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Kelly Posts Strong Showing at NC Pro-Am
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/14/2011
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Junior Ryan Kelly
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DURHAM, N.C. - Week two of the Greater N.C. Pro-Am kicked off this week with multiple Blue Devils in action. Miles Plumlee, Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry along with newcomers Austin Rivers, Quinn Cook, Marshall Plumlee and Michael Gbinije have represented Duke this week.

McDougald Gymnasium was filled to the rafters Tuesday night as Quinn Cook and the Plumlee brothers' 751 squad took on John Wall and Triangle Gastroenterology. The game remained closely contested as Miles Plumlee recorded a team-high eight first half points for 751. The Plumlee brothers showed strong interior play, each pitching in 10 points on the evening.

As the game entered its final minutes Cook, a McDonald's All-American looked sharp. He succeeded in using a variety of moves to finish in traffic, including a six-point spurt to tie the game up with 42 seconds remaining. With Julius Hodge running the point for 751, Cook saw the majority of his time playing off the ball, where he recorded 14 points on the night.

Triangle Gastroenterology sealed a 73-71 win as Wall, a Pro-Am veteran, sunk a free throw with .9 seconds left on the clock.

Wednesday, on the campus of North Carolina Central, the highlight game of the evening was when Kelly, Curry, Rivers and Gbinije took the floor for Team Hendrick to face off against Team McGladrey. Each Blue Devil turned in a solid performance on the night.

The star of Wednesday's contest was Kelly, a rising junior, who poured in 19 points to go along with seven rebounds. It was clear that Kelly's post game was on a different level against Team McGladrey as the 6-11 big man finished in a variety ways. Kelly earned his 19 points with a combination of put-back dunks, interior post moves and outside jumpers: showing the development in his game over the past two years.

Rivers, the main attraction for many fans, continued his impressive offensive performance by contributing 15 points to Team Hendrick's 84-73 win. Rivers displayed his range last night by sinking two contested threes from well beyond the arch and flashed a quick first step with several impressive drives into the lane.

Curry knocked down a pair of deep three-pointers as well while getting fouled on another long range attempt. He finished the night with nine points. Gbinije also tallied nine points on a series of slashing layups and dunks, including a thunderous jam in the second half that sent a pair of defenders sprawling to the floor. He also produced another highlight reel play when he came out of nowhere to reject a dunk attempt by a taller Team McGladrey opponent.

Week two of the N.C. Pro-Am finishes up tonight as multiple Blue Devils are slated to take the court.