Former Clemson recruit Cashmere Wright recorded 16 of his 19 points in the second half to lead Hoop Planet from the state of Georgia past the Gauchos, 65-62, in a first round pool game in the 17 and under Super Showcase in the silver category.
In a game delayed by 20 minutes due to a traffic accident on I4 (Hoop Planet bus got caught in this problem), the Gauchos jumped out to a 14-11 advantage. Though there was a tendency by many of the players to go one-on-one, New York still managed to keep to hold a 29-26 halftime lead. Russell Smith had eight points in the half for the Gauchos.
Wright started to get untracked in the third quarter. He helped his team forge a 42-42 heading into the fourth quarter. Wright and teammate Tony Mitchell (being looked at by several division one programs in the deep South) were just too much for the Gauchos defense. Mitchell finished the game with 23 points.
The Gauchos still clawed their way back and had a chance to tie the game. After calling a timeout with one second left, the Gauchos were unable to get off a shot near the midcourt line on the inbound pass.
Smith finished with 15 points, including three three-pointers. Trevon Hamlet was especially special in the final two quarters of play. His workman like attitude helped him to 18 points, most of these points came in the final 16 minutes of play. The Loughlin forward has been very impressive while playing here at the Wide World of Sports complex.
But the results were disappointing for the Gauchos. They still have two pool games to play, one tonight and another tomorrow. Then the playoffs being tomorrow night here inside the Milk House.