Greivis Vasquez in Summer League Action

Greivis Vasquez in Summer League Action

The D.C. Jammers, led by Terrapins incoming freshman Greivis Vasquez, dropped a close game Saturday in Kenner League action to Myers & Alterman, 75-74. Vasquez scored 16 points on 6-14 shooting and 3-6 from three, including the game tying three-pointer with just under 15 seconds left in the second half. He also contributed 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Jammers jumped out to an early 13-0 advantage and lead 46-35 at halftime. Myers & Alterman slowly chipped away at the lead in the second half behind the play of Folarin Campbell (George Mason). Down 74-71 late, the Jammers had the ball under the basket and Vasquez was summoned from the bench. He got the ball at the top of the arc, pump-faked, took a step to his right, and drained the three to tie the game.

However, it was not enough, as Campbell was fouled with 1.4 seconds left and made one of two free throws to seal the game.

"At the end we suffered the consequence—we didn't play hard," Vasquez said. "And I blame it on myself because I'm playing the point and you're supposed to control the game."

In a league where a lot of the game is played in transition, Vasquez showed the ability to run the break and set up his teammates. And when the numbers weren't there, he pulled back and ran the offense. Many expect him to bring something to the table that Maryland sorely lacked last year, an instinctual ball-handler and a floor general.

Vasquez is using his time in the Kenner League to work on his overall game and get some experience as he enters his first year at Maryland.

When asked what he hopes to improve this summer, Vasquez said, "My quickness, I got to get quick, and so I'll be working on that. Basically be more consistent, play good every single game, that's my goal because my team is going to need me next year. Even if I'm coming from the bench or if I start I got my mind set on whatever. I just got to help my team no matter what."

Vasquez is enrolled in the second summer session at Maryland which started on July 17. He is living in the dorms and rooms with fellow incoming freshman Eric Hayes.

"It's so much fun, you know, when you're a basketball player and you go to Maryland," said Vasquez on his first week on campus. "And they believe in you already, they expect something from you, they want you to do good. In my case, I don't want to be just a good basketball player, I want to be a good person and also want to be a good student. And when you bring that to your teammates they're probably going to follow you and they're going to become a better person, a better basketball player, and that's when you win games."

Note: James Gist and Gini Chukura, who are both listed on the Jammers roster, were not at the game Saturday.

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