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July 12, 2012

Patterson drops 33 in regular-season finale

The regular season of the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Summer Pro-Am ended Wednesday night as each team jockeyed for playoff position and turned in a number of outstanding performances.

PGT Trucking 75, UPMC 70

Teams continue to give PGT Trucking a run for its money, and Lamar Patterson keeps rising to the challenge.

Patterson scored 33 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished seven assists as PGT secured a tie for the best regular-season record in the league. Despite being the constant focus of defenses, Patterson's found a way to put up points and lift his team to victory.

"Getting to the hole and getting to the free-throw line," he said, "that's where I want to be at. I have a big body, and I want to use it."

The redshirt junior found a way to get to the basket in every form on Wednesday night. His effective penetration led to multiple trips to the foul line (9-12 FT) and gave him room to hit his long range jumper.

PGT - without an injured Trey Zeigler - was down by as many as 10 points in the first half due to some cold shooting but were able to get back in the game on the shoulders of Patterson. It took a one-point lead at the half when Tom Droney drove coast to coast and hit a runner off the backboard as time expired.

PGT then used a 11-0 run - with eight of the points coming from Patterson - in the middle of the second half to pull away and never looked back. Though tied for the league's best record, a head-to-head loss against GNC makes PGT the No. 2 seed for the playoffs. It will play SPK Law on Monday night at 7 p.m. in the first round.

"It's good to be one of the top seeds," Patterson said. "Hopefully we can keep this momentum through the playoffs and win a championship."

GNC 88, SPK Law 81 OT

Fans finally saw why Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon thought Chris Jones was worth a scholarship Wednesday night, but unfortunately, it wasn't enough to keep SPK Law out of the league's basement.

The incoming Pitt freshman scored 23 points on 9 of 17 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in an overtime loss to the league's top team. SPK fell to 1-5, securing the bottom seed in the upcoming playoffs due to a head-to-head loss on Monday to Steel City Tickets.

SPK trailed by as many as 14 in the second half before pulling within five on a Jevon Pressley tip in. Jones then pulled off a Reggie Miller-esque play, stealing the inbound pass, dribbling beyond the 3-point line and nailing the shot. Jones would add an off-balance jumper before SPK took a one-point lead when GNC's Jakim Donaldson goal tended Damie Eargle's shot with 20 seconds left.

However, after stopping GNC on its next possession, Jones could only hit 1 of 2 free throws on the other end. The miss allowed Donaldson to score on a tip in to send the game to overtime tied at 73.

GNC's Keaton Miles scored 6 of his team's first 10 points in overtime to put the game out of reach.

South Hills Audi 85, Steel City Tickets 73

Pitt players dominated the night's final game. However, none of them have any eligibility left.

Pitt alumni John DeGroat, Levance Fields, Chevron Troutman and Gilbert Brown combined for 77 of South Hills Audi's 85 points as it dominated Steel City Tickets in the regular-season's final game. Another former Panther player Keith Benjamin added five points, which means Pitt accounted for all but three of the points scored by SHA Wednesday.

With 10 minutes left in the first half and the game tied at 27, SHA went on a 22-7 run to end the half. Brown netted 10 of those points including a pair of 3-pointers while Troutman controlled the boards inside and poured in another six points of his own.

It was more of the same in the second half as SHA continued to control the pace. The closest SCT would get in the final half was eight points.

With a win, SHA moved into a three-way tie for third place with UPMC and Oliverio's Peppers, each at 3-3. However, SHA owns wins over both squads and holds the No. 3 seed in next week's playoffs. Oliverio's Peppers is the No. 4 seed with a head-to-head win over UPMC, which grabbed the fifth seed.

Top Performers

Cameron Wright - 25 points, 10 rebounds, 12/24 FG
Lamar Patterson - 33 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 10/18 FG, 9/12 FT
Steven Adams - 16 points, 14 rebounds, 6/13 FG
John DeGroat - 23 points, 6 rebounds, 9/13 FG
Durand Johnson - 21 points, 8 rebounds, 9/25 FG
Russell Johnson - 19 points, 11 rebounds
Chris Jones - 23 points, 7 rebounds, 9/17 FG
Jakim Donaldson - 21 points, 10 rebounds, 10/12 FG

Final Standings

1. GNC 5-1
2. PGT Trucking 5-1
3. South Hills Audi 3-3
4. Oliverio's Peppers 3-3
5. UPMC 3-3
6. Steel City Tickets 1-5
7. SPK Law 1-5

First-Round Playoff Schedule
All games Monday, July 16


No. 2 PGT Trucking vs. No. 7 SPK Law, 7 p.m.
No. 3 South Hills Audi vs. No. 6 Steel City Tickets, 8 p.m.
No. 4 Oliverio's Peppers vs. No. 5 UPMC, 9 p.m.
*-No. 1 GNC receives a first-round bye


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