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Portsmouth Day Two: More of the Same

Some interesting performances may be turning into trends - for better or worse - as two days worth of action have now completed at the Portsmouth Invitational.


Here we are at day two, and Mike Duman Auto Sales took down Norfolk Sports Club 90-80, with many of the same faces posting similar results to what they showed yesterday.

For NSC, Vander Joaquim continued to be a non-factor, posting only 10 points and four rebounds in 26 minutes before fouling out. DJ Cooper initially looked like he had another respectable outing when you see his 10 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds, but then you notice he also turned the ball over four times and missed most of his shots (most of them threes).

Our trusty scorer Lamont "MoMo" Jones raced his way to 19 points, and even tossed in 7 rebounds, three assists and two steals - but he also turned the ball over three times and shot only 39% from the floor, largely because he missed all six of his three-point attempts. Robert Covington, our lone representative on the winning squad, shot a tidy 54% to finish with 16 points and 19 rebounds, but he too was upside down on his assist to turnover ration (2:4) and nearly fouled out.

It's the debut of Roger Brown's Restaurant! What a squad, as they kicked the crap out of Portsmouth Sports Club to the tune of a 91-64 final. Ramon Galloway continued a busy offseason by filling the stat sheet - literally. He finished the night with 18 points, 8 rebounds, four assists, three steals, three blocks... and nine turnovers. Carl Hall made the most of his seven shots on the night, winding up with 10 points and 6 boards in his 26 minutes, though O.D. Anosike outdid him with 14 and 8 in the same playing time.

For PSC, Nick Minnerath led the losing effort with 16 points, while Kevin Foster hung out from long range and turned it into 13 points of his own. Jamal Olasewere and Colt Ryan seem to have only gotten mop-up duty, as they combined to go 3-for-9 from the field and had as many turnovers as rebounds (5).

In the night's final contest, Cherry Bekaert pulled out an 81-74 win over Sales Systems, LTD. The lone representative from the winning squad was Kyle Barone, the former Idaho Potato and WAC Player of the Year, though his eight points, 11 rebounds and six missed shots were not the cause for victory. On the losing side, three mids made an appearance: James Ennis, Rotnei Clarke, and Ed Daniel. Daniel posted the best night, with an efficient 17 opints and eight rebounds, though he also turned the ball over four times. Ennis and Clarke shot poorly (a combined 7-for-21 for 9 and 10 points, respectively), though Clarke did manage to chip in eight assists.

Sales Systems will play PSC tomorrow afternoon before the "semifinals" begin, so keep checking back here to see if Portsmouth's boys can recover can keep rolling and make their presence felt again.