By Kendall Hilton, Fan-I Sports, Goodman League Reporter.
The last thing you want to do is come inside gates shorthanded, especially when you’re matched up against a mob like Ariyuan.
Grindtime had to find out the hard way, falling to Ariyuan, 67-38.
Marcus Ashton led Ariyuan with 24 points, going 9/14 from the field. Six of those shots came from behind the arc, and four of those were in the first half. Ashton is averaging 21 points this summer so far, leading Ariyuan to a 3-1 record.
During the first timeout of the game after Ariyuan jumped out to an 18-4 lead with six minutes into the game, head coach Hobo Chic told his mob, “END THIS EARLY…let’s go home!”
Q.J Peterson out of VMI also gave Ariyuan quality minutes, scoring 14 points, going 5/9 from the field. The six-foot guard hailing from West Virginia is new to the Gates but has been nothing short of exciting. Peterson had a couple AND-1 finishes and dunks that made everybody take notice, one of which that was a one-dunk off the vertical that pretty cleared the lane.
Derrell Armstrong who played his college ball at UNC-Greensboro, was Grindtime’s leading scorer with 10 points. The mob from Charles County, MD is usually one of the more competitive teams inside the gates but they could never find their groove. It was over before it started.
The early game was much closer than Ariyuan’s blowout.
5th Street Bangers defeated Team Swagg 56-53, Jimmy House sealing the win with a block at the rim.
5th street Bangers was down 53-50 with thirty seconds left. Reggie Mason, out of Dunbar high school, scored a bucket with 15 seconds remaining, put the down by one. Team Swagg failed to get the inbound in and turn it over to the Bangers. On the ensuing possession, Eugene Davis shot attempt resulted in an airball but Mason was there to clean it up giving 5th Street Bangers the lead.
House, hailing from Mt. San Antonio College (CA), was the enforcer for the 5th Street Bangers finishing with 4 points, 8 boards, and 2 blocks. He controlled the paint which helped 5th Street establish a three-point lead at halftime.
The game was close from start to finish. In the first half, both teams had stellar guard play from their backcourts. Dhontay Ford out of Newbury Allen Universtiy went on a personal 10-0 run that helped keep Team Swagg in the game. Ford wouldn’t score again until the 1:45 in the second half.
Eugene Davis out of St. Thomas University was the answer to Ford, giving him a few moves that almost put him on the floor. Davis finished with 7 points.
This is Team Swagg second straight win that came down to the last bucket. Can they keep their momentum going throughout the summer? Stay Tuned!