By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
After winning the Greater NC Pro-Am regular season championship on Thursday night, Team Navy came out Friday with hopes of proving that their 6-2 record was no fluke. They had their work cut out for them in the first round of the playoffs in their showdown against Seth Curry and Team Jamison.
Team Navy struggled from the field at the beginning, and found themselves behind early after Julian gamble converted a pair of three point plays. Gamble's play down low was the story of the opening period as his 10 first quarter points was enough to outscore all of Team Navy in the first 10 minutes. At the first intermission, Team Jamison led by eight.
Curry was unable to get a shot to drop until the 7:02 mark in the second quarter, but his first points came off a three ball that boosted Team Jamison to their first double-digit lead of the game. Team Navy finally woke up at the end of the first half, scoring the final six points of the second quarter to close the margin to 30-22 going into halftime.
Team Jamison's lead was in danger in the third quarter when Corey Evans hit a free throw to convert the old-fashioned three point play and bring Team Navy within four, but Anthony Wilkinson dropped in a long range bomb that once again made it a three possession game.
After trailing by eight at the end of the third quarter, Ward was the only player who could consistently score for Team Navy. Ward scored a team-high 20 points, but it was not enough to overcome Curry's late-game scoring. Curry had seven points in the final quarter as Team Jamison snatched the 61-46 victory to advance to the semifinals.