By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
A lot of red could be spotted in the crowd for the final game Tuesday at the Greater NC Pro-Am as N.C. State's C.J. Leslie and Team McGladrey faced Courtney Fells and Lucky Seven. Incoming N.C. State freshmen Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown made their league debut with Team McGladrey.
St. Augustine's College's Hayward Fain got things started with two points for Lucky Seven. Team McGladrey responded with a couple three balls from Brown and C.J. Williams. Former Wolfpack star Courtney Fells ended the quarter with a three pointer of his own, giving Lucky Seven a 19-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
One of the top plays of the game occurred early in the second quarter, when Leslie leaped up with a powerful rejection on Fells' shot attempt, bringing the fans to their feet. Later in the quarter, Harrow showed off his athleticism with a one-handed slam from the baseline. On Team McGladrey's next possession, Harrow knocked down three of his 25 points to cut Lucky Seven's lead to one. Former Wake Forest forward Cameron Stanley showed off his athleticism with a two-handed tomahawk slam to gain the lead for Team McGladrey, but Fain's trey as time expired left the score tied at halftime.
Team McGladrey held a close lead for the majority of the third quarter, but Lucky Seven reclaimed the advantage after a dunk by Fells. Stanley knocked down two free throws with three seconds left in the period to give his team a four point lead going into the final quarter.
Lucky Seven controlled most of the fourth quarter, as they were usually able to respond any time Team McGladrey threatened to make a run. Brown brought his team within two with an impressive scoop for two of his 18 points, but Stanley converted an old-fashioned three point play on the other end after being fouled by Harrow. Lucky Seven appeared to be pulling away with a late 75-70 advantage.
Fan favorite Leslie received cheers from the crowd after an impressive two-handed slam. As Lucky Seven's lead was cut to three with just under a minute to play, Brown got a steal and passed the rock to Harrow in transition for a lay-up, making it a one point game.
Timeout Lucky Seven. With 37 seconds to go, Team McGladrey's aggressive defense forced Fells into turning the ball over on the inbounds pass. With 20 seconds to go, Brown was off the mark on a tough shot, but Leslie came soaring in for a put-back jam to regain Team McGladrey's first lead of the quarter. Lucky Seven was unable to score, and Harrow ended the game hitting the second of two free throws. Team McGladrey was the victor in a shocking comeback, 77-75.