In Day 2 action on Thursday at the 61st annual Portsmouth Invitational, Mike Duman topped Norfolk Sports Club 90-80 in the first game. Dwayne Davis led the winners with 19 points while Rodney McGruder and Robert Covington added 16. McGruder was efficient (6-of-12 with four assists and two turnovers), scored from mid-range and in transition and distributed the ball well when given the chance.
Covington showed a nice shooting stroke, although he was only 1-of-4 from deep and was active on the boards with nine rebounds. For Norfolk, Jack Cooley showed best with 14 point and 16 rebounds. Cooley, though undersized and with limited athleticism, knows how to rebound (8.5 offensive rebounds/game in his two contests). He knows how to use his body and anticipates the path of the ball well. On defense, though, Cooley has a hard time keeping up with his opponents in transition and generally got beat down the court. Lamont Jones led Norfolk with 21 points but took 21 shots to do so including 0-of-6 on three’s. He was out of control at times and his teammates didn’t look thrilled.
Roger Brown’s then romped over the Portsmouth Sports Club 91-64 as Ramon Galloway led six players in double figures with 18 points. Galloway is more athletic than he seems and did a decent job running his team. Many of his nine turnovers were the result of teammates not coming up with decent passes. He added to a strong line with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals and blocks. Dexter Strickland had a nice game shooting with 6-of-7 from the field and added four assists. Oregon’s Tony Woods had a good outing with 10 pints, five rebounds and three blocks although he matched up with Andrew Smith, who looked out of his element with a 1-of-11 performance.
Nick Minnerath showed a high level of athleticism in leading Portsmouth with 16 points on eight field goals, most of them occurring in transition. Abdul Gaddy looked better than we’ve seen him all year with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and only one turnover. He played a solid floor game and made good choices with the ball.
In the nightcap Cherry Bekaert topped Sales Systems 81-74 behind 18 points from E.J. Singler. Singler made 4-of-5 three’s and added five rebounds. Durand Scott didn’t shoot well (4-of-13) but used his length to grab 10 boards from the two-guard slot. Murphy Holloway does what he does, and was tough inside with 14 points and 10 boards. Ed Daniel led Sales System with 17 points, most of them in transition. Derrick Nix had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes but would be much more effective if he could take off additional weight and get himself into better shape.