14 Jul Nashville Pro-Am Night 1 Recap
Night one of the 2019 Nashville Pro-Am league tipped off this past Sunday with three exciting games. In game one AC Dentistry overcame a slow start to defeat Team Pinnacle 78-65 behind a huge performance Malik Martin. Martin led all scorers with 17 points, including some big momentum shifting points in the second quarter. AC Dentistry was down 17-12 after one with a lethargic style of play, but Martin would reel off eight points consecutively in the second quarter to give AC Dentistry the boost that they needed to get the victory. “On the first three I was open and I shot it. The second (three) I was open as well. On the put back nobody blocked me out so I just dunked it.” Martin said. Martin, who originally attended USC then transferred to USF and is now a graduate transfer at Tennessee Tech. AC Dentistry had three players in double figure while Team Pinnacle struggled to put the ball in the basket, being outscored 66-48 from the second quarter until the final buzzer.
In the second game, Car Source took control from start to finish against Slim & Huskys with a 75-56 victory. Former MTSU standouts Jaqawn Raymond and Reggie Upshaw with 17 and 12 points respectively. Current Vanderbilt guard Saben Lee also scored in double figures for Car Source with 13 points.
In the final game for opening night was a nail biter between Asurion and Team Cash. Asurion would win by the score of 69-64 with Jaylen Bradford leading all scorers for the night with 28 points. “I just wanted to come out aggressive. Every defender is different, some where playing back, some closer. I just try to pick my spots and keep my eye on the rim.” Bradford said. The rim was big for Bradford as 20 of his 28 came in the first half giving Asurion a 46-36 lead at the half.However, Team Cash would not go away quietly as they had a huge third quarter holding Asurion to just six points in the quarter to take a one point lead heading into the fourth.But Bradford would make some huge buckets and clutch free throws in the 4th to prevail Asurion over Team Cash.There were plenty of highlights to go around in each game, all proving that there is more to come in this years Pro-Am league.
PLAYER OF THE NIGHT – 6/30
Jaylen Bradford – Team Asurion