Rocky Top League Update: 6/22

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    Kyle Alexander-3The annual Rocky Top League is rolling on at Knoxville Catholic with games going every Monday and Wednesday until the finals on July 1. Check in with for game capsules and updates from some of the current Vols as well.

    June 22:

    Game 1: H3 Sports 119, DeRoyal Industries 105

    The Tennessee freshman duo of Shembari Phillips (34) and Kyle Alexander (21) teamed up for a combined 55 points for DeRoyal, but it was veteran Kevin Punter that out-dueled both of them, piling up a league-high 57 points in a dominant performance that led H3 to the comfortable win. While Punter did have three 3-pointers, he also got to the free-throw line 12 times (somewhat of a RTL rarity) and made 10 of those. He finished the evening an impressive 22 of 34 (64.7%) from the field. Vol freshman Admiral Schofield added 18 points to help H3 pick up its first win.

    Game 2: Knoxville News Sentinel 116, Campus Lights 115

    In what was perhaps one of the most best games of the league so far, the News Sentinel team pulled out one that came down to the closing seconds against Campus Lights. Former Vol Bobby Maze led the way for KNS with 36 points on a very efficient 12 of 18 shooting performance. He got some help from current Vol Devon Baulkman, who wasn’t nearly as efficient – hitting just 9 of 31 from the floor – but who did finish with 29 points. Former Vol JaJuan Smith hit five 3-pointers to add 15 for KNS. Armani Moore showed off his improved shot in the losing effort – connecting on 6 of 12 from 3-point territory on the way to 39 points for the night. UT big man Jabari McGhee added 16 points, while Campus Lights also got contributions from former Vols Cam Tatum (23 points), Melvin Goins (6) and Brandon Lopez (6) in the losing effort. Incoming Vol freshman big man Ray Kasongo wasn’t present for KNS.

    Game 3: Tillman Companies 130, Rice Buick GMC 106 Rice Buick has arguably the most dynamic backcourt in the league with Dre Mathieu (Minnesota), Detrick Mostella (Tennessee) and Dominic Wright (Marquette) along with Vol forward Derek Reese, but it was a big night for Robert Hubbs, who hit several 3-pointers on his way to 23 points, that led Tillman to the comfortable win in a game that was never really close. Tillman used the combination of Hubbs and former Mississippi State guard Jalen Steele to pull away early and played a more team-oriented approach rarely seen in the RTL. Now sitting at 3-0 with a +62 point differential, Tillman is emerging as the team to beat with a couple more nights to play.


    Wednesday Night’s Matchups:

    H3 Sports vs. Rice Buick GMC at 6:00pm.
    Knoxville News Sentinel vs. Tillman Companies at 7:30pm.
    Campus Lights vs. DeRoyal Industries  at 9:00pm.

    For a look at complete rosters for each team, click here.