The S.C. Pro Am championship was held on Sunday at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Marcus Stroman and Chick-fil-A won the championship over Brenton Willams and Honda of Columbia.
Brenton Williams: 3-of-14 (2-of-8 3), 8 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast
Marcus Stroman: 4-of-13 (1-of-3 3), 13 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast
Williams’ team got off to such a hot start, and weathered a few charges, that I thought the game was over. But then Honda turned cold, and Chick-fil-A started making shots.
Stroman started it, with a three-point play, then a deflection that was rebounded by a teammate. Stroman was running on the break, asking for the ball; once he got it, he immediately lasered a bounce pass cross-court to his cutting teammate for a layup.Chick-fil-A never struggled again and Williams’ long-range clutch shots weren’t falling. Each didn’t take over their games, but Stroman was the spark that lit the comeback fire while Williams, who had a great game on Saturday, never got into the groove (he was scoreless in the second half).
Overall, fun little game (173 points in 32 minutes) and a great summer-long event. Every USC player but Laimonas Chatkevicius, Minda Kacinas (each played in Lithuania this summer) and Carlton Geathers (injury) played in at least one game, and most of the newcomers played all summer. Only a few minor injuries (a couple of sprained ankles) but immeasurable improvement.
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All thanks to Carey Rich for putting the event together and getting everyone involved. I think everyone got a sneak peek of USC basketball this season and can feel the hope starting to rise. These guys want to win and want to win now. Once the schedule gets released and the season approaches, we can all see how feasible that goal will be.
I like the chances.
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