Action closed out on Saturday at the 60th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Roger Brown’s defeated Portsmouth Sports Club to capture the tournament championship. Despite playing for the losing team, Norfolk State’s Kyle O’Quinn received tournament MVP honors. Portsmouth Partnership defeated Cherry, Bekaert & Holland to win the tournament’s third place trophy.
Mike Duman 88, K&D Rounds Landscaping 78 – 12:00 pm
Kyle Weems (Missouri State) led Mike Duman, finishing with 20 points on the game. Julian Mavunga (Miami OH) was also critical in the game with 14 points and 14 rebounds, as was T.J. Robinson (Long Beach State) who added 16 points off the bench. The team’s two leading scorers entering the game, Kim English (Missouri) and Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh) combined to score 24 total points. Both players were critical in facilitating the offense, combining for 13 assists as well.
Rakim Sanders (Fairfield) led the losing team with 26 points and 7 rebounds in the game. Sanders had a solid tournament for K&D Landscaping, averaging 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in the three tournament games. He is undersized at the forward position at 6’5” (especially at power forward, which he played in college) and will need to be able to make the transition to the perimeter at the next level.
Norfolk Sports Club 88, Sales System Ltd 71 – 2:00 pm
Augustus Gilchrist (South Florida) finished the tournament with a 19-point, 21 rebound performance to lead the Norfolk Sports Club to the win. He averaged 13.0 points and 16.7 rebounds per game in the tournament and proved to be an intriguing prospect for pro scouts. Although not highly athletic, he has NBA size at 6’10” (7’2” wingspan) and raised some eyebrows with his activity on the glass. Mitchell Watt (Buffalo) also impressed with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Sales System Ltd was led in scoring by Jet Chang who finished with 20 points in the loss.
Portsmouth Partnership 78, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland 75 – 6:00 pm
Despite battling injuries Portsmouth Partnership captured third place with the victory. Forward Yancy Gates (Cincinnati) did not play due to a slight shoulder injury. JaMychal Green (Alabama) left the game in the second half due to injury. He did not return but did finish with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jordan Theodore (Seton Hall) battled cramps but had an excellent floor game, finishing with 13 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds and three steals. Bradford Burgess (VCU) snapped out of his slump and led Portsmouth Partnership with 19 points.
Roger Brown’s 92, Portsmouth Sports Club 87 – 8:00 pm
Garrett Stutz (Wichita State) led Roger Brown’s with 20 points and also finished with 8 rebounds. Wesley Witherspoon (Memphis) continued his all-around play finishing with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. Ricardo Ratliffe (Missouri) was also critical adding 16 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle O’Quinn finished with 8 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks for Portsmouth Sports Club and was named the Tournament MVP. Henry Sims (Georgetown) led the team in scoring, finishing with 19 points to go along with his 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.
My All-PIT team:
Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State) – Although a controversial selection as MVP, he averaged 11.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks in the tournament.
Garrett Stutz (Wichita State) – 14.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game
Augustus Gilchrist (South Florida) – 13.0 points and 16.7 rebounds per game
Kim English (Missouri) – 18.3 points per game; one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the field
Jordan Theodore (Seton Hall) – 13.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds per game; also added 5 steals in the tournament
Wesley Witherspoon (Memphis) – 12.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists per game; also added 5 blocks and 5 steals in the three tournament games