Durand Johnson, Dante Taylor, Steven Adams, Trey Zeigler and Lamar Patterson all on the winning side…
PGT 90, South Hills Audi 68
The Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am returned for its third week of action this evening with PGT Trucking going against South Hills Audi.
This game featured a few good matchups; highly touted Steven Adams vs. former Panther Chevon Troutman as well as Trey Zeigler vs. another former Panther in Gilbert Brown. PGT Trucking dominated the outset of the game going on an 18-7 run fueled by the aggressive efforts of Lamar Patterson and Zeigler. Zeigler played his best game of the summer league to date, finishing with 23 points and 7 rebounds. PGT also displayed its potent inside-outside combination in the first half with Patterson patrolling the perimeter and Steven Adams showing his skills inside. The highlight of the first half came when Patterson teamed up with Adams to convert a highlight reel alley-oop dunk; a play many Pitt fans hope to see a lot of this season.
The second half featured a much more aggressive South Hills Audi team led by Brown being extremely aggressive and doing everything possible to help his team fight back. Once South Hills Audi trimmed the lead to 12 points, it seemed as if PGT decided to get back to playing hard. At about the midway through the second half everyone in attendance took one collective deep breath as everyone witnessed Steven Adams go down after attempting a rebound. He came up limping slightly. He stayed in the game and showed no ill effects afterward. Zeigler maintained his aggressiveness, attacking the basket as he flashed his athleticism with a thunderous put back dunk off of a miss from his teammate. Adams, who finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds, converted on another alley oop from Robert Morris guard Lucky Jones. The game concluded with Adams making his first three point attempt of the summer.
GNC 68, UPMC 62
Game two featured the 4-0 GNC team going against a 2-1 UPMC team. UPMC began the game attempting to involve Pitt big man Malcolm Gilbert heavily within the offense. Throughout the game, Gilbert displayed a gritty defensive attitude while also flashing a soft touch around the basket. Once again Youngstown State guard Kendrick showed why he is one of the best players in the league, scoring 11 straight points while hitting three, three point field goals in a row. The first half also featured a monster dunk by Pitt guard Cameron Wright who came in on a break away and threw it down hard with his left hand.
In the second half, Wright picked up right where he left off for his UPMC team. He displayed his ability to not only create a shot for himself but also the ability to set up his teammates for a good shot. Wright, who finished with 13 points, continues to show his improved all around game from last year.
Oliverio's Peppers 75, SPK 56
The night cap of the Monday night games featured the Talib Zanna and John Johnson led SPK Law team against Oliverio's Peppers. This game had an intriguing matchup inside as Zanna was matched up against UAB transfer and incoming Duquesne forward Ovie Soko. The matchup was pretty evenly matched throughout the game as neither dominated one another. However, Zanna did battle extremely hard as he battled for rebounds and positioning inside. Zanna finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and limited the penetration ability of West Virginia guard Jabarri Hines for much of the evening. Also contributing and playing a good game was sophomore guard Johnson. While Johnson was very selective with his shooting, he continued to work on his more point guard style of play, and was aggressive attacking the hoop and getting to the foul line. He finished with 2 points.
Overall, the highlight of the night has to be the continued progression of Trey Zeigler. Zeigler has improved each game, with tonight being his best effort by far of the summer to date. Hopefully this trend continues as the summer league winds down and the season draws near. Also, for everyone who took a deep breath after seeing Adams grab his knee in pain can take a sigh of relief. Adams said afterward that he is perfectly fine. Adams continues to disrupt the game on the defensive end and is continuing to show glimpses of his potential on the offensive end.
GNC 5-0, 387, 339
PGT 3-1, 308, 275
Oliverio's Peppers 3-2, 354, 304
UPMC 2-2, 287, 257
South Hills Audi 1-3, 278, 311
SPK Law 1-3, 255, 268
SteelCityTickets.com, 0-4, 231, 346