Throughout live period, I will be sending out a recap of what I saw each day. On Thursday, I was at the adidas Gauntlet Finale in Spartanburg, South Carolina and got to see our two local teams in action.
Texas PRO 89, Riverside Hawks 58
Texas PRO 71, Team BBC 60
PRO find themselves in the final 16 of the adidas Gauntlet Finale after two impressive wins on Thursday, when they cruised past Riverside Hawks before outplaying a talented Team BBC late in the second half in what was a very physical contest. Jae LeDee had an outstanding start to the live period, recording 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists against Hawks and 12 points and 8 rebounds against BBC. While he really stuffed the stat sheet in the opener, I was more impressed with his efforts in the second game, when he did not get discouraged after receiving very few touches in the first half. LeDee showed a ton of toughness against BBC, battling for every rebound, and showed throughout the day that excellent interior passer. I have said before that he is a legit 20-10-5 threat, and he proved it once again. I believe this is just the beginning of what will be a huge July for him. PRO also received valuable contributions in the frontcourt from Kevin Obnor and Alonzo Sule. Obnor is a new addition to the team and paid immediate dividends while scoring 16 points against Hawks, while Sule was tremendous off the bench against BBC, bringing energy on both ends while scoring 12 points. Zach Nutall and Romello Wilbert were productive in both contests, especially in transition, where Nutall’s length and athleticism and Wilbert’s strength make them excellent finishers around the basket. Last but certainly not least, I am pleased to report that Kendric Davis is 100% and back in the form that we have come to expect from him. Davis had 11 points and 7 assists against Hawks before finishing with 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists against Team BBC. With John Calipari on hand to see Immanuel Quickley (16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists), Davis played him to a draw while notching the win. These are the types of games that I have grown accustomed to Davis being able to win, and I would not be surprised if PRO keeps it going on when bracket play continues on Friday.
Ohio BC 77, Basketball University 62
Team Knight 66, Basketball University 65 (OT)
The results could not have been more different for Basketball University, as they got off to a slow start against Ohio BC and were never able to cut the deficit to single digits in the second half. Keep in mind, this is a team that they beat easily in Fort Worth during the first live weekend in April. In the first half, BU was cold from the floor, and even after Quentin Grimes made three NBA-range 3s in succession late in the first half they still trailed by 14 at the break. Grimes went on to finish with 20 points, while Greg Brown added 14 points in the loss. Against Team Knight, Charles Smith broke out in the second half, scoring 8 points in 30 seconds during one stretch, and nailed a pair of 3s in the final minute of OT as the team fell just short. Smith finished with 24 points, and Grimes added 16, including a three that sent the game to OT late in regulation. This was a disappointing day for a team that has a team full of future high-major players.