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UC "Slats" team wins Deveroes Summer League

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Minus Yancy Gates who was at World Games try-outs and Shaq Thomas who's been home this summer, the UC-based Slats team defeated Raeshon Mansoor Law Office in the Deveroes Summer League Championship game 96-80.

As the game turned to a rout, PA announcer (and former Xavier standout) Jamal Walker called for the buzzer with 28.3 seconds left.

I was with the wife and kids, so I wasn't privy to the actual final stats (which you should see posted eventually on www.greatercincinnatisportsworld.com). However, former Bearcat guard Deonta Vaughn was back and had 30 at last check very late in the game.

Slats also led big at halftime 50-38.  The lead stayed around 10-15 and the closest Mansoor got was six (thanks to veteran Paul McMillan who seemingly scored half of their points).

The new guys didn't play much outside of Cheikh Mbodj, who started in the pivot for Yancy Gates.  Not to sound "Archie Bunker-ish", but Cheikh (pronounced Shek) might be the best foreign find this team's had.

Think of every lumbering, tall and somewhat useless body that's been around and that's what Cheikh is not.

I was pleasantly surprised by his aggressiveness, his nose for the ball and his general attitude and shot-changing ability.  He's no offensive whiz, but he does his job and gets points a guy his size should get.

Also helping Slats immensely today was the presence of Xavier's Tu Holloway.  You put Vaughn and Holloway in the same backcourt and that's a pretty tough match-up.

The other recruits present today were Octavius Ellis (who is actually a tad taller than Mbodj and redshirt Kelvin Gaines), Jeremiah Davis and Jermaine Sanders.  Again, your best bets for playing time out of the new crew are Shaq Thomas and Cheikh Mbodj.

Get used to hearing "Shaq and Cheikh" in the next few years.

For a hands-on view, here's Deonta Vaughn.

Onto football now....

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