In tonight’s SlamBall action the Wrath used a strong second half to top Ozone, 64-37, in the main event to win the evening. The Wrath had beaten the Rumble 65-55 and the Ozone had edged the Lava, 60-56, to earn spots in the night’s final matchup.
Sunday’s play begins at 3 p.m., with the Buzzsaw taking on the Gryphons followed by the MOB and Slashers, live on ESPN+.
SLAMBALL GAME SUMMARIES – JULY 22, 2023
Game 1 – Wrath 65, Rumble 55
In one of the most entertaining games of the young season, the Rumble had no answer for the Wrath’s Ty McGee (Littleton, Colo.), who set a SlamBall single-game scoring record with 43 points in his team’s 65-55 victory. McGee eclipsed the old record of 42 points, held by Stanley “Shakes” Fletcher, the current head coach of the Slashers. McGee, who accounted for his team’s first 22 points, was accurate on 16 of 22 shots with 11 dunks. McGee’s herculean effort helped make up for the absence of Christian Gray and Trey Landers, who were both sidelined by injuries. The Rumble’s Kaylon Tippins-Hill (Fort Worth, Tex.) went shot-for-shot with McGee early in the contest and finished with a team-high 20 points. The Rumble fell to 0-2 on the season.
Game 2 – Ozone 60, Lava 56
The Ozone, who tallied just 34 points in their season-opening loss, got their offense on track Saturday, posting a 60-56 victory over the Lava. The Lava made things interesting but suffered their second straight loss by five or fewer points. Keith McGee (Rochester, N.Y.) got hot late and led the Ozone with 18 points, while LaQuavius Cotton (Cleveland, Miss.) added 14 and Marcus Gray (Jeffersonville, Ind.) contributed 13. Once again, Bryce Moragne (Tampa, Fla.) starred in a losing effort, registering a game-high 26 points, including seven dunks.
Main Event – Wrath 64, Ozone 37
The injury-riddled Wrath showed their resilience in the Main Event, sailing to a 64-37 victory over the Ozone. Already missing Christian Gray and Trey Landers, the Wrath watched Ty McGee (Littleton, Colo.), who set a single-game scoring record in the first game of the evening, exit with an injury late in the first half. At that point, the Ozone led 26-25. Despite missing McGee, who had 14 first-half points, the Wrath outscored the Ozone 26-8 in the third quarter. Darion Slade (Winston-Salem, N.C.) stepped up in McGee’s absence with a game-high 16 points. Nick Parks (Lithonia, Ga.), who did not score in the Wrath’s first three games, supplied 13 points off the bench.