Peoria All-Stars Fend Off Late Run From Philly Dimes


By: Patrick Ronan | @pk_ronan

Philly Dimes Nearly Complete The First Elam Ending Comeback

It was a tale of two halves between Peoria All-Stars and Philly Dimes in Game 2 of the Jamboree.

A back-and-forth first half resulted in a 41-35 lead for Philly at the break, but a 23-4 run from Peoria to open the second half put the All-Stars ahead 58-45 with 10 minutes to play.

The Dimes refused to go away quietly and cut the lead all the way down to 62-59 with five minutes left. Peoria was able to push their lead back to seven points at the start of the Elam Ending, which almost provided it’s first comeback upset.

Philly battled hard to slowly cut away at Peoria’s lead. A pair of free throws cut the Peoria lead to 71-70 with a target score of 73 just a possession away from both teams.

Just two points away from advancing, Peoria shooting guard Quentin Richards drove strong to the hoop, changed direction with a spinning pivot and finished through a foul to seal the 73-70 win for Peoria.

Lawrence Alexander’s game-high 19 points led the way for Peoria.  Five of Peoria’s six scorers finished the game with double-digit points, including Brett Bisping’s double-double of 15 points (6-12 FG) and 12 rebounds.

Philly really struggled from behind the arc, connecting on just 5-27 shots (18.5%). Derrick Rivera matched Alexander’s gam-high 19 points, but was just 5-15 from the field. Likewise, Rasheim Wright added 18 points for the Dimes, but was just 6-19 from the field.

Earl Brown Jr. proved to be Philly’s most efficient player – finishing with 12 points (3-6 FG) and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Peoria All-Stars moves on to play the winner of Reach 1 Teach 1 and Gotham City Golden Knights tomorrow at 11 a.m. on WatchESPN.

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