, held on the campus of Fordham University, featured some of the best talent both locally and nationally. Jennings proved he is worthy of being named in top 100 lists. Perhaps if he is more consistent in his performances, Jennings will land a spot there after the summer evaluation period is over.

The Oak Hill center was, at times, dominant around the basket. For his effort, he was named the tournament's most valuable player.

But to be clear, the outstanding shooting performance of Doron Lamb played a big part in the Gauchos winning the tournament too. Lamb's shooting skills were at his best this afternoon. Doron buried four three-pointers and added 18 points for the winners.

Durand Scott also hit some key baskets for the Gauchos. Scott scored 12 points.

Kevin Parrom was terrific for the Panthers. He was active on both ends of the court and showed by he is a high division one prospect. Kevin scored 20 points for the Panthers while Sterling Gibbs added 14 points.

The Gauchos led 32-26 at the half and seemed quite comfortable in maintaining their advantage throughout the second half. A Jennings slam off an alley oop pass by Lamb made it 70-57 with 2:30 left to play.

The Panthers tried to help themselves by fouling on every possession. But some key free throws by Russell Smith prevented any realistic notion of a Panther comeback.

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