November 25, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Xavier Musketeers forward Travis Taylor (4) guards Drake Bulldogs guard Micah Mason (22) in game 9 of the Directv Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center. Xavier Musketeers won 74-70. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Five Duquesne Players Drop 25 + in Pro - Am Playoffs

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It’s beginning to sound redundant, but the Dukes had another big night at the Pro-Am with five players dropping 25 or more points in the first round of the PBC Pro-Am playoffs. Half the teams that have Duquesne students moved on to the second round.

South Hills Audi 89, CRONS 79

A perennial favorite since the team formed three years ago, South Hills Audi actually played defense tonight holding CRONS under 80, a rare occurrence for any team at this year’s high flying summer league. Derrick Colter followed up his triple double performance with a single double netting 25 points while only picking up one assist. Jordan Robinson went against the veterans big guys and struggled. He managed only 3 points on 1 of 5 from the floor. On a positive note, he did find eight rebounds, but in the end, he hasn’t been the same player since the knee injury first turned up.

Shale Attorney 104, UPMC 78

Don’t look now, but the once lowly Shale Attorney is catching fire thanks largely to Rene Castro. The Butler transfer had a light scoring night by his recent standards with only 26, but he did have a cool 8:1 assist to turnover ratio on the evening. His three point mojo from the last few nights went Eric James’ way as he converted 6 of 9 three pointers on his most effective shooting night of the summer. The Columbus area swingman potted 29 points and secured 8 rebounds. On the losing end, my one time league favorite, UPMC, failed to reach the second round. Dominique McKoy had a decent night scoring 17 and grabbing 8 rebounds. Desmond Ridenour had a weak shooting night but still managed 15 points.

System One 122, GNC 92

Just to make one thing clear before I get into the Duquesne notes, I really think Mike Young will be considered the best player in Pittsburgh by the end of the year. I like Lucky Jones, but Young is very talented. I apologize for the Pitt love.

On paper, LG Gill and Micah Mason’s 16 and 25 respective points look good. I like them even better when I see neither got there relying too much on the three. Gill missed all 4 of the his shots from down town while Mason’s only three misses of the game were from distance.

PGT 108, Bakery Square 99

I really can’t think of an obvious angle to present this game so I won’t even try. Jeremiah Jones went 8 for 9 from the FT line on his way to 18 points. Darius Lewis has been almost automatic for six rebounds this summer. I still like the way he’s coming along. Jordan Stevens scored a third of the Square’s points and made the final pass leading to five of his teammates’ baskets. Tysean Powell had an efficient but quiet night. He needs to talk to Jeremiah about that free throw shooting though. Hmmmm, maybe I found my angle after all.

 

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Games will continue Monday at 7 with Shale Attorney taking on South Hills Audi and System One going toe to toe with PGT.

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