Donte DiVincenzo probably wasn't too happy with his regular season performance, but he likely took solace in the fact that Team Final cruised through the four sessions to a 14-2 record and an outright regular season championship. The Philly-based team, despite being labeled as undersized and guard-heavy, was one of the most explosive offensive teams to hit the circuit.
DiVincenzo was a solid contributor, posting a line of 8.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.9 SPG before falling victim to a nasty ankle injury during the final session in Minneapolis that put him on crutches. After having to rehab for the better part of six weeks, he'll be looking to put his stamp on the action in North Augusta.
Here's the Team Final schedule:
Thursday, July 17th
9am ET vs. The Travelers (KY)
One of the more memorable games of the regular season, these teams duked it out in double overtime with Team Final emerging victorious 96-95. DiVincenzo went just 1-7 from the field to finish with 5 points and 4 rebounds. He'll need to keep an eye on Vanderbilt-bound sniper Camron Justice, who shot 60% from beyond the arc en route to 23 points last time out.
6pm ET vs. Houston Hoops (TX)
Houston Hoops is shorter on high-major talent than they have been in previous years, but they posted a respectable 10-6 record during the regular season.
Friday, July 18th
12pm ET vs. Mac Irvin Fire (IL)
Jalen Brunson will be up against it when he faces Team Final's backcourt and high-tempo style, but he didn't struggle much during the regular season, averaging 17.2 PPG and 6.9 APG. DiVincenzo has been one of Team Final's best defenders, who it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get some time on a player that could be his future teammate.
9pm ET vs. Howard Pulley (MN)
One of Team Final's two losses during the regular season, it was a rare off night for the entire team as they were destroyed 70-39. DiVincenzo had a particularly rough night, going 0-7 from the field with 3 turnovers, but he did manage to grab 6 boards and dish out 5 assists to salvage the evening.
Saturday, July 19th
12pm ET vs. Oakland Soliders
Widely considered one of, if not the most, talented teams on the circuit, Oakland's strength is in their frontcourt, where consensus 5-stars Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman could present the undersized Team Final some major problems. Rex Pflueger is a threat to fill it up from the perimeter.
The top 8 teams will advance to the final playoffs. After such an impressive regular season, can Team Final keep the momentum going and capture the Peach Jam title?