Review of Round 1 of Lopez Cup
Lopez Cup Day 1
Immortals de Cibao - Santiago Max 87-69
The most crucial game of the last round saw the Brandon Hill roll pass Brandon Hill 87-69. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Team Brandon Hill was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Import center Sterling Manley (213-F/C-1998, college: UNC) nailed 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and forward Tay Hall (197-F-2003, college: Gulf Coast CC) accounted for 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Dominican forward Angel Rivas was the spark the Brandon Hill needed with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Dominican forward Jhoan Pena (195-SF-1994) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Team Brandon Hill in the defeat.
Brandon Hill: S.Manley 20+12reb+2ast, T.Hall 16+10reb+3ast, A.Rivas 10+6reb+2ast, M.Hall 14+5reb+2ast
Brandon Hill: J.Pena 15+8reb+2ast, C.Figueroa 11+3reb+4ast
Zona Norte Mambas RD - Santiago Basket Titanes Dorado 80-64
Quite upsetting was Team Brandon Hill defeat in a game versus Zona Norte 80-64. Mambas shot 23 for 33 from the free-throw line, while Titans only scored seven points from the stripe. Dominican guard Victor Torres (189-SG-1995) fired 20 points for the winners. Titans' coach used a eight-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American Elafayette Stone (208-C-1998, college: Claflin) produced 15 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist and point guard Brandon Hill (185-G-1987, college: Potomac St.) added 10 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Mambas: V.Torres 20+5reb+5ast, J. Ventura 14+5reb+2ast
Titans: E.Stone 15+8reb+2ast, B.Hill 10+8ast