Thursday, July 31, 2008

VEGAS: Team Detroit

Team Detroit managed to find some help for Mr. Trey Zeigler in Las Vegas. Most notably in point guards Vonn Jones and Dedo Jackson and rebounders Will Overton and Demetrius Butler. With Jones and Jackson able to help take some of the ball handling duties off of Zeigler's shoulders it allowed the 6-4 phenom to put his focus on scoring....and boy oh boy did Trey score!

Team Detroit played in four tough games while in the Nevada desert and fought there way to a 2-2 record. Every game could have turned out differently because all of the outcomes were in single digits.

The team's first game was a 69-63 win over Midwest Mission from Missouri. A pair of free throws from both Zeigler and Jackson gave Team Detroit a 35-31 lead at halftime, after trailing for a majority of the first half. In the second half both Zeigler and Martell Anderson were able to find some easy baskets as the Michigan fellas built a lead that got to as high as 17 points. Team Detroit took the foot off the gas pedal too early as Midwest Mission fought back to get within single digits. Clutch free throws down the stretch kept Midwest at a distance allowing Team Detroit to start off 1-0.

In the second game of pool play, Team Detroit saw their first loss as they let one slip away against the Carolina Raptors 68-60. The game was tied going into the final five minutes but some bad shot selections and unforced errors allowed the Raptors to get the win. The Raptors went on to win the pool.

Team Detroit was able to bounce back in the final pool game against Team Blue Chip out of California. The 70-64 win allowed Detroit to finish 2nd in their pool and advance to the Adidas Super 64 Championship Bracket (top division).

In the first round of bracket play they quickly became the underdog as they drew Team Philly. Philly jumped out quick but could never get any kind of separation, as Team Detroit hung tough. A pair of Vonn Jones 3-pointers in the first half kept the lead around 5 points.

Although Philly had the lead, they had no answer for Zeigler! Trey scored every way imaginable, as he put on a show in front of the 30 some college coaches in attendance that included schools like Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, Michigan, and UCLA.

A second half Jackson drive and kick-out resulted in a Zeigler 3-pointer from the corner and also tied the game with seven minutes to go. The following trip down the floor Zeigler got a 15-footer to fall giving Team Detroit their first lead of the game. Team Philly fired back with a 6-0 run that turned out to be good enough to secure the win. Zeigler finished the game with 44 points.

In the four games in Vegas Zeigler finished with a 30.5 scoring average.

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