The L.A. Summer Pro League sponsored by AND 1 concluded its regular season on Sunday with 6 games.
Championship implications were at stake in the final 2 games of the evening adding extra drama and pressure to the final day of regular season play.
Here are the recaps from the full slate of games as reported by VP of Operations, Walt Thompson.
Team FLOW finally got in the win column with a 123 to 108 victory over BTG (Texas). Team FLOW was led by the brilliant guard play from Kendrick Harris, who scored 27 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out 8 assists. BTG was led by Winston Robinson’s 36 points and Ricardo Lovelace’s 33 points. Both teams ended league play with a 1 – 5 record.
Pro 4 redeemed itself by beating Pro 1, 87 to 78 behind Aaron Perez’s 27 points. Defense was the name of the game on both sides. Pro 1 was led by Robbie Robinson, who put on wonderful performance by scoring 27 points and pulling down a league high 20 rebounds. Both teams finished with a 2 – 4 record.
It was a game that went back and forth, but at the end Pro 2 would prevail with a 78 to 73 victory over Pro 3. Pro 2 received 20 points and 12 rebounds from Jacksonville, Florida native AJ Stewart. However, Manuel Perez (Harlem Globetrotter) had 29 points and 10 rebounds in a losing cause. Pro 2 finished league play with a 4 – 2 record and Pro 3 finished play with a record of 1 – 5.
This contest pitted teams from the ABA and the IBL professional basketball leagues. In the second quarter, the LA Slam (ABA), led by guard Chris Reaves’ 35 points, jumped out to a 10 point lead. But the IBL All-Stars seemed to put it in a higher gear by scoring 42 points in the 3rd quarter. The IBL All-Stars were led by Mike Ward’s 24 points and 12 assist, “Diamonds in the Rough” player Chehales Tapscott’s 24 points and 11 rebounds and Jared Cunningham’s 23 points and 11 rebounds. The IBL All-Stars put all leagues on notice by defeating the LA Slam of the ABA league, 119 to 104. The IBL All-Stars finished with a successful campaign by going 4 – 1 and the LA Slam finished league play 4 – 2.
The game was highlighted by the play of two “Diamonds in the Rough” players, Franklin Sessions (18 points) of AND1 Select and Tyshawn Edmonson (29 points) of NYElite. However, AND1 Select’s frontline proved to be difference in the game as AND1 Selects forwards Tremayne Johnson and Jamie Jones scored a total of 37 points and pulled down 19 rebounds. AND1 Select would go on and defeat NYElite 83 to 72. The defeat dropped NYElite to a 2 – 5 record and AND1 Select remained undefeated in league play (6 – 0).
The last game of evening played an important role to the final “Championship” puzzle. Elite Talent Exchange (ETX) came out the gate blazing, led by point guard, Jamaal Smith’s 26 points and Tim Taylor’s 21 points. But, in the 4th quarter, LA Loop’s money players D’Andre Bell (23 points and 10 rebounds), Jushay Rockett (28 points and 15 rebounds) and point guard, Vince Camper (31 points and 11 rebounds), put their team on their backs to beat a strong ETX team, 109 to 101. ETX finished league play 4 – 2 and LA Loop remained undefeated at 6 – 0.
Now that regular season play has concluded, the stage is set for the Championship game Monday night at 7pm which will pit AND1 Select vs. LA Loop. Both teams have undefeated records of 6-0 but only one will remain perfect after their championship matchup.
Remember you can check out the action live at the Roybal Center in downtown L.A. or catch a live stream of the games on the Basketball Channel. We will have a recap and photos from the championship game tomorrow.
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Written by Warren Shaw
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