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July 11, 2013

Summer league players short-handed Wednesday

The 2013 Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am summer league took its show on the road to Montour High School Wednesday night. Incoming Pitt freshman [db]Jamel Artis[/db] pulled double duty, combining for 27 points and 17 rebounds in two games played.

South Hills Audi 76, GNC 66

Pitt alum Chevron Troutman scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as South Hills Audi rolled to its third-straight win of the summer.

Troutman - despite having eight turnovers on the night - made 11 of his 15 shots from the field and controlled things in the paint. He also keyed an 8-0 run midway through the first half, giving South Hills Audi an early 26-15 lead.

GNC made it a game in the second half. The squad went on a 7-0 run, capped by a Kasey Tuttle three-pointer, which tied the game at 54. However, South Hills Audi responded with a 10-0 run of its own, sparked by a pair of huge blocks from Troutman and fellow Pitt alum John DeGroat on back-to-back possessions.

The Cresslers continue to impress for South Hills Audi. Nolan Cressler scored 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting and grabbed five rebounds while Andrew Cressler added seven points and seven boards. DeGroat chipped in 10 points, five coming during South Hills Audi's 10-0 run.

TraVaughn White led GNC with 30 points on 12 of 21 shooting including 2 for 4 from beyond the arc. Duquesne's Derrick Colter had an off-shooting night, only netting nine points on 3 of 12 shooting.

PGT 91, The Lair 82

It's getting harder to describe how well [db]Talib Zanna[/db] has played during the 2013 summer league, and Wednesday night deserves another set of adjectives.

The fifth-year senior notched a double-double in the first half, then led a depleted PGT team on a late 20-4 run in the second half to seal the night's second win.

After scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 boards in the first half, Zanna finished with 28 points - including 10 of 13 from the free-throw line - and 17 rebounds. He continued to show his arsenal of offensive post moves while also running the floor for easy layups.

Zanna made up for PGT's lack of depth. The team only had six players for the entire game, and one played in the first game. However, it wasn't Zanna or any other player that keyed the second-half run.

With about 12 minutes left in the second half, PGT's coach drew a technical foul, which allowed The Lair to go up 67-54 on the free throws. A few minutes later, PGT turned a 10-point deficit into a 83-77 lead with under a minute left, using tough finishes around the rim and opportunistic defense.

PGT's Desjuan Newton added 20 points on 9 of 14 shooting. The Lair had four players in double figures with Duquesne teammates, Jermaine Jones and Ovie Soko leading the way. Jones score 21 points, and Soko finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

UPMC 96, Oliverio's Peppers 94 OT

UPMC saw a 24-points second-half lead go down the drain, but a pair of Lucky Jones free throws in overtime earned the makeshift squad its first win of the summer.

UPMC owned a 12-point lead with just over a minute left when Oliverio's Peppers went to work. OP used an effective full-court press to force a number of turnovers and easy baskets in the final 60 seconds. Then, after Charles Oliver's free throws put UPMC up 85-82 with 13 seconds left, Desjuan Newton hit a three-pointer to send the game to overtime.

The action went back and forth in extra period until Jones hit a pair of free throws to put UMPC up two with 21 seconds left. Oliverio's Peppers responded when Newton put back a missed three to knot the game at 94 with 10 seconds left.

However, that's when Jones came through again. The Robert Morris guard drew the foul and sunk a pair of free throws with five ticks left on the clock. Oliverio's Peppers last second three-point attempt was off the mark, which sealed the win for UPMC.

Jones led the way for UPMC, flirting with a quadruple-double. The Robert Morris player scored 31 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, dished eight assists and committed nine turnovers. His Colonial teammate, Oliver, had 28 points including 11 of 13 from the free-throw line.

West Virginia's [db]Terry Henderson[/db] scored a game-high 32 points, five of which came in the final minute of regulation. Newton added 21 points, and West Virginia's [db]Nate Adrian[/db] chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The UPMC team only had six players with most having already played a game. Still, the unit built a 20-point halftime lead, but Oliverio's Peppers whittled away at the deficit little by little until the final minute.

Standings
1. SPK 4-0
2. South Hills Audi 3-1
3. PGT 3-2
4. The Lair 2-2
5. Oliverio's Peppers 1-3
6. GNC 1-3
7. UPMC 1-4


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