As mentioned last week, we had 19 games with no forfeits and the majority of the games had single-digit margins. Well, this week, we only had 15 games because several teams had members that were out of town for the holiday weekend. Nevertheless, we had 15 games with NO FORFEITS and the first three games of the day had final scores of 47-46, 50-49, and 44-43. That's just crazy! And, if anything, the penultimate (next-to-last) game of the night was the wildest. It pitted Revenge of the Dreamers against Power. The two teams battled back and forth throughout the game, with neither taking a lead of more than six points. With one minute left in the game, the Dreamers held a one-point lead. Power's Brandon Caro drove to the basket and hit a tough, off-balance shot. Seconds later, Dennis Boyd put the Dreamers back on top. Over the next 20 seconds, the two traded baskets again. With 10 seconds left, Power scored again to go up one. The Dreamers then hit a ridiculous shot with four seconds left. Power called a time-out but failed to get a shot off at the buzzer. Amazing finish to a great game.
In other games:
--Frosty Hesson 47, Shoot Your Shot 46 - Brandon Stout hit six threes, scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Shot, but his squad fell just short at the buzzer.
--Hickory 50, Sunshine Boys 49 - In a strange quirk, six members of Hickory grabbed seven rebounds each in the one-point win. Matt Swinford had 14 points and Bob Kreiger had 10 for the winners.
--Medshield 81, GGTM 72 - This was an explosive game, with both teams going on scoring streaks. Dalton Groenewald led MedShield with 25 points and nine boards. Malcolm Millner and Fred Simms combined for 40 points and 16 rebounds for GGTM.
--Squad 63, Hawgs 55 - In the past, with an eye on the upcoming playoffs, we have been really happy when we would have four or five really-good "A" level teams. This season may be the most-bountiful in the 31-year history of the Tucson Basketball League. Defending "A' League champs The Hawgs dropped their second regular-season game, this time losing to new team (and undefeated) Squad. The Hawgs trailed by one at the half and by three with 90 seconds left, but couldn't get over the hump. Squad members went 10-13 from the free-throw line down the stretch to pull out the win.
So, right now, we have four teams (The Hawgs, LeBrontourage, Flashback, and Icy Hots) that have won titles recently. Add to that the powerful (and undefeated) STH team and three super-good newcomers (GGTM, MedShield, and Squad). This is going to make for a hellacious playoff.
One quick note: The venue is hosting a big tournament on July 21st, so we will only have a few night games on that date. This week's schedule will be packed and should be up by early Wednesday.