Saturday, August 12, 2006

ProCity Notebook: Roll and Mata Lead Team To Finals

By Bruin Basketball Report

UCLA's Michael Roll scored 20 points to help lead his Hank's Franchise Boys to a 113-86 runaway victory over the Warriors to advance to the finals of the Nike ProCity Say No League.

Roll hit 7 of 12 from the field including 3 of 3 from beyond the three-point arc.

In addition to shooting well from the perimeter, Roll continued to work on attacking the basket from the wing. Although he still needs to improve his ballhandling, with his added bulk from workouts this summer, he is finishing much stronger at the rim than last season.

With Lorenzo Mata anchoring the defense, Hank's Franchise Boys controlled the interior play throughout the game. Mata had two blocks, changed a number of shots, and took two charges which sent him spiraling onto the floor.

Just another night on the job in the blue-collar world of Lorenzo Mata.

Mata also scored 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds during the contest.

Hank's Franchise Boys will need both Mata and Roll to perform at their top levels again when they meet Hank's Team in the championship.

In the night cap game, Hank's Team earned their slot in the finals when they defeated a Shipp-less Hank's CTS squad by the score of 86-79.

Bruin Josh Shipp was on a scheduled vacation and did not play in the semifinal; and his team certainly missed their top scorer in this game

Without Shipp, most of the scoring responsibilities fall on the shoulders of San Diego St.'s Brandon Health and Oregon St.'s Marcel Jones, the two just didn't have enough to get their squad past a very athletic and physical Hank's Team.

UCLA Bruin Alfred Aboya, playing for the CTS squad, had a scary moment in the second half of the game. Aboya received a pass inside and was shoved hard out of bounds while he was in mid-air. He got up slowly and gingerly made his way to the foul line; however fortunately, Aboya felt well enough to stay in for the remainder of the game

In attendance this evening watching the action were Bruins Arron Afflalo, Ryan Wright, and newcomer Nikola Dragovic. Also watching from the CTS bench was former Bruin Dijon Thompson.

The championship game takes place tomorrow at 6:00PM. Check the league's website for updates.



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