In a back-and-forth game between two Greater Pittsburgh Independent Basketball League (GPIBL) teams, Pittsburgh Project defeated the JCC 60-51 Monday at the JCC gym.
Jesse Goleman led JCC in scoring with 11 points, followed by teammate Ryan Seiavitch with 10. Pittsburgh Project’s leading scorer shot 19 points.
“I don’t think we played their game as much as we didn’t play our game,” JCC Head Coach Andy Pakler said. “I think that a lot of teams in this league play very similar, and it’s the same formula to beat everybody, and the question is can we complete that formula every time we step onto the court.”
Pittsburgh Project scored eight consecutive points in the first quarter staking itself to a 10-6 lead, but JCC made up part of the deficit and trailed 12-10 going into the second.
JCC took control of the second quarter late, as Seiavitch scored the tying and go ahead points giving his team a 25-23 lead. JCC led at the half 27-26.
But Pittsburgh Project went ahead in the third quarter leading 43-41 by the end of the period.
Pittsburgh Project then went on a six-point run in the fourth quarter taking a 49-41 lead. An animated Pakler then used a timeout, which he spent telling his players what he wanted them to do defensively.
The team responded, pressuring Pittsburgh Project and scoring seven points of its own cutting the lead to one point.
After another timeout, Pittsburgh Project took control of the game, grabbing rebounds and passing the basketball for lay-ups. Pittsburgh Project ran away with the game and emerged victorious after the final buzzer sounded.
Up next for the JCC is a rematch against Career Connections that was rescheduled because of the weather.
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