The playoffs for the Mo Betta Pro-Am Summer League have resembled the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. There were upsets all around at the Wohl Center.
In the quarterfinals on Friday night, all of the top-four seeded teams were defeated. The St. Louis Stars, Vashon, Forget the Critics and Big Game Bulls were all clipped after receiving first round byes. That left for the semifinals matchups on Saturday evening, Takeover vs. 200 Proof and Team Holla vs. YLie.
In the first semifinal game, 200 Proof rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat Takeover 61-58. 200 Proof trailed 38-28 at halftime and gradually chipped away at the lead for the entire second half before finally taking the lead with 30 seconds left on a driving layup by Torres Roundtree. Vince Ferguson led 200 Proof with 12 points while former Jennings standouts Courtney Stockard (pictured) and Mark Stovall added 11 points each. Roundtree added nine points. The 6’5″ Stockard is headed to St. Bonaventure this fall after a standout junior college career.
Former Belleville East and Tennessee-Martin standout Jared Newson led Takeover with 17 points. He played professionally in France last season. Former Madison High star Maurice Baker added 14 points. Baker has played several years professionally overseas and in the National Basketball Developmental League.
In the second semifinal, YLie defeated Team Holla 86-74. YLie raced to an 11-0 lead and built a 25-point lead and coasted to victory and a berth in Monday night’s championship game. Former Jennings standout Deshaun Cooper (Northwest Missouri State) scored a team-high 19 points to lead four players in double figures. The 5’8″ Cooper played professional ball in Germany last season. Former Lafayette and UMSL standout Aareon Smith scored 17 points while Chantel Stanciel (McCluer/Columbia College) scored 17 points. Drake Reed, a former All-OVC performer at Austin Peay, added 16 points.
Team Holla was led by former McCluer North and Arkansas standout B.J. Young with 21 points. Gerald Fulton (Hazelwood East/UMSL) added 17 points.
YLie will face 200 Proof in the championship game on Monday night at the Wohl Center. Tip off is at 8:30 p.m.
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