Basketball Finders, led by former UConn guard Tyrese Martin, defeated Team Rumph Center 72-70 in the opening game of the 18th annual Danny Rumph Classic. Martin took home Player of the Game, scoring 17 points on 70 percent shooting from the field, including 50 percent from three.
Basketball Finders held a 20-point lead at one point, but allowed Rumph Center to claw back into the game before closing out the victory.
“It’s a game of runs,” Martin said. “We knew what we had to do at the end of the game to close it out.”
Martin started the second half hot, scoring all ten of his second-half points in the third quarter.
The Allentown native began his high school career at William Allen before transferring to Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia. He committed to Rhode Island in 2018 before following his head coach Dan Hurley to UConn in 2020.
During his two years at UConn, Martin averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game.
In 2022, Martin was selected 51st overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Draft.
However, Martin would spend Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks averaging 13 points and six rebounds over five games. He continued his professional career for Atlanta’s G-league affiliate, the College Park Skyhawks, averaging 18 points and nine rebounds.
Martin appeared in 16 games for the Hawks last season.