In a season that began the first Sunday in May, we finally had our Summer 2018 championship games the second Sunday in September.. This was, by far, the longest season we've ever had. It was due to the venue having the floors replaced. It was a long slog, one that tried the patience of some (many) of you, but we got through it and now it's on to the Fall League. For those who signed up to play again in the Fall, we appreciate your patience and loyalty. For those who didn't, we understand your frustration.
It is an odd thing (one that I've mentioned before) that, in the playoffs, we tend to have super-tight games in the first round, then not so much as the playoffs progress. In the eight division championship games on Sunday, we only had one game that was decided on the final possession, no overtime games, and a couple blowouts. Weird.
One note: The floors on the north side of the building still aren't complete, so we won't be up to a full schedule this Sunday. We're going to have to start on Sunday to get all the games (and the playoffs) in by Christmas time. The floors should be done by September 30th and then it's full speed ahead. We have always wanted this to be the best league in Southern Arizona. We promise to do our very best to make this upcoming season a special one. The League will be safe, competitive and fun.
Sunday's championship results:
Lights Out 65, Ballin' 51 - Darryl Ball controlled the boards and Roderick Brown controlled the tempo as Lights Out rolled to a convincing win.
Zona 57, DTC 51 - Derek Haner hit a couple big threes down the stretch to give Zona the title in their division.
Hawgs 70, LeBrontourage 66 - Former Amphi teammates Fred Simms (of the Hawgs) and Dom Banks (of LeBrontourage) staged an individual battle that mirrored the tight nature of this A League championship game. Ageless wonder Donte Williams provided plenty of fireworks himself as The Hawgs scratched out a 10-point lead and then hung on for the win.
The Regulators 50, KP Ballerz 36 - The Regulators used a strong inside gamer and tough defense to grab this division championship.
Hey Arnold! 76, Game Time 46 - This game was close until it wasn't. Such is the nature of the explosive offensive tendencies of the Arnold! crew. These guys run and run and run, often getting easy breakaway layups after the opposing team has struggled to score on their end. Rob pointed out that Arnold! had to have had 20 breakaway layups during the game.
Really Big Team 48, Top Ballers 42 - This game went right down to the wire with both squads hitting big shots.
The Other Guys 62, Just a Game 56 - The absolutely incredible Roland Ramon--a playground legend--hit multiple long-range threes to power The Other Guys to the win.
Tucson Hustle 57, Geeks 56 - The only real squeaker of the day. After Hustle opened a big lead, Tomas Villa hit several big threes to bring the Geeks back. The two teams traded baskets down the stretch, with Hustle just barely holding on for the win.