SEATTLE- Eighth-seeded BrandBlack took home the Seattle Pro-Am title, as they defeated second-seeded Ball is Life on championship Sunday. BrandBlack took home its third consecutive Seattle Pro-Am championship in a row with its 115-112 victory.
Jamal Crawford (Las Angeles Clippers, Michigan) delivered 35 points for BrandBlack. Crawford showed why his Twitter handle is @JCrossover, as he was breaking ankles left and right in the game and over the entire course of the 2016 Seattle Pro-Am season. Other key contributors for BrandBlack included Terrence Williams (Louisville) who added 24 points, followed by Chris Johnson who had 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Ball is Life carried a 59-57 lead at halftime and an eight-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t finish and avoid the upset. Top 100 high school small forward and Gonzaga commit Corey Kispert (Kings High School) led Ball is Life with 39 points, followed by Nahshon George (Idaho) who dropped a double-double (29 points, 11 rebounds). Kadeem Stewart (Vancouver Island University) finished with 15 assists. Ball is Life suffered its first and only loss this season.
Before BrandBlack and Ball is Life faced one another in the championship game, they had to both get past tough opponents in the semi-finals on Saturday. Ball is Life started things off this weekend facing Ball Don’t Stop. The game was never completely out of reach for Ball Don’t Stop which trailed throughout, but they couldn’t get on a big run to avoid Ball is Life’s 102-95 victory .
Rashaad Powell (Idaho) led the way for Ball is Life with 31 points, followed by Matt Nelson’s (Boise State) 17 points. On the other side of the ball, Dominique Williams (Central Washington) led his squad with 32 points and 7 three-pointers.
BrandBlack got the job done on Saturday against the fourth-seeded Vikings 111-108. Chris Johnson stepped up for BrandBlack, accumulating 33 points and 17 rebounds. Rob Harris (Western Washington) added 31 points and 10 assists. Crawford is the face behind the Seattle Pro-Am and a big reason why his team won the tournament, but he decided to take a step back in this game, seeing the court for just 19 seconds against the Vikings during the semi-final matchup.
The Vikings hung tough the entire game, which had a total of 21 lead changes and 16 ties. Paul Hafford (Portland State) lit it up from the three-point line with 7 three-pointers and finished with 40 points. Nick Moore (Evergreen State) dropped 23 points, followed by Tyler Amaya (Western Washington) who finished with a triple-double (11 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) in his final game of the Seattle Pro-Am season.
This weekend marks the final round of Seattle Pro-Am games in an exciting 2016 season. BrandBlack will look to win their fourth consecutive title next summer.
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Author Kylie Magar, is a School of Journalism student at the University of Missouri