It was a thing of beauty to watch these two teams play at such a high level but the PRIME prevailed at the end for it's franchises first victory.
PRIME coach Michael Davis said his team certainly didn't play its best game by any stretch, but fought back in the clutch to pull out a thrilling win in overtime.
"I think it's a good sign for us that we're found a way to win," Davis said. "Everyone is contributing, locking really hard when we need to and making sure we're consistent on some things. We just got to get a little sharper.
"You know we missed a lot of easy shots tonight, a lot of layups, a lot of floaters, a lot of fast breaks -- things we usually convert. But we battled. We got stops at the end and that is what counts." Mike Crain, Bray and Allen really saved us in the OT.
Tay Barber (6'0''-G-86, college: Life) had 27 points and six assist and Jamal Johnson (6'7''-F-81, college: Clayton St.) chipped in with 25 points to lead the Titans, who lost a 13 point lead in the 4th.
The Titans led 98-85 entering the fourth quarter and dominated the 3rd after a show time dunk by Tony Omotayo (6'5''-F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.). Omotayo followed up by knocking down a 3 straight baskets before leaving the game. He finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks but only played 28 minutes.
The Titans look like a very dangerous team that needs to learn to close but still look impressive. Tay Barber is a force also with rookie Chris Vanlandingham (6'4''-G-89, college: Armstr.Atlantic) who was the teams top assist man with 7.
Below you will find the box scores. Game links will be posted next week.
1/16/2017 The GIE Maile Matrix have developed a knack for beating the best in the South. They did it again on Sunday night, rallying from a 15-point, first-quarter deficit for a 90-81 victory over the Atlanta Legends. Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) scored a season-high 40 points and 8 rebounds as the Matrix, who are second in the South, improved to 4-1 combined against the Atlanta Legends and Georgia Spartans this season. ''This is th... [read more]
The GIE Maile Matrix have developed a knack for beating the best in the South. They did it again on Sunday night, rallying from a 15-point, first-quarter deficit for a 90-81 victory over the Atlanta Legends. Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) scored a season-high 40 points and 8 rebounds as the Matrix, who are second in the South, improved to 4-1 combined against the Atlanta Legends and Georgia Spartans this season. ''This is the team we had to beat,'' Barnes said. ''I think we get up for the big games like the Legends. We've just got to come with a better mindset for games that we feel like we should win. We know we can play with anybody, we've proven that. But for now I'm happy with the direction of the team.'' GIE led by two early in the third quarter before Barnes scoring the next 15 points, capped by a 3-pointer to end the third. "I knew it was a matter of time before I got hot", said Barnes. Coming back from this injury has been hell for me. I needed this.
1/16/2017 Louisville Diesel go Next Level tonight in 142 to 58 win over the Dayton Sharks. Carlos Mitchell (6'1''-PG, college: IU Southeast) led all scores with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Justin Taylor (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) and Nate Johnson (6'4''-G-81, college: Florida St.) added 21 points apiece. The rest of the Diesel front line all added double figures (Darryl Baker (6'3''-G, college: Danville Area CC) 19, Vernon Payne (6'8''-F/C, college: IU Southeast) 18, Greg Grimes... [read more]
Donnie Lee (6'4''-SG) lead Dayton with 16 and Ben McGriff (6'5''-G) with 11. The Diesel added some much needed fire power by getting ex Louisville point guard Chris Jones (6'2''-G) and Louisville forward veteran Nate Johnson.
1/16/2017 Former UBA first round pick Jamorris Gaines (6'7''-F-90, college: Albany St.) continues his solid play as he led the Southern Generals to a 65-63 victory over the Georgia Elite. Gaines finished the game with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Ron Blossomgame (6'9''-C/F-89, college: Middle Georgia) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the Generals. Rupert Rose (5'11''-G) add 10 for the Generals. Arif Sempala scoring a game high 23 points for the Georgia Elite. Yet again the young Elite squ... [read more]
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