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July 13, 2010

High-scoring affair highlights Monday night

Monday night featured rematches of week-one's games, and two of three teams got revenge for opening-week losses. Here's the rundown of Monday night's games in the 2010 Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am Summer League at the Sportsplex in Greentree, which featured the summer's highest-scoring contest.

Center Court 108, P&W 93

Center Court took a 20-9 lead six minutes into the game and never looked back in the highest scoring shootout of the summer.

"No one really played defense since we each put up over 90," Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs said, "but hey, it's my type of game, getting to shoot the ball."

Gibbs led Center Court with 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Robert Morris guard Caron Williams had 22 points, including six-of-10 from beyond the arc. Gannon forward Kyle Goldcamp also chipped in 15 points and 15 boards in the win.

Despite the loss, P&W's Karon Abraham put on a show for the crowd. The Robert Morris guard scored 32 points, including a stretch of four straight three-pointers in the second half. Pitt freshman J.J. Moore contributed 22 points and eight boards in the first of his two games of the night.

Center Court controlled the game by keeping a fast tempo from the beginning, and the closest P&W could get in the second half was 10 points with a 1:49 left.

PGT 73, SPK 57

After trailing by a point at halftime, PGT used a 13-2 run at the beginning of the second half to get a much needed victory.

"We just kept pushing hard," Pitt's Lamar Patterson said. "They beat us the first time, so it was all mental to us because we didn't want them to have the bragging rights. We've been on a losing streak, so it's a strong win for us."

PGT spread out the scoring with six of seven players scoring at least nine points in the contest. Duquesne's B.J. Montiero had a game-high 16 points, while Patterson had a solid game with 12 points and Gary McGhee chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds.

SPK Law was hurt by 12 turnovers and poor shooting, going 22-of-66 from the field as a team. Brad Wannamaker had 14 points and seven rebounds, while Moore scored 13 points in his second game of the night.

The Lair 98, UPMC 72

Duquesne guard T.J. McConnell scored 23 points and grabbed eight boards to lead The Lair over UPMC, avenging The Lair's only loss of the summer from the first week.

"First week, we didn't really know each other as a team," McConnell said after the game, "but playing each week, we've gotten better chemistry, and we're playing pretty well."

McConnell has impressed this summer, drawing praise from teammates for his superb shooting, excellent passing and great instincts. He gives his teammates all the credit for his success for being able to spread the ball around.

Pitt forward Dante Taylor anchored UPMC with a 19-point, 13-rebound night, while Travon Woodall put up 13 points with five assists.

Gilbert Brown scored 18, and Talib Zanna added 14 points in the win.

The Lair scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed, leading by double digits for most of the game. Sixteen points was the closest UPMC got in the second half at the 3:45 mark.

Monday's top scorer
Karon Abraham - 32 points

Monday's top rebounds
Kyle Goldcamp - 15 rebounds

Monday's top assists
Ashton Gibbs, Anthony Myers, Chase Adams - 6 assists

Monday's stat standouts
Karon Abraham - 32 points, 11/18 FG (61.1%), 7/12 3PT FG (58.3%)
Ashton Gibbs - 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists
Kyle Goldcamp - 15 points, 15 rebounds
Dante Taylor - 19 points, 13 rebounds
T.J. McConnell - 23 points, 8 rebounds, 9/13 FG (69.2%), 4/4 3PT FG (100%)
J.J. Moore - 22 points
Caron Williams - 22 points

Standings after six games
The Lair (Brown, Zanna) - 5-1
Center Court (Gibbs, Richardson) - 5-1
UPMC (Woodall, Taylor) - 4-2
SPK (Wanamaker, Robinson, Moore) - 2-4
PGT (McGhee, Patterson, Wright) - 2-4
P&W - 0-6

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