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June 19, 2012

Freshman Adams makes debut at Greentree

The 2012 Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am kicked off on Monday night at the Greentree Sportsplex, and a number of Pitt players impressed opening night.

PGT 78, Steel City Tickets.com 63

Steven Adams might not have lit the world on fire in his first Greentree summer league game, but the highly-touted freshman definitely made an impact.

More importantly for him, his team got the win.

"As long as we got the W," Adams said, "I don't care about my personal stats."

Adams scored six points (2-8 FG), grabbed 18 rebounds and dished three assists in a solid first night playing with his future teammates. The Pitt freshman ran the floor well, played strong in the post and contributed by doing the little things in the win.

"I just made sure I did all the little things to make sure we'd win," he said. "I didn't try to force anything."

Adams was helped by future teammate Lamar Patterson. The redshirt junior scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Patterson controlled the tempo for PGT and showed his ability to be a scoring force for his team.

"If there's five seconds to go, you just give him the ball," Adams said of Patterson. "He'll pull some crazy thing out and make it. You can always rely on him to do that."

PGT jumped out to an early double-digit lead with a 12-2 run and never looked back. PGT led by as much as 25 in the second half.

Pitt's Dante Taylor and Durand Johnson led Steel City Tickets.com with 14 points apiece.

GNC 84, South Hills Audi 82 (OT)

Duquesne's Martin Abele put back his own miss with one second left in overtime to lift GNC over South Hills Audi in an intense, back-and-forth contest.

With the score tied at 82, Youngstown State's Kendrick Perry held the ball for the last shot. He drove and dished the ball right to West Virginia's Keaton Miles, who immediately zipped the ball inside to Abele. His first shot was rejected by South Hills Audi's Kyle Goldcamp, but Abele gathered the rebound and put it back for the win.

The thrilling ending was outshined by how the two teams ended up in overtime.

GNC led 75-71 with 36 seconds left when Keith Benjamin's 3-pointer cut the lead to one, and SHA called a time out. Miles was being hounded by Goldcamp on the ensuing inbound and narrowly avoided a five-second violation with a timeout.

A pair of fouls put the ball in Miles hands out of bounds again, and he wasn't so lucky this time. Goldcamp deflected Miles' pass and moved the ball up to Chevon Troutman, who's dunk put SHA up, 76-75.

After extending the lead to three, John DeGroat attempted to add more at the free-throw line with six seconds left, but Troutman was called for a lane violation, giving the ball back to GNC.

Perry drove the ball down the right side of the court and launched an out of control 3-point attempt that was way off the mark. SHA appeared to have the game won, but a late whistle for a foul on DeGroat gave GNC a chance. Perry knocked down all three free throws to send the game into overtime.

Duquesne freshman Derrick Colter led GNC with 29 points, and Vaughn Morgan chipped in 16. DeGroat paced SHA with 21 points, and Chevon Troutman added a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Oliverio's Peppers 69, UPMC 64

For three-quarters of Monday night's finale, it appeared UPMC would run away the victory, but with just under 10 minutes remaining, the wheels came off.

Oliverio's Peppers scored the game's last 10 points and finished on a 21-6 run to clinch its first win of the summer.

UPMC jumped out to a commanding 15-2 lead in the first seven minutes to the game led by Cameron Wright. The Pitt redshirt sophomore looked impressive early, attacking the rim, getting out in transition for a few easy buckets and scoring six of UPMC's first 10 points.

Wright, who finished with 12 points on 5 of 13 shooting, was book ended on the other side of the court by Malcolm Gilbert. He made a pair of big blocks on the defensive end that helped spark the run.

However, leading 58-48 with 9:48 to go in the game, OP made its run. It pulled the game within three when Duquesne's Jeremiah Jones scored on back-to-back possessions, knocking down a 3-pointer before converting an alley oop from Lance Jeter.

Wright extended the lead to five with a baby hook shot in the lane, but OP would control the last four minutes of the game. West Virginia's Jabarie Hinds scored six of OP's last 10 points to seal the win.

Hinds led OP with 17 points while Jeter and Marvin Binney added 10 points. Quevyn Winters paced UPMC with 13 points.


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