William Hatcher (right, green shirt) sets a screen for Kelvin Torbert during a game Sunday in the Moneyball Summer Pro-Am in Lansing. Hatcher scored 53 points in the game, the top scoring game this summer. (Photo: Patrick Hayes)
Fans of Flint basketball who haven’t made a weekend trip over Lansing to catch a game or two in the Moneyball Summer Pro-Am are missing out. The league features college and professional talent from all over the state, including most of the current Michigan State roster, but this year, there has also been a large influx of Flint’s best products. In fact, two of the six rosters are nearly full of Flint players. Here are some of the Flint guys you can see playing: Charlie Bell, Kelvin Torbert, Lamar Rice, Greg Burks, Desmond Young, William Hatcher, Kevin Tiggs, Marcus Skinner, JuJuan Cooley, Corey Santee, Mike Martin, Marquise Gray, Janon Cole, LaMarcus Lowe and Thad McFadden.
This weekend, Hatcher, a Carman-Ainsworth grad, stole the show in Sunday’s game. Hatcher set the Moneyball single game high this summer by scoring 53 points against the Young Guns team. Hatcher out-dueled the opposing team’s point guard, Nate Duhon, who plays at Lansing Community College, and scored 30 in the game. Hatcher hit the game winner with less than two seconds left. His 53 bested the 45 points scored by Mt. Pleasant grad and current Central Michigan standout Trey Zeigler in a game Saturday.
There are still two more weekends left in the pro-am. Next week is the regular season finale and the playoffs are the following weekend. Admission is free, although as a non-profit organization, they accept donations. Schedules, rosters and details are here. — Patrick Hayes