By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
Team Dreamworks came away with a convincing win in the second game of the evening after defeating Cleveland Cavalier Jawad Williams and Team McGladrey. The game may not have been as exhilarating as the one that preceded it, but Nolan Smith's 41-point performance was possibly the most impressive of the summer.
Mason Plumlee pushed Team Dreamworks to a quick four-point lead, first finding Jeneri Cyrus for two points and then forcing a steal and throwing down a thundering jam. Williams had answers on the other end, knocking down a free throw to convert a three point play and following shortly after with a three ball.
It was then that Smith started his scoring spree.
After hitting a pair of threes, Smith showed off his ball-handling skills, crossing up a defender and penetrating through the lane for a lay-up. Smith had 12 points in the quarter, helping his team to a 27-18 lead at the end of the period.
Marshall Plumlee, a highly touted 2011 recruit who recently committed to Duke, hustled for two second chance points to help extend Team Dreamworks' lead to 11. The team took a 45-32 advantage into halftime after Smith once again broke out his deadly cross-over on two defenders, driving through the paint to get a lay-in at the buzzer.
Rutgers guard Tyree Graham had a strong third quarter for Team McGladrey, hitting an early turnaround jumper and a three pointer off a Williams assist. It was not enough to overcome Smith, however. The Blue Devil guard scored 19 points in the second half, establishing himself as an all-around offensive threat.
"All the hard work that I've put in is really paying off and I can't wait for the season to start," Smith said.
Williams and Graham hit several three pointers in the second half, but it was not enough to cancel out Team Dreamworks' offensive power. Mason put down a follow-up slam off a rare miss by Smith, and Team Dreamworks went on to snatch the win, 76-60.
Smith was seemingly unstoppable on Tuesday night, which drew the question of whether or not anyone in college basketball would be able to stop a back-court made up of he and incoming Duke freshman Kyrie Irving.
"I would like to think nobody can stop us," Smith said. "Me and [Irving] both have a great relationship and our chemistry is going to show for it."