The Sixers/Nets team got off to a slow start in game two of the OPSL, and never really woke up, as they dropped Tuesday’s game to the Jazz, 83-68.
Chris Douglas-Roberts was the standout player for the Sixers/Nets (0-2). The only player on the team with more than 6 points in the first half, he had 13 on 5-7 shooting in the first, ending up with a game-high 27. Of course as we all already know, Roberts plays up the TPK for the NJ Nets.
CDR made second team all OPSL last year, averaging 14 points, 3.8 rebounds and just over two assists, and playing this season with the Nets seems to have helped him develop further as he shot over 50% on the night, plus 11-13 at the free throw line.
The Jazz (1-1) were led by 12 points each from rookie point guard Eric Maynor (pictured top left) and ex-Xavier standout Josh Duncan. Despite scoring 83 points Utah had only one other player in double figures, with Kevin Kruger knocking down two of his four three point tries and going 4-7 from the floor to end the game with 10.
On the Sixers side of things, Jrue Holliday (pictured below) made several nice plays, both passing and around the basket, although he committed a pair of unnecessary fouls that sent Jazz point guard Eric Maynor to the free throw line in the last minute of the second quarter. Hopefully he gets all these out of his system before he hits the court in the fall.
Also, Marreese Speights continued to work hard, playing most of the 40-minute game, but his shots were not falling. He was 1-7 in the first half before ending the game with eight points, five blocks, and four rebounds, a far cry from his 28 point, 11 rebound performance Monday.
After facing a nine point halftime deficit, the Sixers/Nets tried to stage a comeback in the third quarter, but the Jazz never gave up the lead. Derrick Brown woke up the Jazz bench, and solidified the Jazz’s momentum, as he slammed the ball down for a pair of big dunks within a minute and a half at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters.
Philadelphia area native Rob Kurz, a graduate of Penn Charter who went on to play at Notre Dame, played 13 minutes, but only had a point and four rebounds.
Kurz said that coming into the OPSL games after time off was tough for players, but that he had prepared for similar experiences last year on Golden State when he was called on to fill significant minutes due to injury in the regular season.
“You have to step up when you’re name is called and work hard every day because you never know when your next opportunity is going to come…it was a really important learning experienced…[the experience with Golden State] taught me a lot about being a professional.”
Philadunkia Notes: Former Temple Star Dionte Christmas played just over 22 minutes, went 3 for 8 from the field (1 for 4 from 3-land) and finished with 7 points and 3 boards. You can read the rest of the PHI / NJ OPSL Game 2 box score here.