Sophomore Streak at Six and Counting
It is said that trouble comes in threes. Sophomore sharpshooter Daniel Gibson showed the Rookies just what that means.
Gibson, the combo guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers, drained a record 11 3-pointers in 20 attempts and scored 33 points as the Sophomores again defeated the Rookies, 136-109, for their sixth straight victory in the 2008 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam at New Orleans Arena on Friday night.
Gibson shattered Kyle Korver's Rookie Challenge record of seven 3-pointers set in 2005. He fell three points shy of Amare Stoudemire's 2004 mark for points in the annual showcase and took home MVP honors, joining Zydrunas Ilgauskas (1998) - not LeBron James - as the only Cavaliers to win the award.
Memphis forward Rudy Gay scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting for the Sophomores, who had five players with at least 17 points. They shot 57 percent from the field, including 17-of-32 from the arc. The extra year of experience again was a factor.
"I think it makes a big difference," said reigning Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy of Portland, who tuned up for Sunday's All-Star Game with 17 points and seven assists.
The Rookies hung around for most of the first half but a late spurt by the Sophomores sparked by Gibson opened a 66-52 halftime lead.
The T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam was televised live nationally on TNT and broadcast live on ESPN Radio.
Gibson Gone WildBy John Schuhmann
Boobie likes the long ball.
Boobie especially likes the long ball from the left wing.
And Boobie might just have an allergy to paint.
Daniel "Boobie" Gibson took 20 shots in tonight's T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, all of them from beyond the three point line. He connected on 11 of the bombs for a game-high 33 points, leading the Sophomore squad to their sixth straight Challenge win, a 136-109 victory at New Orleans Arena.
A Different DudeBy Dave McMenamin
Sean Williams doesn’t just march to the beat of a different drummer, he sings to the tune of a different vocalist, strums on the guitar of a different bassist and grooves to the steps of a different dancer, too.
While the lasting headline will be that the sophomores’ winning streak reached six games in Friday’s 136-109 handling of the rookies in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, the rookie who does everything his own way had every aspect of his game on display and provided an excellent sideshow.
2007: Lee Perfect in Sophomores' VictoryDavid Lee hit all 14 of his field-goal attempts for a game-high 30 points as the Sophomore beat the Rookies for the fifth consecutive year, 155-114. Lee, who added 11 rebounds and four assists, took home MVP of the 2007 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. Chris Paul notched rookie-game records of 17 assists and nine steals to go with 16 points. Rudy Gay and Paul Millsap paced the Rookie squad with 22 points apiece.
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2006: Iguodala Emerges as Sophomores Roll in '06Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala notched 24 of his game-high 30 points in the second half as the Sophomores topped the Rookies 106-96 in the 2006 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge in Houston. Iguodala, the game's Most Valuable Player, made 13-of-17 from the field and added six rebounds, four steals and three assists.
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2005: Carmelo Carries Sophomores in '05On his way to MVP honors, hometown favorite Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his game-high 31 points in the second half to power the Sophomores to a 133-106 win over the Rookies.
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