Dot's completes N.C. Pro Am sweep
Dot’s Detailing beat DTLR 85-81 to give Coach Tapona Champion his first S.J.G. Greater NC Pro-Am Tournament title on Thursday at Durham School of the Arts.
“That’s what we came here for,” Champion said.
Dot’s was the regular-season champ, too.
“We just continued to play the same kind of game,” Champion said. “We didn't want to change how we played. Everybody played hard, played defense. If the shots are open, get the open shot, get the man that’s open, and we’re good.”
A 3-pointer by DTLR’s Amari Hamilton brought his team within five points with 36.5 seconds left in the game.
A DTLR layup made it an 83-80 game with 19.1 to go, but Dot’s hung on.
The biggest game of the season naturally triggered the best defense of the summer league that tends to lack in that category.
“Defense wins championships,” Champion said. “Anything else is uncivilized.”
There wasn't much defense for those 3s from Dot’s guard Miykael Faulcon (16 points).
“A note to DTLR,” game announcer Bill Murphy said. “You can’t leave Miykael Faulcon open.”
Faulcon plays college ball at Elizabeth City State.
DTLR’s Joshea Singleton led all scores with 27 points.
Justin Glover scored 18 points for Dot’s and was named the game’s most valuable player.
Corey Evans led Dot’s with 24 points, dunking so hard one time that the strings in his shorts came undone.
Hamilton, a rising senior at Southern High School, said playing in the summer league against college and professional players should pay off for him this season in the PAC-6. He scored 11 points, including three 3s, in the championship game.
Prior to the title game, Hamilton played in the summer league’s high school showcase game that ended with Northern’s Kentrell Barkley earning hardware for being the most valuable player.
Barkley, a rising junior, seemed to always be around the basket, leading all scorers with 15 points.
“Just tried to keep moving around,” Barkley said.
The showcase included young men from around the state. Not all of them played in the summer league.
Voyager Academy rising sophomore Jay Huff said it was easier solely going against high school players in the showcase after having played against the college guys and pros during the summer league’s regular season.
“I got tougher, I think, in terms of being able to match up against bigger guys,” Huff said about his experience in the summer league. “It helped a lot.”
Voyager’s Diante Parker, PACE Academy’s Isaiah Maurice (formerly of Southern) and DeShon Self (formerly of Hillside) played in the showcase.