By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
Duke fans caught a glimpse of their team's future, near and distant, in the third match-up of the night, as Mason Plumlee and Team Dreamworks looked to improve their record to 3-1 by grabbing a win over Ryan Kelly and D1 Sports.
Kelly got to work early on, putting in a lay up and following it by blocking a Plumlee shot attempt on the other end. While Kelly seemed to be going off on the offensive end, Team Dreamworks balanced out their scoring with Plumlee, Jeffrey Hunter and Word of God guard Bishop Daniels all making contributions. D1 Sports still led by six at the half, after Kelly got a tip-in with nine seconds left and hustled down the floor to get a block as time expired.
Daniels and Plumlee led an early second half rally for their team, and a follow-up basket by Marshall Plumlee with just over six minutes to go in the third quarter tied the game at 41-41. After two powerful dunks by Mason and a made free throw by Daniels, Dreamworks had a seven point advantage.
Despite the run by their opposition, D1 Sports would not be denied. Kelly hit a deep jumper with just over a minute to go, and knocked down a three at the buzzer to carry his team into the final quarter with a 58-57 lead.
The final 10 minutes of the game were extremely competitive, as Kelly (28 points) continued to hit crucial shots for D1 Sports. His three pointer with 5:39 remaining gave the team their first lead of the quarter. Duke guard and D1 Sports teammate Andre Dawkins helped maintain the lead, scoring six quick points to stretch the deficit to 76-69. At one point, Dawkins skied over Mason for a rebound that later proved to be a key factor in the game.
Mason and Daniels chipped away at the lead, finding ways to score inside the three point line, but found themselves trailing by three with just six seconds left on the clock. After a timeout, Team Dreamworks inbounded the ball to Thornton, but his deep three ball at the buzzer was no good. D1 Sports came away with the win, 82-79.