By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
A pair of NBA stars took the floor in the final contest of Tuesday night as Josh Powell and Lucky Seven gave Jawad Williams and Team Stackhouse their first loss of the season.
Fans were brought to their feet early in the opening minutes, as Powell skied to finish an alley-oop slam, pushing his team to an early lead. Miles Plumlee kept the game from getting out of hand early for Team Stackhouse, scoring each of his team's first seven points. E.J. Williams came off the bench to score a quick five points to reclaim the lead for Team Stackhouse, but Lucky Seven held the advantage after the first quarter after Adam Constantine hit a jumper with 20 seconds remaining in the period.
Williams displayed his ability to hit shots from deep, taking the lead for his team with a three ball midway through the second quarter. Jalen Jones increased the margin to four by hitting a pair of free throws, but Powell's presence down low brought Lucky Seven right back in the game. With 15 seconds left in the half, Powell got two points in the post, knotting the game at 30-30 going into halftime.
Powell took over in the second half, becoming a scoring machine for Lucky Seven. Plumlee hit a couple of trey balls for Team Stackhouse, but Powell helped his team to a ten point lead after converting a three point play the old-fashioned way. Williams added on to Team Stackhouse's perimeter shooting with two more three balls at the end of the third quarter, and his team trailed by just seven going into the final period.
In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Powell picked up right where he left off, slamming in two of his 29 points to keep the scoring going. Although Powell could not be stopped on offense, Team Stackhouse found more scoring from Williams, who ended the game with 22 points. It appeared that Lucky Seven's advantage was being threatened, but Hayward Fain drew a charge off Plumlee with 1:11 remaining to seal the deal. Lucky Seven grabbed a big win, 74-63.