By: Matthew Ryan
In the first game of the 17th annual Danny Rumph Classic, Competitive Training Company opened things up with a 66-62 victory over Pierre Forte Workouts.
Player of the game: Jermaine Samuels @J_Swizz23 pic.twitter.com/7zCEUzNebQ
— Rumph Classic (@RumphClassic) August 4, 2022
CTC started the game off hot, getting out to a 28-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, and led by double digits for the majority until PF Workouts made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter.
PF Workouts trimmed CTC’s lead to two with two minutes remaining following a technical foul called on 2014 MVP and now CTC head coach Reggie Reading. But in the closing minutes, CTC pulled away.
Former Villanova forward Jermaine Samuels took home Player of the Game honors, scoring a team-high 14 points while making his presence felt on the glass. Two other former Wildcats, James Bell (13 points) and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (12), had strong performances for CTC.
Fatts Russell, who graduated from Imhotep and went on to play Rhode Island and Maryland, scored 11 points and delivered some dimes, especially in the first quarter. Former Penn and California guard Ryan Betley had nine points on three 3s.
Denver Nuggets guard Davon Reed suited up for PF Workouts and scored 15 points, also blocking numerous shots. JaQuan Newton had a game-high 16 points for PF Workouts, and Phillip Lawrence-Ricks scored nine points.