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GHPA BBALL final 4 - Scores

Cricket Wireless 116
Zachs Fam Red Squad 102

Doug Herring 36 pts 10 reb 7asst. (Canadian Pro League All Star)

Red Squad
Cane Broome 30 pts (Univ of Cincinnati )

Atty Deron Freeman 130
Pauly Chute Slamm 105

Andrew Robinson 33pts (Quinnipiac)

Lucas Hausman 28pts (Euro Pro Spain)
Bobby Moore  21 pts 8 assist

Best of 3 Championship
Friday  August 11th 7:30pm
Frito Lay Holds Off Red Squad In Pro-Am

About 24 hours after Frito Lay staged a wild comeback to win its first game in the Greater Hartford Pro-Am, Robert "Fluff" McKiver and his teammates needed to survive a similar rally Sunday by Zach Fam. Red Squad for a 124-122 victory.

"We've had two different monsters," McKiver said. "We found out that we're a good comeback team and we found out that any lead is not safe. I think this weekend we proved that we're going to be in the running to win this thing."

After leading by 25 in the second quarter and by 16 after the third, McKiver's team watched as a two-pointer from Danny Lawhorn bounced off the rim as time expired to end the game. Lawhorn, who finished with 52 points, had a look at a three-pointer, but drove the baseline and put his ball off the iron in hopes of sending the game to overtime.

"I think [Lawson] was surprised how much we ran him off the line," McKiver said. "We wanted to run him off the line and then try and make him make a tough play. He was hot, so I thought he was going to take a three but we got lucky he didn't."

The Red Squad, who lost their opener on Friday, came storming back in the fourth quarter as Lawson found his rhythm, making fast break layups and contested jumpers from outside the three-point arc. Frito Lay did its best to slow the rally, getting important baskets from E.J. Crawford. But every time it appeared the comeback was done, Red Squad got another hoop from Lawhorn.

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Raiquan Clark Stars In Debut Of Greater Hartford Pro-Am

Raiquan Clark wanted to make a good impression in his first game in the Greater Hartford Pro-Am Basketball League Friday night.

Clark, a Hillhouse High graduate who will be a junior at LIU Brooklyn in the fall, was impressive in his debut, scoring 26 points and had six rebounds for the Atty. Deron Freeman team in a 119-84 victory over Zach Fam Red Squad at SMSA.

Tobin Carberry had 34 points to lead Atty. Deron Freeman and Ryen Vilmont added 16. Mickell Gladness led Zach Fam Red Squad with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Obi Momah had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

"I always heard about [the league] growing up, so for me to play in it today and to play as well as I played, it's a good feeling," said Clark, a 6 foot 5 inch guard/forward. "I just wanted to come out and play hard. That's how I always start a game, just coming out and playing hard and that's what I did tonight."

In the second game, Cricket Wireless beat Harte Nissan 118-114 in overtime. Doug Heiring had 35 points and Kevin Briggs had a triple-double (12 points, 10 blocks, 10 rebounds).

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In His 18th Pro-Am Season, Roosevelt Lee Still Going Strong

HARTFORD — Over the last two decades, few names have been more synonymous with the Greater Hartford Pro-Am than Roosevelt Lee.

The former New Britain High standout has been a regular on the Pro-Am courts for the past 18 seasons, wowing crowds with his monstrous dunks and high scoring performances — he had 61 and 40 points in back-to-back games in 2014, and he scored 53 two years ago in a win-or-go-home play-in game).

On Wednesday night at the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy, Lee was at it again, scoring 24 points to help lead his team to its first victory of the season. Cambyland (1-1) edged out Harte Nissan (0-1) 91-90 as it continues its quest to return to the Pro-Am final after falling in that game last season.

"We definitely want to get back to the championship, that's our number one goal," Lee said. "I don't know anybody that comes and plays in the Pro-Am that doesn't want to do better than they did the previous year. So this year our goal is to get back [to the final] and win it this year."

Harte Nissan kept things close all game, answering every Cambyland run with one of its own, and even had a shot at the buzzer to win the game. Harte Nissan was led by Tyshon Rogers' 26 points and 11 rebounds and Torrin Child-Harris' 25 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

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At 20 Years, Greater Hartford Pro-Am Still Drawing Players, Crowds

The Greater Hartford Pro-Am started its 20th anniversary season with new uniforms, featuring the city's skyline.

One of those Hartford kids who came out to games in the early years was on the floor again.

"I used to sit in the bleachers with my popcorn," said Mike Anderson, remembering his 10-year-old self, "watching Bobby Moore, Roosevelt Lee. I know times have changed, though."

Moore and Lee are among the veterans still in the league. Anderson, 26, who went to Weaver High, is still chasing the NBA dream, and was nearly close enough to touch it last season, playing with the Developmental League's Greensboro Hornets.

"This is good, especially for the kids," Anderson said after scoring 20 points in Vantage Sportsnet's 126-107 victory over Attorney Deron Freeman in the first game of the new season. "I wish it started earlier in the summer. It's good for the kids to come and watch a couple of pros who come here and play. I just want them to look up to some of us and at least ask us questions after the game. Give them some thoughts that can help them along the way."

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