Jan 9, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; DePaul Blue Demons guard Brandon Young (20) dribbles the ball with Butler Bulldogs guard Rene Castro (14) defending during the second half at Hinkle Fieldhouse. DePaul won 99-94 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Rene Castro Steals the Show In PBC Pro - Am Finals Loss

Rene Castro’s put Shale Attorney on his back for the last three weeks. His efforts helped them reach the 2014 PBC Pro-Am championship game, but even scoring a league record 56 points in the last game couldn’t put them over the top losing to System One 115-109.

Castro arrived at 56 by hitting 64% from the floor on 21 of 33 shooting including 7 of 15 from three. He also hit all seven free throws he attempted. It’s worth noting that in spite of all the scoring, he managed a team high six assists good for second in the game. Tonight’s addition gives the Butler transfer 193 points in his final five games.

System One secured bragging rights with a a pair of Pitt double – doubles. Mike Young  had 26 points with 11 rebounds while PG James Robinson chipped in 22 and 11 dimes. Micah Mason’s scoring attempts came mostly from beyond the arc hitting 5 of 10 while also chipping in an assist. The Highlands product closed with 21 points. LG Gill ended his summer with a strong but relatively quiet 12 point, 4 rebound performance.

Eric James had 15 points for Shale Attorney giving the pair of new Dukes 65% of the losing team’s output.


All League Team

MVP – Castro -Duquesne- led a rag tag team of freshman, walk ons and lower division players to the finals

Mike Young -Pitt- Emerging as one of the most talented players on the Pitt team. Future star

Joe Uchebo -Pitt- You can’t average 20 – 20 and not make the team. Absolutely dominated the glass.

Lucky Jones – Robert Morris –  In the conversation for the best college basketball player in Pittburgh

Karvel Anderson – Robert Morris (Grad) –  Really made an impact in what I would assume will be his final Pro-Am


Freshman of the Year

Tysean Powell – Very close between he and Cam Johnson. I gave it Powell because of the shooting percentage and his slight advantage in rebounds and assists. Very close though.

Marquise Reed was also considered.

Defensive Player of the Year



Special thanks to John Giammarco for organizing the league and to David Tobiczyk for the timely statistics. There are a lot of things I love about Pittsburgh in the summer time. The Pro-Am is near the top and is still one of the best kept secrets.

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