By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
Miami Hurricane Julian Gamble suited up for Team 212 in his first game of the summer at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium as he squared off against Hayward Fain and Team McGladrey.
Dominique Sutton was a human highlight reel in the opening quarter, scoring eight points in the first period. His thundering tomahawk slam with a minute remaining stretched Team 212's lead to six, but Dijon Manns hit a free throw with 9.4 seconds remaining to complete a three point play that cut the deficit to 16-13.
Landon Clement dialed in from long range in the second quarter to add to the lead, but Team McGladrey's Bishop Daniels had answers on the other end. Daniels scored seven points in the second period, including a half court shot at the buzzer that brought his team within one point of Team 212 at the half.
While Gamble's post presence produced some hard-earned buckets down low for Team 212, Team McGladrey claimed its first lead of the game after Fain got a steal and threw down a windmill jam. Sutton responded with a three on the other end, and the rest of the third quarter consisted of several lead changes. Daniels had an opportunity to retake the lead for Team McGladrey right before the final intermission, but his attempt at a two-handed reverse dunk was no good. Team 212 was up 43-42 going into the final quarter.
Daniels, who had 15 points in the contest, led Team McGladrey on a run in the beginning of the fourth period to take a four point lead. Sutton knocked down a trey to tie the game at 54-54 with 4:52 left on the clock, but Fain refused to let the game slip away. Fain eventually went on to hit three of four free throws in the final 43 seconds to seal the win for Team McGladrey, 63-57.