GNC 98, UPMC 90
The Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am semifinals began Tuesdaywith a matchup between UPMC and the top-seeded GNC. The game lacked intensity in the early going as UPMC was without two of their top players in Pitt big man Malcolm Gilbert and guard Cameron Wright for the first half as both had class.
Once the tandem arrived, they quickly tried to get their UPMC team back into the game. Gilbert was extremely active around the basket as he was a matchup problem for GNC. Gilbert, in one half of play, finished with 4 points and 3 rebounds in a losing effort. Wright finished his summer league with a 5-8 shooting performance. While he stayed aggressive attacking the basket, he missed some easy open shots. He still finished with 14 points, and was 2-2 from three-point range and 2-2 from the free throw line.
PGT 80, South Hills Audi 79
In the second semifinal contest, the veteran led South Hills Audi team went up against the second-seeded PGT Trucking Team. Unlike the first game, this game had a great deal of intensity right from The Opening tip. It was quickly apparent that the veteran South Hills Audi team led by former Pitt point guard Levance Fields was not going to let the much hyped players from PGT--Steven Adams, Lamar Patterson and James Robinson dominate them.
The first half featured a quiet performance from Adams, but with another outstanding all around performance by teammate Patterson. Patterson continued to dazzle the crowd with his outside shooting ability while showing he is also more than capable of driving the ball to the basket and creating for his teammates.
Much like Monday night, the second half featured a much better performance from Adams. While Adams struggled with the physical play of opposition Chevon Troutman, he continued to fight for rebounds and stay aggressive disrupting shots. Adams finished with a hard fought stat line of 7 points and 7 rebounds, despite a 3-9 performance from the field. Also in the second half, Patterson continued his unbelievable play this summer and continued to stay nearly impossible to guard. PGT Trucking prevailed 80-79 to head to the finals against UPMC. Patterson finished with 35 points behind a 14-26 shooting performance frame the field; with 6-10 shots from three-point range. Patterson also came down with 12 rebounds. Robinson added 12 points off a 5-9 shooting performance from the field, to go with 7 rebounds.