By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
The first night of the Greater NC Pro-Am finished the way it started as Word of God star Bishop Daniels and Coaches In Christ faced N.C. A&T's David Jordan and Team Jamison in what became an overtime thriller.
Fans came to their feet early as Daniels started off the game with an alley-oop jam. Coaches In Christ's Marques Oliver made some noise shortly after with a highlight slam of his own, leading his team to an early 15-13 lead.
Phillip Haynes carried Team Jamison in the first half, laying in a bucket to tie the game at 25-25. Oliver responded with a powerful two-handed dunk, leading his team to what would eventually be a three-point halftime lead.
Oliver continued to make a huge impact on the game in the second half, blocking a shot and pulling down a rebound early on. He later hit a free throw on the other end to convert a three-point play, stretching his team's lead to six.
J.J. Miller proved to be the second half star for Team Jamison, hitting multiple shots despite Daniels' tight defending. With nine minutes left in the final quarter of regulation, Miller scooped in a lay-up to put his team up by one. He stretched that lead to four with a three pointer just seconds later.
Daniels scored a quick five points, knocking down a deep trey and hitting a tough turn-around jumper. Oliver was the force down low, playing physical offense in the post and knocking down free throws. Two of his made shots from the charity stripe gave Coaches In Christ a 57-56 lead with a minute to go.
With 42 seconds left in regulation, Donta Davis stretched the lead to three with a difficult lay-up. Miller immediately responded with a clutch three pointer to tie the game, 59-59.
Oliver continued his strong offensive performance with a lay-in to give his team the lead, but it was short-lived. With six seconds to play, Team Jamison's Matt Sossaman hit a lay-up to knot the game at 61-61.
In the extra period, Marcus Gaines took advantage of a second chance put-back to keep Coaches In Christ in the game. Miller's scoring was too much to overcome, however. Daniels threw up a prayer as time expired, but it was no good. The night ended with another shocker as Team Jamison earned the W, 67-64.