GBSL 2016 Must Watch Games

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With the 2016 Global Basketball Summer League in the books there are certainly a lot of stats and information to sift through to properly evaluate all of the talent that took the floor during the six day event. Twenty-four games were played over two sessions with a crop of talent with various levels of experience at the collegiate and professional level participating. To watch all of the games in their entirety check out the Global Basketball TV Youtube Channel.

With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of five games that you should definitely make sure you get the chance to watch. I based my list on the individual and team matchups involved, how competitive the game was, and the significance of the game.

5: Finland Select vs. Poinstreak (Session B Day 1)

This wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing contest to say the least, but Finland Select and Head Coach Mikko Larkas came back from a 13 point halftime deficit to slug out a 74-70 victory. Finland Select’s Devin Martin had an impressive 23 point showing in the come-from-behind win. Point streak almost mounted a comeback of their own late in the 4th quarter, but a controversial no-call helped seal the deal for the team in white.

4: Pointstreak vs. Nevada Desert Storm (Session A Day 3)

This game did not have any championship implications but it was a fun-filled offensive shootout. Nevada Desert Storm’s 109-99 win does not do any justice to how close of a game it was until the last minute. Former NCAA Dunk Champion Doug Anderson carried Pointstreak in the 1st half, scoring 18 of his 20 points early on. Anderson, along with Raymond Jarrett III and Devin Martin, kept their team in it against a potent Desert Storm offense that averaged 106 points per game.

That said, the Desert Storm attack proved to be too potent, as the Lacy Haddock (26 points) and Jamaal Smith (19 points 7 assists) backcourt got the job done. As close as the game was at times, one team shot 56% from the field, while the other shot 43%. Guess which one came out on top?

3: Team Oceania vs. D Las Vegas (Session A Championship Game)

This one wasn’t close, but it was the type of dominant championship performance that you just can’t help but watch. D Las Vegas and head coach Ricky Cleveland George cruised in a 84-67 rout of Tim Fanning’s Team Oceania. Session A Co-MVP Sterling Smith took control of this one, putting up a statline of 25 points (9-13 FG), 16 rebounds, and 6 assists. Aside from Smith’s domination, Cleveland-George’s team played outstanding defense, and moved the ball extremely well. With how in synch D Las Vegas was, it’s hard to imagine that the guys just started playing together three days prior to this game.

2: Finland Select vs. D Las Vegas (Session B Third Place Game)

Unlike their first game of Session B, Finland Select had the task of maintaining a big lead in this one. They let the lead slip, but ultimately prevailed 93-91 over Lewis Lofton’s D Las Vegas squad. Both teams shot pretty evenly, both teams had balanced scoring attacks, and both teams provided a few highlight reel plays. After Finland Select got up early in the 1st quarter and D Las Vegas stormed back in the second quarter, it was back and forth the rest of the way. Finland Select’s Myles Coleman was the only player to crack 20 points in this one, scoring 21 on 8-14 shooting.

1: Windsor Express vs. Southern Stars (Session B Championship Game)

This selection wasn’t even remotely close. I could write a novel on how spectacular this one was to watch. In short, it had everything you’d want out of a basketball game. Windsor Express and coach Scott Newman pulled out a 98-94 overtime victory. The end of the 4th quarter and overtime was so spectacular it warranted its own video!

Session B Co-MVPs Jesse Morgan (Southern Stars) and Jalen Robinson (Windsor Express) went head to head in this one and made it clear why they were deserving of their respective awards. Morgan dropped 29 points in the loss while Robinson had a monster 27 point 21 rebound contest. The man of the hour was Troy Norris of Windsor Express, who hit the go-ahead overtime three with under a minute remaining. The two best teams of the tournament matched up in this game, and needless to say they did not disappoint.

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