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June 26, 2012
Zeigler hits game winner on Monday night
The 2012 Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am entered week two on Monday night at the Greentree Sportsplex, and a number of Pitt players turned in solid performances.
GNC 67, Oliverio's Peppers 58
GNC used a big run at the end of the first half and beginning of the second to maintain the league's best record with a solid win over Oliverio's Peppers.
Down by one with just under five minutes remaining in the first half, GNC went on a 28-12 run that stretched until the 16:51 mark of the second half. The run consisted of both transition buckets as well as long distance jumpers, which included an Eric Evans 3-pointer that capped the run.
OP tried to claw its way back and used a man press toward the end of the game, which gave GNC a bit of trouble. However, OP could only get deficit to seven before falling to the now 3-0 GNC squad.
Evans led GNC with 15 points and went 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. Karmen Belin finished with 14 points while Youngstown State's Kendrick Perry chipped in 11.
West Virginia's Jabarie Hinds continues to impress this summer. Despite showing up late to the game, he finished with a game-high 16 points in the loss.
PGT Trucking 67, SPK Law 66
Trey Zeigler, a transfer from Central Michigan, is looking to make an impact at Pitt this season. If Monday night's game is any indication, he'll be able to do just that.
Zeigler made the game-winning bucket and also keyed a second-half run, which allowed PGT to score the come-from-behind victory over SPK Law. He finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. With his second game under his belt, Zeigler is getting more comfortable with his new teammates.
"It's been a challenge," Zeigler said of playing at Greentree. "The first game I didn't know what it was going to be like with all the Pitt fans out here, but tonight, I had a little fun. Hopefully, I continue to play better."
Leading 66-65, SPK's John Johnson missed the front end of a one-and-one. Zeigler snuck down the court behind the backside defenders and Lamar Patterson found himself underneath the basket for an easy layup that lifted PGT to the win.
"I just tried to leak out and try to get an easy one," Zeigler said of the game winner. Johnson's 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.
SPK looked to be in control, up nine points with just over 13 minutes to go in the game, but PGT's 8-0 made it a game again. After a nice reverse layup from Pitt freshman Steven Adams, Zeigler scored three straight, easy transition buckets.
Adams set up the first with a block on Talib Zanna, and Zeigler was on the receiving end of an alley oop from Ashton Smith. On the next possession, Pitt freshman James Robinson launched a pass the entire length of the court to Zeigler for a dunk. Zeigler finished the last one himself after making the steal and converting a layup on the other end to pull PGT within one.
"I just wanted to bring some energy," Zeigler said. "I think, in the first half, we came out flat, so I just tried to play a little harder."
Adams once again did it all for PGT. He put more of his total game on display Monday night, scoring 15 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and making eight blocks. Adams went 5 for 5 from the field in the second half, and a number of his blocks spawned transition buckets for PGT.
UPMC 89, Steel City Tickets 60
Last season, Pitt fans saw the potential of guard Cameron Wright, but he had everything fall into place. If Monday was an indication, he appears to be heading in the right direction.
Wright scored 25 points on 11 of 20 shooting, pulled down six rebounds and dished seven assists in a dominating UPMC win.
The redshirt sophomore was quiet until he converted a transition layup and-one with 6:17 left in the first half. He used that basket as a boost, building off the energy and the confidence it gave him.
"Once you get that and-one, you feel good," Wright said. "I hit that shot so I'm going to shoot this one. I hit that one so I'm going to shoot it again."
Wright played his game and looked comfortable doing it. He scored a lot in transition off steals and getting out of the break. As he got in the flow of the game, his jumper began falling as well, and Wright turned in his best performance during his three years playing in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am.
"The best part of my game is transition and defense," said Wright, who's only blemish on the night was five turnovers. "When we get the ball, I like to run. We've got a fast team this year. We like to get up and down."
Duquesne's Quevyn Winters netted 18 points for UPMC while Pitt sophomore center Malcolm Gilbert recorded his second straight double-double of the summer. He finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Cameron Wright - 25 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 11/20 FG
Malcolm Gilbert - 12 points, 13 rebounds, 6/12 FG
Quevyn Winters - 18 points, 7 rebounds, 8/16 FG
Blake Allen - 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5/5 3PT FG
Steven Adams - 15 points, 13 rebounds, 8 blocks, 6/10 FG
Lamar Patterson - 14 points, 5/17 FG
Trey Zeigler - 14 points, 7 rebounds
John Johnson - 14 points, 4 assists, 2/9 3PT FG
Eron Harris - 14 points, 5/7 FG, 2/2 3PT FG
Jabarie Hinds - 16 points, 5/11 FG, 6/7 FT
1. GNC 3-0
2. PGT Trucking 2-0
3. UPMC 2-1
4. South Hills Audi 1-1
5. Oliverio's Peppers 1-2
6. SPK Law 0-2
7. Steel City Tickets 0-3