When a new team joins the league, I ask them before their first game to give me an estimate of how good their team is. After Rob and/or I see them play, we have a good idea of which division they should be in. We had two new teams--MedShield and NOAU--who both told me that they would be pretty good (A-minus or so), so we paired them up against each other. And what a game! After trailing by 13 at the half, former Amphi High players Chris Johnson and Fred Simms led a second-half surge that brought NOAU to within a basket with 25 second left. But then former Catalina Foothills star Austin Nehls sank a big three right before the shot clock expired to give MedShield a 67-62 win. Both squads will be competing against A-level teams this season.
Lights Out 66, Lost Treasures 62 - Lights Out had nine players score in the tight win. Jeremy Rinker had 25 points for the Treasures in a losing effort.
Dawgs 49, The Show 47 - The Show became the fourth team (along with The Hawgs, Just a Game and Lost Treasures) that had won a championship in the Winter season to lose its Summer opener. The Show had eight players score, but none did so in double figures.
Icy Hots 60, The Hawgs 57 -This game pitted the A Champ (The Hawgs) against the A-minus champ (Icy Hots) from last season. In fact, Icy Hots was somewhat dismayed that they hadn't been place in the A playoffs (there are only so many slots available in each division). Well, Icy Hots made their point with a tight three-point win.
Mansfield Ballers 58, Just a Game 54 - The Ballers moved to 2-0 on the season with another close win (they won by two in their opener). Jeffrey Schrantz led the Ballers with 24 points.