CTC Adult League: Season 1 Semifinals

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#2 Next Level 74, #3 Patriots 72

Mr. Do-Everything did it all for Next Level (4-4) as Griffin Markwith hit a miraculous game-winner at the buzzer to stun the Patriots (2-6) and send Next Level to the CTC Championship. Back and forth the entire game, at the half the Patriots led 38-36 as Tre Arnold and James Williams scored 14 apiece in the opening stanza. Next Level held Williams scoreless in the second half but Arnold had a field day, finishing with 25 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. TJ Choat caught fire as well, hitting four threes in the half and scoring 16 of his 21 points in the final 22 minutes. Tied at 72, the Patriots had the ball late and tried to hold for the last shot but relentless defensive pressure from Josh Zinser forced a turnover and gave the ball back to Next Level with just 0.9 seconds left to play.

On the ensuing possession, Doug Rhodes, who came up big with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists inbounded to a cutting Markwith who flipped up an off-balance one-handed heave that banked in to win the game. Markwith finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Dewayne Lynch added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists while Jeff Cox collected 11 points and 5 rebounds. Zinser chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds.


#1 MVP 92, #4 CTC 77

Five out of MVP’s six players all reached double figures as they cruised to the CTC Championship game and kept their undefeated record in tact at 8-0. Brian Dunn had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks while Shon Rutledge posted 18 points and 9 rebounds in MVP’s paint domination. Brian Rutledge scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Brian Murray hit four of MVP’s 11 threes to finish with 16 points. CTC (2-6) saw Jalen Clark finish with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Chris Brown drilled five threes en route to 21 points and 5 rebounds. Wayne Brown Jr. added on 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal.

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