Cesar Solis Goes Off in Gotem Victory

February 20th, 2018

Gotem's Cesar Solis, who played at Tohono O'Odham Community College, had a career night in the Tucson Basketball League, pouring in 10 three-pointers en route to a 38-point, seven rebound effort against Elite. The game was close throughout, as Greg Jones and Brian Contreras hit multiple big shots to keep Elite in the contest. 

Fred Cox had a big night for M, hitting 22 points on four threes. M has emerged as a powerful team behind the triumvirate of Mich Caraway, Willie Caraway, and Hasan Tucker. They will be making noise in the top-division playoffs.

Rick Ellis, who is probably over the age of 30, pulled down 10 rebounds in Frosty Hesson's 54-43 win over G-Sauce. But Ellis's effort was overshadowed by teammates Mark Welshans and Lonnie Lee, who both had double-doubles in the victory. Welshans had 18 and 10, while Lee had 18 and 13.

Cool Arrows got 16 points from Spencer Grijalva to remain unbeaten in the Peyton Division. This season's divisions are named for characters in the schmaltzy teen drama "One Tree Hill," which, peripherally, was about basketball. I've never seen it, but the girls on my basketball team think it's groovy. Or something.

Speaking of my girls, as many of you know, we only had five kids on the team this year. (They're the five girls who do the scoreboards--Catie, Grace, Therese, Emily, and Sarah.) It makes for a cute story, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Every game is like walking a tightrope. We got to the conference championship game and lost by one in overtime. Somehow, we dropped four spots in the Power Points and got matched up against a Navajo powerhouse, Rock Point, that was in the State Championship game last year and returned their entire team. Rock Point was averaging nearly 60 points a game this season, but my girls held them to 13 in the first half. We led 20-13 at the break. They caught us in the third quarter, but then we regained the lead. In the fourth quarter, the combination of playing at a mile-high elevation on a college-length court, having no subs and the fact that Rock Point is freakin' good! did us in. But the girls played great; they really did. (The next day, Rock Point beat the No. 1 seed in the tournament and is back in the Final Four. Just by odd coincidence, the team they are playing is Baboquivari, the team that beat us by one in OT for the Conference championship. Sometimes, the Gods of Basketball can be real buttholes.)

One final note. I've been lax in a couple things. The standings are up and the stats are done and will be posted soon. I put the stats into the computer but I don't know how to post them. That requires skills beyond my scope as a Nuclear Engineer. They'll be up soon. But I've been having trouble with the schedule. For one thing, the venue has blackout days that we have to work around. Another factor is that several teams want certain days off (several teams have guys who will be spending the weekend of March 9 -11 in Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament). Mostly, I've just been putting it off. I promise I will finish it tonight. I'll stay up all night, binge-watching the first season of "One Tree Hill" if I have to, and I'll get it done. Thanks.