By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
Tuesday night at the Greater NC Pro-Am opened up with a showdown between Team Dreamworks and Body of Christ. The match-up featured loads of talent, including Duke's Nolan Smith (Team Dreamworks) and Mason Plumlee (Team Dreamworks), and N.C. State transfer Johnny Thomas (Body of Christ).
Team Dreamworks found some buckets early, and after an Austin Hatch three ball midway through the first quarter, they boasted an 18-6 lead. Thomas brought his team back into the game, scoring a quick seven points, but Marshall Plumlee's follow-up basket at the buzzer helped Team Dreamworks maintain a 24-17 lead after the first period.
Body of Christ struggled from the field in the second quarter and their opponents took advantage. Mason Plumlee threw down a pair of alley-oop dunks, including a monstrous slam with nine seconds remaining in the half, stretching his team's lead to 18 going into halftime.
The game got even more out of hand in the third quarter, with Smith and Mason Plumlee racking up points in an all-out beating. Tyree Graham's fade-away jumper for Team Dreamworks extended the lead to 26, the largest margin of the game. Rhode Island sharp shooter Akeem Richmond responded by scoring the last seven points of the third quarter, but his team still trailed by a score of 67-48 at the final intermission.
Thomas scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, but the difference was too much to overcome. Nolan Smith dropped in a game-high 28 points as Team Dreamworks ran away with the 87-76 victory.