By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
The level of competition was high in the final game Thursday night as Andre Dawkins and D1 Sports tipped off against Seth Curry and Team Jamison.
Dawkins and Curry starting things off early, going back and forth and hitting constant three balls in a high scoring first period. Los Angeles Lakers forward Josh Powell joined Duke's Miles Plumlee to provide some scoring down low for Team Jamison. Their team trailed early, but a Powell lay-in followed by two successful free throws by Curry left Team Jamison trailing only by five at the end of the first period.
Powell continued to dominate down low, muscling in two points over Duke's Ryan Kelly and later banging his way to a bucket off the glass. D1 Sports got things done on the other end, as Dawkins was seemingly unstoppable from three point range. Brandon Smith rained in a trey of his own at the buzzer to stretch D1 Sports' lead to 58-51.
Team Jamison stormed back in the second half, as Curry dished multiple assists to Powell down low. Michko Ndiaye's three ball gave Team Jamison a one point lead, their first since the opening period.
D1 Sports was cold toward the end of the quarter, and Plumlee and Powell took advantage by extending their team's lead to eight points. Dawkins finally ended his team's drought with just under a minute to go, dropping in a deep three, but Team Jamison led 77-70 going into the final period.
Dawkins found his rhythm once again, single-handedly keeping his team in the game. Team Jamison led by nine, but D1 Sports came back after a behind-the-back pass from Dawkins to Kelly for a slam followed by yet another Dawkins three pointer. Dawkins had 36 points on the night.
D1 Sports only trailed by three before Powell quickly scored five points to maintain the advantage. Plumlee contributed a putback dunk with 1:40 to go in the game, and Powell's jam with just over a minute remaining put the contest out of doubt. Team Jamison was the victor in an impressive 103-98 win.
While the Blue Devils shined in this game, former Wolfpack star Powell scored a team-high 31 points.
"It was a great experience being able to represent N.C. State," Powell joked after the game.
After winning his second straight NBA championship just over a month ago, Powell discussed the benefits of participating in the Greater NC Pro-Am.
"We're all just having fun, getting better and working on our games," Powell said.
Powell and Team Jamison are scheduled to face off with Kyrie Irving and Hendrick of Durham at 8 PM next Tuesday, as Team Jamison is set to square off with Team Stackhouse at 8 PM next Thursday.