And After All That...

March 14th, 2018

So, last week we discussed the scheduling crunch caused by the proliferation of youth tournaments at the venue. Well, guess what. There's another one this week. I'm told that it will be the last one for a good while, but that doesn't make things any better. We had planned to finish up the regular season on March 25th. Then, after Easter (the venue is closed for Easter, we would have the playoffs on April 8, 15 and 22. Now, we're going to have regular-season games on April 8th, with the playoffs on April 15, 22, and 29.

In the mean time, enjoy Sunday's NCAA Tournament action.

I'll write more later, includes highlights from last week's action. There were some really great games. I have to go to San Manuel right now to coach my track team. Yes, go ahead and laugh: I coach a track team. For a really good laugh, try this: In the past few years, I've coached four State champions in the high jump. And Lord knows I'm not demonstrating the technique myself. 

In last week's action:

Black Mambas 56, Second Squad 55 - This was a nail-biter to the very end. The two teams traded the lead back and forth throughout the second half. With under a minute to go, Second Squad took a two-point lead before Mamba star Freddy Zamora hit a clutch three-pointer for the win.

Elite 54, Below The Rim 48 - In the nightcap game, Below The Rim got off to a slow start but made a great run to climb to within two late in the game. Ryan Schmidt led Below The Rim with 13 points, while Greg Jones led Elite with eight rebounds.

The Process 49, DTC 42 - Sean Campbell went 7-8 from the free-throw line to help The Process hold off a late really by DTC. Oscar Olguin had 17 points for DTC.

Flashback 62, LeBrontourage 58 - In a beautifully played game that went two overtimes, Flashback held off LeBrontourage to tighten the race for the Lucas Division title. Charlie Spector easily earned Player of the Week honors with a 37-point/seven rebound effort. He hit seven threes for LeBrontourage and went 8/8 from the free-throw line.

Hickory 59, HMB 53 - Bob Krygier, the League's ranking metalhead, moved into the lead in the prestigious Free Throw Champion competition, in leading Hickory to its first win of the season. Robert Hetlandoo lead HMB with 20 points.

STH 81, Franchise 73 - Mark Simmons of STH and Christian Hernandez of Franchise canceled each other out with identical and absolutely spectacular 39-point performances in a great game.