Tuesday, August 12, 2008
A team that was slacking in the beginning of the summer, Team Noel has defiantly left their mark on the Greater NC Pro-Am Summer League. In the championship game versus the usually dominant RDU Barnstormers, Team Noel controlled the entire game, at times leading by more than 20 points. The Barnstormers struggled without Nolan Smith and JJ Hickson, and when Andre Mcollum failed to have a good night, Team Noel took it away, almost making the game a blowout. Shammond Williams,however, stepped in as the lead scorer with 16 total points. Although behind Team Noel for the entire game, the Barnstormers were still able to put 92 points on the board. Team Noel played an amazing game of basketball. Derrick "Caveman" Wiley, the Tournament MVP, along with David Noel, Ricky Clemons, and Mike Bell showed force as they made the game a phenomenal one to watch: exhibiting flawless inside and outside game. The entire game was incredibly fast and it seemed like the Barnstormers could not keep up. In the end, The Tournament Champions, Team Noel won with a score of 113 to 92. Each member of Team Noel was presented with a trophy after the final buzzer and Bo Ingram of the Regulators was named the League's Most Valuable Player! As the summer dwindles to an end, the S.J.G Greater NC Pro-Am Basketball League would like to thank every person that came out to support the league and all of the amazing talent who put on an incredible show each and every night! Look out for us next summer; same time, same place! God Bless.
Monday, August 11, 2008
In the second semifinal game of the night, Team Noel went up against Team Felton in a fast-paced and high-energy contest. CJ Wilkerson and Jawad Williams were standout players for Team Felton. With Wilkerson's quick speed and agility and Jawad's power in the hole, Team Felton stayed close by Team Noel throughout the entire game. David Noel of Team Noel controlled the other side with 21 total points as the lead scorer of his team. The game was tied, 89 all, with 32 seconds left. Ricky Clemons of Team Noel made a jump shot with 20 seconds left, bringing the score to 91-89. After a couple of bad turnovers, Team Felton's last opportunity to win the game came with Jared Grady's attempt at a three-pointer with 5 seconds left in regulation. He missed and Team Felton could not get an offensive rebound to try again. Both teams played an amazing game, but Team Noel won with a score of 91 to 89. They will face the RDU Barnstormers in the championship game on Monday.
In an extremely exciting game of the Semifinals, the RDU Barnstormers went head-to-head with Team Williams. Andre Mcollum of the RDU Barnstormers was on fire with his continuous three-pointers. At one point in the first half, Mcollum and Jerry Stackhouse of Team Williams went back and forth, each showing tremendous talent in their own three-point contest. With Andre Mcollum and JJ Hickson of the Barnstormers powering on both offense and defense, it appeared that Team Williams had no chance to win. However Team Williams' Julian Gamble and Stackhouse were able to put the points on the board that kept them in the game. In the final seconds, with Team Williams only down by three, Hayward Fain had an opportunity to shoot a three and tie the game, but he missed and the rebound went to Stackhouse, who was in perfect position downtown. The crowd stood on their feet to see if he could make the all-important shot...but the ball bounced off the rim. In an amazing game, The RDU Barnstormers win it 85 to 82. They will face Team Noel in the Championship game on Monday.
Greater NC Pro-AM is committed to enriching and strengthening the communities in which it serves. Through a unbelievable partnership with North Carolina Central University, we have been able to provide a quality, first-class event that is a major benefactor for the community. Listed above with the NC Pro Am-Staff is Chancellor Nelms and Athletic Director Wicker-McCree.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The final game of the Quaterfinals was truly a shocker. The number one team, the Regulators, faced the number eight team, Team Felton and quickly found out that the last seed had some great talent. PJ Tucker and Jawad Williams of Team Felton brought their "A" game when they came back from a strong Regulator lead to make the game a nail-biter in the end. Jerry Stackhouse and Bo Ingram of the Regulators also played well both offensively and defensively. Early in the second half, the Regulators were beating Team Felton down the court on every play and it seemed like the game would be another Regulator win. However, after a fantastic dunk by Jawad Williams and a three-point play be PJ Tucker, Team Felton closed the gap to 50-53 (Regulators) and this sparked the plug. With both teams on the edge and all tied up at 1:45 left on the clock, every person in the gym was on their feet. Jared Grady of Team Felton was fouled with 7.6 seconds left and made both freethrows, bringing the team up by 3. With the Regulator's last chance at winning, Darius Johnson-Odom of Team Felton intentionally fouled Bo Ingram on the dribble to keep the Regulators from shooting a three and tying the game. Bo Ingram went to the line, but only made one of two shots. On a rebound, Bo Ingram got the ball back behind the three-point line and was wide open. He had enough time to shoot a three and win the game, but unfortunately, he missed, and Team Felton secured a 65-63 victory. The underdogs in the last seed beat the leaders of the league! Team Felton will go on to the Semifinals to face Team Noel on Sunday.
Even though E-Net only had 6 players for the evening Quarterfinal match-up, they were able to keep up with Team Williams throughout the entire game. Brandon Costner of E-Net was phenomenal with countless massive dunks, flawless jump shots, and strong rejections. He had 25 total points, showing all emotion as he powered over players and yelled on both sides of the court. Team Williams, however, was able to open up the difference in the final two minutes and increased the score to 61-51 with 37 seconds left. Brandon Costner's two three pointers in the last 20 seconds and Kevin "KJ" Holmes' final three at the buzzer were not enough to secure an E-Net win. Team Williams won the game 67 to 62 and will move on to the Semifinals to face the RDU Barnstormers on Sunday.
In the second game of the afternoon, the RDU Barnstormers continued to play well, even without Olek "OC" Czyz and Kyle Singler. Nolan Smith and Dominique Sutton stepped up and led their team through a ball game full of incredible basketball. Black Magic once again displayed expert communication and were able to stick with the Barnstormers until the final three minutes. With back-to-back show-stopping dunks from Sutton and Charles Ward of Black Magic, the crowd was definitely on their feet and yelling for their favorite teams. In the end, the team who previously only beat Black Magic by one point won again with the final score 65 to 59. The RDU Barnstormers will continue to the Semifinals where they will play Team Williams.
In the opener for the Quarterfinals, Team Noel and Team K.G. both played very well. James Zimmerman of Team K.G. and Ricky Clemons of Team Noel were standout players who were amazing from downtown. Zimmerman had 19 points alone in the first half and when he had the ball in his hands, it was a sure bet he would make the shot. In the first half, Team K.G. seemed to control the game, and were up by ten by halftime. However, in the final minutes of the game, Team Noel took it away. They were quicker, had more energy, played tighter defense, and made more baskets. When Team Noel was up by 15 points with just a minute left in regulation, Team K.G. could do nothing to come back. The final score of the game was 79 to 65. Team Noel will go on to the Semifinals, where they will face Team Felton.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
We are please to communicate that the following individuals were voted in by the fans for the Greater NC Pro-Am All Star Team regular season:
* Players Tied
* Players Tied
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Team Noel led in the final game of the night for a majority of the minutes, however Team K.G. came back late in the second half. Without Greg Copeny, Gerald Henderson and James Zimmerman of Team K.G. were the leaders. Henderson was great in his inside game, while Zimmerman held his own with the outside game, sinking very important three pointers in the final minutes. However all of these three's were not enough to withstand Team Noel's high energy and amazing talent. Mike Bell was the lead scorer of Team Noel with 20 points and he performed well as a "big man" inside. Ced Williams and Ricky Clemons kept their team alive with three pointers from all over the court. In the end, Team Noel won the game 73 to 65 and tied Team K.G.'s 5-5 record as the fourth seed going into the tournament. The crowd will see these two teams go head-to-head again in the quarterfinals on Saturday August 9th.
In my opinion, this was the most exciting game of the night. It remained a close, fast-paced game throughout all 40 minutes of play. Jawad Williams of Team Felton scored his team's first 12 points and had 28 overall. When Jackie Manuel came in the game, he played great defense against Elliot Williams, who was slowed down for the first time all season. The greatest part of the game was when Jawad Williams massively dunked over two defenders, including Marcus Melvin of E-Net. This woke the crowd up, who was on their feet for the rest of the game. Josh Powell, lead scorer for E-Net with 22 points, and Elliot Williams, kept their team side-by-side with Team Felton until the final seconds. Marcus Melvin of E-Net knocked down two free throws to put his team ahead by two for good. Costly turnovers at the end of the game for Team Felton contributed to their defeat. For the final regular season game for these two teams, E-Net wins it 70 to 68. A team who was at once in last place, E-Net moves up the bracket to the sixth seed who will be playing Team Williams in the quaterfinals on Saturday. Team Felton is in last place and will go against the Regulators in the first round.
For the second time in the night, one team had to endure having only five players present. The Regulators, led by Bo Ingram and Chris Leitner, held their own against the RDU Barnstormers who had a full bench. Bo Ingram was outstanding in every area of the court. He was the lead scorer with 27 points. Chris Leitner contributed tremendously with 19 points of his own and big man, CJ Leslie, helped significantly inside. However, all of this effort was not enough to keep the Barnstormers away. Nolan Smith, Olek Czyz, Andre Mcallom, and new man Dominque Sutton were a force to reckon with. They were able to blow the game away in the second half, leading to a 90-60 victory. This was the second straight loss for the Regulators, but they still remain the number one seed going into the tournament, while the RDU Barnstormers are the #2 seed.
The first game of the night got off to a great start! Team Williams was phenomenal in the passing game. Players like Vassil Evtimov, Ilian Evtimov, and Hayward Fain would do a fake, no-look assist to another player who would then score the basket. Team Williams exhibited expert communication and drive. Even without star player Norbert Randall, Black Magic continued to play strong, sinking a majority of their three-pointers and jump shots. However, in the end, only having five players with barely any breaks slowed down Black Magic in the final minutes and Team Williams won the game 71 to 63. With the regular season over, Team Williams is the third seed going into the tournament on Saturday, while Black Magic is the seventh seed.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
In a day full of phenomenal basketball, the final game of the night proved no different. When Team K.G., led by Gerald Henderson and Greg Copeny, would make a basket, Team Felton, led by PJ Tucker, would answer with a basket of their own. The game, like each one before it, was all tied-up in the final seconds, with the score 51-51. It’s Team K.G.’s ball and Greg Copeny has it at half-court. He stalls for about 20 seconds, to let the clock wind down, only allowing time for one more play. With less than 10 seconds in the game, Copeny drives to the basket, passes to Pat Walton, who then in turn passes the ball to James Zimmerman who shoots from downtown, and makes the basket with a “swish”! Whoever drew up that play was genius! The effects of two extremely talented teams, strong determination, no shot clock left the score 54 to 51. The verdict: four amazing games of basketball you didn’t want to miss!
In the third close game of the night, the undefeated Regulators went against Team Noel, who was behind by twenty going into the second half. But don't sleep on Team Noel! They made a tremendous comeback late in the second half and definitely gave the Regulators a run for their money. Without the leadership of Jerry Stackhouse, Bo Ingram had to endure the pressure, but he handled it well, making baskets all the way from different area codes. It seemed that the referees were on Team Noel's side, because they refused to call fouls when the Regulators had the ball, which could have added many points to the board. However, in the end, with 15.5 seconds left, Mike Bell of Team Noel completed a basket and was fouled on the play, making the extra point that changed the scored 57 to 56 (Team Noel). With 4.8 seconds left in the game, the Regulators' Lance Thomas had one final opportunity to win the game. He attempted to score and was fouled...but no whistle sounded. The Regulators blew an exceptional 20 point lead, contributing to their first loss of the Summer League season. Not to worry Regulator fans: they still remain the number one team going into the tournament!
What's better than two back-to-back nail-biters? Black Magic continued to play well together and had the lead for most of the game; all the way until the final seconds. A couple of fouls against "OC" brought the RDU Barnstormers back into the game, making the score 45-47, with Black Magic barely holding on to the lead. With 15 seconds left on the clock, Andre Mcallom of the Barnstormers made a massive three pointer to bring the Barnstormers up by one. Black Magic still had time to make another basket, however with an offensive foul committed by Charles Ward, the clock ran out. It was an amazing game with Black Magic showing tremendous heart and expert communication. Each player, played hard, grabbed rebounds, hit jump shots, and ultimately just had some bad calls made against them that resulted in their 47-48 loss against the RDU Barnstormers. From this win, the Barnstormers are officially the second seed going into the tournament, August 9th.
The first game of the evening was high-paced and proved to be a nail-biter at the end. E-Net, sporting new team t-shirts, outplayed Team Williams during the first half and much of the second half. However, towards the end, Team Williams finally played hard like we know them to do and dwindled the lead to 63-62 with less than a minute to go. It was an amazing comeback. On a Team Williams shot to win the ball game in the final seconds, Rashad West was dribbling down the court and Anthony Grundy's tough defense allowed him to steal the ball and take it to the other basket to score. After that, there was not enough time for Team Williams to capture the lead. When the buzzer sounded after a great game, the final score was 68 to 64. E-Net's on a roll with another win!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
In the final game of the night, the powerhouses from E-Net, which included Josh Powell, Brandon Costner, and Anthony Grundy provided their team with a second-straight win. Black Magic was able to keep the game close for a majority of the game, but towards the end, they looked a little sluggish and were not able to capture the lead. E-Net played extremely well and ended the game 70 to 53. Anthony Grundy was the top scorer with 25 total points and Charles Ward was the lead scorer for Black Magic with 13 points.
This fast-paced game was truly an amazing one to watch. It featured Duke Blue Devil, Gerald Henderson, playing on Team K.G. This was the first game that he has played since his surgery, and he showed no signs of a previous injury. Henderson had the crowd on their feet when he rejected a basket from little Josh Dawson (Jerry Stackhouse's nephew) and ran down the court to dunk over countless players on the other end. The Regulators had a show-stopping game that included dominant performances by Chris Leitner, Bo Ingram, Jerry Stackhouse, and Lance Thomas. It was a close game in the first half, but the undefeated Regulators quickly opened the lead in the second half, ending the game 77 to 59 and securing the top seed going into the Tournament beginning August 9th.
The exciting second game of the night showed a quick Team Noel, however key players like CJ Wilkerson and Darius Johnson-Odom of Team Felton performed well and hustled from start to finish. Ricky Clemons of Team Noel played great basketball in all areas of the court, hitting continuous three-pointers and showing strength as he drove to the basket. The game remained close until the final minutes, with Team Noel finishing up on top. Final score: 70 to 63.
In the beginning, the RDU Barnstormers appeared to have more energy than Team Williams, beating them down the court on each possession. However, in the second half, Team Williams finally looked alive and played hard in every aspect of the game. The first game of the night included massive dunks from "OC" and consistent three-pointers by Andre Mcallom of the Barnstormers, while Hayward Fain and Steven Brogal provided most of the points (17 each) for Team Williams. In the second half, the game was close up until the final seconds, but Team Williams' persistence proved beneficial, when they won the game 75 to 71. From this win, The Regulators' number one spot is signed, sealed, and delivered because the RDU Barnstormers have too many losses to steal the lead.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
In the final game of the evening, Team K.G. looked really strong, while Team Williams didn't seem to work well together like they usually do. The score was 35 to 33 (Team K.G.) at halftime, but when the second half got underway, Team K.G. went away with the game and increased the gap. Gavin Grant of Team K.G. had a rock-solid 19 points that helped lead his team to victory. Hayward Fain was a key player for Team Williams, like always, contributing 12 points that included massive dunks and flawless three's. However in the end, all of his effort was not enough: Team K.G. won this game 70 to 50.
In the first half of the 8 PM game, Black Magic displayed great teamwork and outplayed Team Noel on all areas of the court. All players from Black Magic seemed to be playing well, showing that this team's communication is improving with every game they play. Team Noel was lacking in energy and were unable to capture the lead, even with Mike Bell dropping 16 points as their lead scorer. Clifford Crawford and Charles Ward shared the crown for top scorer for Black Magic with 12 points each. Black Magic won the game, 65 to 53.
Overall, E-Net overplayed the RDU Barnstormers in the second half of the game, finally scoring a victory (1-6 record)! Anthony Grundy (24 points) of E-Net was ON FIRE, making countless three-pointers and driving to the basket, which seemed to inspire big men Josh Powell and JJ Hickson to dunk all of the Barnstormers. Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler were the only players of the Barnstormers that looked alive during the second half. In the end, E-Net just had more energy and more drive. Final Score: 79 to 56.
What a nail biter this game turned out to be. The undefeated Regulators had a true contest against the fast-paced, high-energy Team Felton. Bo Ingram, Lance Thomas, and Jerry Stackhouse had dominating performances for the Regulators. Justin Watts, David Young, and PJ Tucker of Team Felton challenged the #1 Team in the league. With 3.4 seconds left in the game and the score 67 to 66 (Team Felton), Lance Thomas went to the line, only making one of two free throws, tying up the game. To avoid going into overtime, David Young of Team Felton stormed to the basket and was fouled by Jerry Stackhouse before the clock ran out. He shot two, but missed both, taking the game into overtime. With a four offensive fouls in overtime for Team Felton, they could not get enough points on the board to win the game. The Regulators remain undefeated with a final score of 77 to 73.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We still had a packed house by the time the 9pm game rolled around. This was probably due to Dukies Kyle Singler, Olek Czyz ("OC"), and Nolan Smith playing for the RDU Barnstormers at this time. The game remained close up until the final minutes where the Barnstormers pulled away, finishing 70 to 58. Kyle Singler, lead scorer for the Barnstormers with 17 points, had many commanding dunks that kept his team on top. Greg Copeny also had an outstanding night for Team K.G. with 23 points.
This game was definitely a show-down between old and new UNC and Duke players. Jerry Stackhouse, Danny Green, and Ed Davis of the Regulators went head-to-head with Steve Johnson and Elliot Williams of E-Net. The crowd was hype and cheering on their favorite teams. In the end, however, the undefeated, Tarheel infested Regulators came out on top with a score of 73 to 58. Bo Ingram of the Regulators had a great performance with 21 points and Josh Powell of E-Net dominated with 24 points.
Team Williams never ceases to amaze the crowd. Despite their lack of height compared to other teams, they play hard every night! In this game Team Williams showed profound defense and kept the lead throughout the entire second half. Hayward Fain and Anthonique Wilson were top scorers, holding their team together and leading them to a 58-51 final score over Team Noel. Team Noel seemed a little slow on the defense, however Clint Deas and Nic Chasten were stand-out players, keeping their team in the game.
The first game of the night, between Team Felton and Black Magic, presented an improved Black Magic. This team finally looked like they got their game back. The players worked well together and came out with a 53 to 43 victory. Chris Mayshack, an alumni of NCCU, contributed with faultless three-pointers, with a total of 14 points. Norbert Randall helped keep his team on top with 13 rebounds using a sprained wrist! Even with NBA players such as PJ Tucker of the Memphis Grizzlies, Team Felton remained behind for most of the game. The lead scorer for Team Felton was Darius Johnson-Odom with 8 points.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The Regulators, led by Danny Green and Bo Ingram dominated the 9 pm game. This game also featured incoming UNC Freshman, Ed Davis. Former Clemson star, Shawan Robinson stood out for the Regulators as well. The Regulators won 59 to 44, with leading scorer, Danny Green. Charles Ward of Black Magic was the lead scorer with 10 points.
This game was a standout performance from the future Tarheels. Justin Watts, lead scorer of Team Felton, with 19 points, would dip and drive from the baseline and then would make a three-pointer on the next play. Larry Drew, Jr, also a future Tarheel on Team Felton, contributed tremendously to the teams total 69 points. However, on the other side, Team Williams, mostly made up high school players, played well on their side of the court. They won the game with a total of 69 points. Hayward Fain of St. Augustine was the lead scorer with 20 points.
This game was extremely exciting and star studded. Kyle Singler, Olek Czyz (we call him "OC"!), Ronald 'Flip' Murray and Ricky Clemons were all top scorers and made the game truly incredible. "OC" stormed through with 22 points, which included a show-stopping dunk that had the crowd on their feet. Ricky Clemons was the top scorer for Team Noel, with a total of 11 points. His continuous three-pointers helped Team Noel stay in the game. The game was close, up until the final minutes and the RDU Barnstormers won the game 66 to 59.
This game started out slow but Elliot Williams and Josh Powell of E-NET picked up the pace. Gavin Grant and James Zimmerman of Team KG kept the pace very intensive throughout the game. I must say this was a good start for the night. But at the end, Grant and Zimmerman were too strong. Team KG won 65 to 59. Leading Scorer was Elliot Williams with 22 points.