Last Friday night, the Vancouver Volcanoes returned to their home gym to take on the number one seed Team Green. IBL star Andre Murray returned to play for the Volcanoes, and led his team in both points and assists, scoring 44 and handing out 9 assists. Alex Scales made his Portland Pro-Am debut on Friday, scoring 33 points for Team Green, while Tyrone White Jr. had a double double with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Team Green trailed by two at the half, but they played hard in the second half, taking home the win with a final score of 131 - 128.
Saturday showcased a close matchup between Terrence Ross' Huskies and AC Green's Team Green. Scales came though for Team Green once again, scoring 45, with help from Nick Green who had another double double, with 34 points and 21 rebounds. The Huskies were led by Terrell Mack, who scored 43 points and 14 rebounds, while shooting at 58% from the field. Team Green was down by 10 at the half, but managed to fight their way to victory, adding another win to their record with a final score of 145 - 142.
Saturday's final game was a face off between the Beaverton Soldiers and Team Takeover. Mac Hopson scored 28 for Team Takeover, who lead for the first three quarters of the game. Shawn Malloy and Bobby Evans combined 55 points and 33 rebounds for the Soldiers, leading them to a 121 - 119 win over Team Takeover.
Player of the Week - Alex Scales
Alex Scales is a former University of Oregon forward who averaged 15.3 points and 5.1 rebounds during his time at U of O. In 2000, Scales was honored as a first team all Pac-10 player. After graduating, Scales took his talents overseas where he played for teams all over the world, most recently Lebanon, Turkey, and Puerto Rico.
Scales spent one season in the NBA, for the San Antonio Spurs, before continuing on his career overseas. "My favorite was Greece, we had great staff, coach and a nice team where we qualified for Euroleague, all the guys were good guys and the country was beautiful. We went to the semi-finals and I was top 10 in scoring that year in Euroleague." Scales explained about his time spent overseas.
Team Green Coach Fred Jones brought in his former Duck teammate, as Jones saw it as an opportunity for Scales to keep playing during his overseas off-season. Scales was a huge asset to Team Green, averaging 39 points in last weekends games hitting critical shots to win their game Friday in Vancouver in-front of the Volcanoes home crowd. "I was actually discovered by University of Oregon at a Pro-Am in Chicago when I was going to Junior College, back then there weren’t rules about how college players participated and it got me the look I needed." Scales reflected on his previous experience playing in Pro-Am leagues.
“Everyone (on Team Green) is versatile, guys talk to each other, get each other the ball, share the ball, our team is not focused on trying to get points, it is team ball whoever has the hot hand to get the win. I know we will continue to play that way and bring home a championship. At the end of the day you need some ducks to win a championship,” Scales commented when asked about playing on Beaver alumni AC Green’s team.
Don't miss out on the action this weekend as Alex Scales and the number one seed Team Green compete for the title of Portland Pro-Am Champions.
Portland Pro-Am Playoffs
The Portland Pro-Am Playoffs begin this Friday, starting with a play in game at 7 PM with Terrence Jones' Team Takeover versus Terrence Ross' Huskies, which will be quite the match up for a Friday night in Rip City.
Saturday's 4 PM game will feature the second seed team, the Beaverton Soldiers and the third seed Vancouver Volcanoes. The 4 PM game will be a tough match up, on and off the court, as coach Garrity and Coach Hunter have a rivalry from putting up shots at shoot 360, to the Pro-Am community game. The Soldiers will have a couple of former Volcanoes on their roster including IBL MVP All Star Chehales Tapscott, who is returning to the court fresh off a playoff run in the QBL Australia. This top 10 scorer from the BJ-League this fall is sure to put up some numbers. On the other side of the court, the Volcanoes are stacked with overseas talent from Garrett Sim to EJ Singler.
All Stars and award winners for the inaugural season will be awarded in between the 4 PM and 6 PM games on Saturday.
Saturday's final game will tip-off at 6 PM with AC Green's Team Green versus the winners of Friday night's play in game. Team Green has finished off the regular season with a record of 9 - 2, losing only two games to the Soldiers. Team Green is led by players including Chris Johnson, Nick Green, Jordan Railey and Alex Scales. Nick Green finished the season with 10 double-doubles, averaging 22.6 points and 19 rebounds.This week's player of the week, Alex Scales wrapped up the season with 39 points and 4 rebounds.
The playoffs will wrap up with the championship game on Sunday at 5 PM. featuring the winner from Soldiers vs Volcanoes on Saturday and Team Green vs the play in winner. You won't want to miss out on this weekend of high intensity basketball!