Wednesday was the last night of the regular season, meaning on Monday evening the playoffs will commence for the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am hosted at the Greentree Sportsplex.
PGT 75, UPMC 71
In game one, UPMC went against the 4-1 PGT Trucking team. PGT was without one of their best players in incoming transfer Trey Zeigler. It is unknown what kept Zeigler out of the game however he was feeling soreness in his foot after the game on Monday.
This game featured a good match up inside between two Pitt big men in Malcolm Gilbert and the highly touted Steven Adams. Gilbert got the early advantage in the matchup, starting the game with two quick blocks, one of which was a block on a failed alley oop finish by Adams. Gilbert finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds. Pitt guard Cameron Wright had a strong showing for UPMC. Wright was very aggressive on offense, and showed off a much improved mid range game. He finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, on a 12-24 shooting performance from the field.
The second half is when it quickly turned into the Steven Adams and Lamar Patterson show. Adams was once again extremely active rebounding both on the offensive and defensive end. He consistently would tip balls to himself and attempt to set up teammates for open shots. Another bright spot from this game was the soft touch and confidence he showed in his mid range game. Adams finished with another outstanding effort; 16 points and 14 rebounds.
As the second half progressed one item that does need to be noted is James Robinson needed to be removed from the game after injuring his thumb deflecting a pass. Although he was unable to return, Lamar Patterson did what he has been doing all summer and that is continue to be nearly unstoppable on offense. Patterson showed a flawless shooting touch as he drove to the basket and converted three-point plays, and also showing off his three point range as he knocked down multiple three point attempts; a 4-10 performance to br exact.
Patterson, who led PGT to another victory 75-70, finished with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The 33 points are the most scored by a player this summer.
GNC 88, SPK 81
Game two featured the GNC going up against SPK Law. Throughout the game, Pitt big man Talib Zanna battled extremely hard for rebounds and fought to put his team back in it. Additionally, Zanna who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, continued to show off his much improved ball handling ability and on a couple occasions drove it coast to coast. This is definitely something to keep an eye on as the season draws near--if Pitt coach Jamie Dixon will allow Zanna more ball handling responsibility.
Although Zanna did everything possible to lead his team to a victory, he fell short as his team lost an overtime heartbreaker 88-81.
South Hills Audi 85, Steel City Tickets 73
This game featured the best and most intriguing matchup of the night; current Pitt forward Dante Taylor going against former Pitt big man Chevon Troutman. Both players had their moments throughout the game. The bright spot for me is Dante Taylor playing back to back games with high intensity and an aggressive motor. Taylor finished with a hard fought 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Taylor’s teammate Durand Johnson had an inconsistent shooting night, but maintained his aggressiveness in attacking the basket. Johnson finished with 21 points on 9-25 from the field.
As the playoffs begin next week it will be interesting to see who steps up their game in an attempt to win the championship. In recent years the playoff games have featured added intensity and a periodic upset. It will be interesting to see if the league favorite PGT Trucking will have Trey Zeigler back for the playoffs and also if James Robinson will be able to play next week. If not, this will be a great test for the young big man Steven Adams to show whether is capable of putting a team on his back.
GNC 6-0, 475, 410
PGT 5-1, 517, 457
Oliverio's Peppers 3-3, 410, 371
South Hills Audi 3-3, 448, 462
UPMC 2-4, 437, 417
SPK Law 1-5, 413, 434
SteelCityTickets.com, 1-5, 382, 508