Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
Sunday evening at the Delco Pro-Am means all 24 teams are in action this evening over the next four-plus hours. I’m here alone this evening, so going to be another crazy night of running around the Douglas B. Gardiner ’83 Integrated Athletic Center to kick off Week 3 of the 2012 Delco Pro-Am. Hit the jump for the usual notes, stats and quotes:
6:00PM: Ton of talent on hand for the first three match-ups of the evening. On Court 1, we’ve got Vinny’s Pizzerama vs. KLM Insurance; Court 2 has Team White vs. Haverford College; Court 3 features Team Blue taking on the PNC Bank Ballers.
6:10PM: Team White has just five players tonight (Dan Ochefu, Cam Gunter, Ty Johnson, Dau Jok and Jimmy McDonnell), but Ochefu could be in for a big night against an undersized Haverford School team. It’s 6-6 early on but the incoming ‘Nova freshman has a big pair of dunks already.
6:25PM: A pair of Drexel Dragons make their Pro-Am regular-season debuts as Tavon Allen and Goran Pantovic take the court for Team Blue. Two very interesting players for Drexel for two very different reasons, Allen sat out his freshman season with stress fractures in both legs while Pantovic was mostly a non-factor for Drexel until he scored 10 points in the Dragons’ first-round NIT victory.
6:30PM: Two halftime scores: KLM Insurance leads Vinny’s Pizzerama 24-18 at halftime while Team White has a 34-23 advantage over Haverford College. Kutztown’s Tyler Brooks has 11 points to pace KLM Insurance, and former BU Terrier DJ Irving has seven points for Vinny’s Pizzerama. Also of note on the KLM Insurance roster is Neumann-Goretti grad Billy Shank, headed to Kutztown for his freshman season this fall; he hasn’t scored a point yet in this game.
For Team White, Villanova’s Ty Johnson continues his torrid scoring pace this summer season with 14 first-half points, his Wildcat teammate Dan Ochefu had three early dunks for six points but hasn’t scored since. Haverford College has gotten most of their production from Niagara Golden Eagle sophomore Ameen Tanksley, who has nine points.
6:43PM: Team Blue leads the PNC Bank Ballers 29-21 at halftime. Villanova’s Tony Chennault and Mouphtaou Yarou each have six points, while Temple’s T.J. DiLeo has four.
6:55PM: Kenny Sharpe (Lincoln University) scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half as Vinny’s Pizzerama came from behind for a 59-56 win over KLM Insurance. Kutztown grad Andre Woodlin added 15 points against his former college team, playing under the KLM name this summer; Boston University’s D.J. Irving added 12 in the win. KLM insurance was led by Kutztown junior Tyler Brooks, who had 17 points; he and Lamon Church (10 points) were the only two players on the team in double figures. Neumann-Goretti grad and incoming Kutztown freshman Billy Shank had five points.
7:00PM: Team White wins 59-54 thanks to another stellar performance from Ty Johnson, who scored 27 points to help his team improve to 3-1 on the season. Despite having just five players on the court all evening, Johnson pushed the tempo against Haverford College, who had a little outside help. Niagara Golden Eagle Ameen Tankersly, an Imhotep Charter grad, had 17 points to pace Haverford College.
Other than Johnson, Dan Ochefu added 12 points, though against a team where he easily could have gone for double that. One of the big knocks on Ochefu coming out of Westtown was that he needed to assert himself a little more, and he certainly left a few points on the board if he’d had some takes with a little more authority. Penn’s Dau Jok added seven points and Temple’s Jimmy McDonnell hit a three-pointer as part of his nine points.
7:15PM: Team Blue faced a tougher-than-expected challenge from the PNC Bank Ballers, facing a barrage of 3-pointers but ultimately holding on for a 66-63 victory. PNC Bank got 24 points from Ursinus’ John Noonan, who hit seven of his team’s 11 3-pointers on the evening.
“It was a tough game for us, those guys made a lot of 3s–I want to say at least 12,” said Team Blue coach Curtis Sumpter, who played for Villanova from 2003-07 and was off by only one. “But our guys got it going in the second half, was able to get out there and contest some shots, and we won by three.”
Continuing tonight’s trend of Villanova Wildcats players doing well, Mouphtaou Yarou led Team Blue with 21 points while his new teammate Tony Chennault had 14; Penn’s Simeon Espirit knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as part of his eight points and Temple’s T.J. DiLeo added nine. Tavon Allen, the Drexel redshirt freshman making his first Pro-Am regular season appearance, had six points off the bench.
7:38PM: Trad Jazz has a one-point halftime lead over Team Thompson, 26-25, in a game that features the first summer appearance by Penn freshman Darien Nelson-Henry. The 6-foot-10 Washington state native has six points on a Quaker-dominated team that also features sophomore Greg Louis (seven points), junior Fran Dougherty (four points) and fellow freshman Tony Hicks (six points).
8:01PM: The usually-Villanova Omega Medical squad got a boost tonight from Niagara Purple Eagle sophomore Juan’ya Green, who scored 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the pro-filled roster of TYGTAL, falling 68-65. TYGTAL (Take Your Game To Another Level) was led by former SJU Hawk and UAB Blazer Todd O’Brien, who scored 20 points to lead all scorers.
8:08PM: A few notes–Court 3’s scheduled game between Radano + The Champs has been cancelled due to a no-show by The Champs. Also, with 6:47 remaining on Court 2’s game between Trad Jazz and Team Thompson, that game is being switched over to Court 1.
8:25PM: Team Thompson holds on for a 62-56 victory over Trad Jazz, whose five-man roster was a little too tired at the end to keep up with the NBA’s Jason Thompson (13 points) and company. Neshaminy High’s Sherman Brittingham had 19 points to pace Team Thompson, who also got 10-point efforts from Chris Martin and Todd McCoy.
For Trad Jazz, which consisted of four Penn Quakers and Cameron Ayers, incoming Quaker freshman Tony Hicks had quite an impressive game with 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the second half. He was joined in double figures by Greg Louis (13 points) and Fran Dougherty (10 points), while fellow incoming freshman Darien Nelson-Henry had a nice summer debut with eight points. A 6-10, 270-pound center, Nelson-Henry showed off some toughness on the boards as well as a nice little 14-foot jumper.
8:50PM: The Under Armour Owls have a 28-22 halftime lead over Barnaby’s of West Chester thanks to the biggest contingent of Temple players yet at the 2012 Delco Pro-Am. In addition to regulars Dalton Pepper, Khalif Wyatt, Dan Dingle and Devontae Watson, former Owl and current Philadelphia 76er Lavoy Allen has joined the team, as has former Temple walk-on Jake Godino. Allen leads all scorers with nine points, including a 3-pointer, while Wyatt and Godino both have five points. Barnaby’s has two players with six points each, Eric Hill and Ed Peterson.
8:55PM: The “Doc P” Penn Quakers are up 33-30 on The Dragons thanks to 14 points from Temple’s Will Cummings and a strong first half by Henry Brooks, who has seven points and just as many rebounds, including a thunderous put-back slam earlier in the half. Drexel’s Damion Lee has six points at half while Chris Fouch has three for The Dragons, who are missing Samme Givens.
9:25PM: The UA Owls won 61-55 over Barnaby’s of West Chester with a free-throw heavy performance from Khalif Wyatt. Wyatt scored 10 of his 16 points from the charity stripe, including 11 total in the second half, to help a Owl-heavy squad past Claude Chalk (11 points) and the Barnaby’s squad.
Former Temple Owl and current Philadelphia 76er Lavoy Allen had 13 points in his first Delco Pro-Am game following a strong week at the Orlando Summer League. The rest of the Temple players on the UA Owls–Dalton Pepper, Daniel Dingle and Devontae Watson–combined for eight points.
9:30PM: Damion Lee had a huge second half, hitting three 3-pointers after the break as he scored 15 of his 21 points to help The Dragons to a 73-71 victory over the “Doc P” Penn Quakers. Shannon Givens, younger brother of absent former Dragon Samme Givens, scored all but two of his 14 points after intermission, while Chris Fouch had eight of his 11.
Will Cummings finished with 23 points to continue a very strong summer for Doc P, who also had a breakout performance from Henry Brooks. Brooks had his most productive outing of the summer with a 17-point effort, scoring on a variety of offensive moves, including a 15-foot jumper and a few putbacks from within 10 feet. Drexel’s Derrick Thomas (10 points) was the only other Doc P player in double figures, though Penn’s Miles Cartwright had nine points in a supporting role.
9:40PM: I was semi-neglecting Court 3 with all the action on Courts 1+2, so here’s a quick update. In the 8pm game, Rise Basketball beat Warner Coach 63-57 behind 18 points from Chris Cantino and 13 from Warrenn Gillist, the only two players on the team in double figures. Warner Coach, which is the Harcum College team, got double-digit efforts from Deon Maddox (12 points), Brandon Hasim (12 points) and DeJuan Williams (11 points).
At halftime of the 9pm game, Stomp-Off Records has a 37-36 halftime lead over Maple Zone despite late arrivals from Penn Quakers Steve Rennard and Cam Crocker. Frank Barr has 14 points for Stomp-Off, who also benefited from eight points by former Penn star Mark Zoller; Rennard has one bucket for two points at the break. For Maple Zone, Dwayne Jones has 16 points at the break to lead all scorers.
10:05PM: Stomp-Off Records takes home a 63-61 victory over Maple Zone thanks to a game-winning reverse layup by Mark Zoller, who scored 15 points in the victory. Stomp-Off was paced by Frank Barr’s 24 points, and got 10 from Gabe Lewellis as well as nine from the late-arriving Steve Rennard. Maple Zone got 19 points from Dwayne Jones, 12 from Eric Brennan and 11 from Joe Miller, whose brother Jeff scored 10 to round out the double-digit scorers.
10:25PM: Headed to overtime on Court 1 between Ella Health and Millennium with the score tied at 72-all.
10:30PM: Da Bottom, despite playing without NBA star Hakim Warrick, had a relatively easy 69-60 win over a Mid-American Pride team consisting entirely of area schoolers. Kurt King had 14 points for Da Bottom, who also got 11 points from Fred Warrick and 10 points from Temple’s Scootie Randall.
Mid-American Pride was led by rising Glasgow HS (Del.) junior Mahir Johnson (16 points) and Tavaune Griffin, headed to Neumann University, who had 11 points.
10:35PM: Ella Health got 23 points from Bilal Benn and 15 from Dan Comas in a 82-76 win over Millennium. Akeem Wright (23 points) and Chuck Moore (22 points) had strong games for Millennium, who had issues getting the ball in the bucket when it mattered the most.
La Salle Explorer Steve Zack, playing in the Delco Pro-Am for the first time this summer–most of his teammates are playing in South Philadelphia’s Sonny Hill League–had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds for Ella Health before fouling out with two minutes to go in overtime.