It’s down to five players from Duquesne left in the Greentree Pro-Am after the playoffs kicked off last night.
Andre Marhold, Sean Johnson and Quevyn Winters of UPMC beat Oliveros Peppers, knocking out teammates Ovie Soko, Marvin Binney and Jeremiah Jones 83-78.
PG Derrick Colter and Martins Abele also remain, as members of top seed GNC that will take on UPMC tonight.
Marhold had an impressive night with 22 points, slamming more than a half dozen dunks on the fast break in his third summer league game.
Marhold is one of several players who haven’t been able to make many summer league games because of a class conflict. He said Monday night was only his third.
But – for what it’s worth – in Monday’s game, he certainly was playing with more freedom and edge than I think I ever saw him play with last year.
“I just stopped thinking. I usually think too much,” said Marhold. “The fast pace and getting up and down the court helped.”
He was guarded by Soko for most of the game – who continues to flash some very impressive abilities.
Soko missed a ton of 3’s, but made some slick passes and was rebounding well. He finished the night with 13 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds.
Soko seems to be a score for Jim Ferry and looks like he could be a special player for Duquesne. Of course he is not eligible for a year as a transfer from UAB.
Johnson had a solid night with 15 points but he left the game with a few minutes left with what looked like was a hamstring problem. Unclear if he’ll be playing tonight.
Jeremiah Jones also scored 15 points, and knocked in a pair of 3’s.
On Oliveros Peppers:
Binney: 7 points, 4 assists. It’s looking more and more like his style will mesh and complement Colter well.
Winters had 3 points.
Tonight’s first game: GNC (Colter, Abele) vs. UPMC (Johnson, Marhold,Winters) 7:15 p.m.
That is followed by PGT vs. South Hills Audi (No Dukes on either of these teams)
Winners advance to the final on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.