I'm sorry to report that there will be games in the Tucson Basketball League this Sunday (January 20th). The ever-more-pernicious club volleyball is taking over Tucson this weekend, with hundreds of matches at the Tucson Community Center, our home venue and multiple other sites. We'll return on January 27th.
We had some crazy action this past Sunday. Zeke Odina put on a display of basketball majesty, scoring 37 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in Gotem's 65-55 loss to the Killer 3s. The 3s got 20 points from the guy with the all-time great name of Bubba Govdu and also got double-digit production from Rodd Perkins (15), Logan Padia (14), and Tyler Case (12).
In other games:
--OlSkooFoos 38, Barrio Benchmen 24 - Quinn Hampton scored 15 points to lead the team once known as Tucson Hustle, but now has settled in to something more age-appropriate. Hampton, who won the league's free-throw title a couple season's back, got off to a shaky start this season, going 1-4 from the line.
--The Hawgs 78, STH 68 - Donte Williams scored 29 points and Jon Brogan hit six threes en route to 22 points in The Hawgs' close-fought win over STH. The game was tight throughout with the Hawgs pulling away late for the victory. STH got 17 points each from Marcos Escobar and Jimmy Dominguez.
--Everybody Loves Draymond 57, The Fundamentals 52 - Everybody Loves Draymond (everybody loves that team name!) had four players score in double figures, which is somewhat impressive, seeing as how they only scored 57 points as a team. Davi Spencer had 14, David Slagle and Michael Vogel had 13 each, and JT Stefanik had 10 for the winners.
Kareem Abdul JaBallers 86, Really Big Team 42 - This is one of the rare blowouts of the season so far. I just had to mention it because it marked the debut of another team with a great name. Big Team was missing a couple of their top players and was led by Zach Hibbs' 26 points. The JaBallers were led by Jared Boone, who had a spectacular league debut, scoring 36 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.