Sunday, July 16, 2006

ProCity Notebook: Shipp Sizzles, Mata Sighting

By Bruin Basketball Report

In a Nike Procity League game Saturday, Josh Shipp showed how tough an offensive force he will be next season for the UCLA Bruins.

Shipp scored 18 points on 8 of 13 shooting for Hanks CTS in a losing cause against the Franchise Boys, 77-76.

The UCLA forward displayed a variety of offensive moves, hitting his first shot of the game from just inside the three-point line, and then displayed NBA-level moves, getting into the paint while taking hits from defenders but still managing to finish.

Down 42-29 at halftime, Shipp and fellow UCLA teammate Alfred Aboya brought their team back tying the contest midway through the third quarter.

Aboya scored 6 point and grabbed 5 rebounds. Spending most of his time on the court setting hard screens for teammates and chasing down loose balls, all his scores came off rebounds or broken plays.

UCLA's Michael Roll, playing for the Franchise Boys, had an effective game scoring 10 points on 3 of 6 shooting off the bench.

Roll still has difficulty creating his own shot when guarded on the perimeter, and was more effective moving without the ball and getting his baskets off cuts.

Center Lorenzo Mata, who is also on the Franchise Boys roster, warmed up with the team before the game but did not play.

Mata is still rehabilitating from his June knee surgery and is still walking with a slight limp. He plans to start playing for his summer league team in the next couple of weeks.



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