Sometimes, somebody just comes out of nowhere and goes off. Such was the case for Johnathan (or Jonathan, depending on which team he has signed up with) Bayardo on Sunday. The quiet, unassuming Tucson High grad has been a solid player the past couple seasons, but in the game against the powerful Fleet squad, he exploded for 50 points, hitting 13 three-pointers, many of them from well beyond NBA range. His Mitchell Gordon (variant spelling) team was without their leading scorer, Bruno Lopez, who is something of a vagabond. One week Bruno is tossing in eight or nine threes in the league; the next week, he's playing softball in New Mexico. Fleet was at full strength and was getting scoring from Jeff Clark, Sam Okougbo, and David "Guero" Paredes. But they couldn't shake Gordon, finally holding on for a very-entertaining 90-81 victory.
Bayardo's 13 threes make him only the fourth player in the 31-year history of the Tucson Basketball League to hit more than 12 threes in a game. Jon Brogan, who currently plays for The Hawgs, is the all-time three-point shooter in the league and is far ahead of everybody else. He once hit a ridiculous 28 threes in a game and hit 20 of them in another game. Kent Senzee, also of The Hawgs, likewise hit 20 threes in a game. For his efforts, Bayardo is this week's Player of the Week.
In other games:
--Flashback 64, Hey Arnold! 57 - Clas Lara tossed in 23 points to lead Flashback to the win. Hey Arnold! was playing without leading scorer Drew Harris, but got a solid 25-point/7-rebound effort from Jeff Juan in the loss.
--The Regulators 60, Glass Monkeys 56 - Jose Barrera scored nine points but pulled down 15 big rebounds for The Regulators. Josh Davidson had 17 and nine for the winners. The Monkeys were led by Chris Mardel and Ryan Gruenhagen, who each scored 14 points.
Just a Game 52, Barrio Benchmen 49 - The last game of the night was perhaps the most exciting. The Benchmen held a slim 25-23 lead at the half and the two teams went back and forth throughout the second half. Lalo Ramos had seven points and 11 rebounds in the win. Tyler Ross scored 18 for the Benchmen.
--Elite 64, DTC 49 - Marcel Heath had a season-high 36 points for DTC, but it wasn't enough to overcome a strong effort by Elite. L.J. Turner, who never gets any love, had a double-double (25 and 11) for Elite.
The stats are updated and will be posted tonight. I do the updating (a task that is boring as all hell), but my Ivy League-educated engineer daughter has to do the posting. I'm just not good enough at Excel to complete that particular task. A quick note: In addition to the other things that I do (my wife says that I have 10 mini-jobs that add up to half-a-career), I am now the athletic director (as well as the girls basketball coach) at Immaculate Heart High School. It is incredibly time-consuming. I had tried to go through my entire life without ever having had a real job, but, being an industrial-strength Catholic, when the nuns asked me to do it, I couldn't find a way to say no.
I am also in charge of the Boyd Baker Tournament next week, a small-school basketball extravaganza that features 25 teams, with games being played at four different sites. It has been a challenge and my keeping up with the stats for this league has suffered. I apologize and will try to do better in the future. Thank you.