Classic Contests Keep Things Fresh

October 31st, 2018

Hey, it's already November (tomorrow)! Tempus fugit (that's Latin for "time flies"). And the second word is pronounced fyoo-jit, with the fyoo rhyming with "view." Please don't pronounce it in your head to where it sorta' rhymes with bucket.

Anyway, we're in the stretch run of the regular season with the playoffs looming in December. It's going to be great.

I've said this before (and I hope I have cause to say it again in the future). People ask me why I still do this after 30 years. It's certainly not for profit, because we don't make a profit. (Some seasons, we don't even break even.) It's just fun being in the gym. Most people get along really well, and then, every now and then (sometimes, if we're lucky, once or twice a week) we have these killer games. And it doesn't have to be against two "A" teams. It can be the Lawyers vs. the Engineers in an Over-40 contest where both teams just play their collective butts off and it goes down to the wire.

This week, I had the profound pleasure of reffing the Scrap Attack - Hawgs game, a monster showdown to which we could have charged admission and made some serious bank. Up and down the court, 26 made threes, great passes, savage dunks. The Hawgs held a 35-34 lead at the half in an exhilarating display of basketball. And then, somehow, things got even better. Scrap Attack went on a 14-0 run, only to have The Hawgs answer with a 16-2 run of their own. In the final five minutes, the two teams traded spectacular basket and spectacular basket. Just crazy good stuff. 

All-Everything Donte Williams led the Hawgs with 41 points. Fred Sims chipped in 16 and Jon Brogan hit six threes and 18 points for the winners. Scrap Attack had five players in double figures, led by Kevin "Hacksaw" Harris, who battled The Hawgs' Marcus Campbell for inside domination. Harris finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds. He was joined by Dominique Banks with 19 points, Chris Erickson with 13, 12 from Joey Murphy and 11 from Sean Roebuck.

Even when the game seemed to have been decided, there were more fireworks. The Hawgs had eked out a four-point lead with just seconds remaining and they had the ball out of bounds under the Scrap basket. An errant inbounds pass was picked off by Dominique Banks, who hit a crazy, falling-out-of-bounds , high-arcing, three-pointer at the buzzer to make the final score Hawgs 81, Scrap Attack 80. The two teams had played to a 46-46 tie in the second half.

In other games:

--Tucson Red Men 62, Rim Rattlers 54 - The Red Men (hey, don't call the ACLU; they named themselves) got 26 points from Steven Velasco and, after building a 13-point lead at the half, held on for the win. Kyle Coburn led the Rattlers with 18 points.

--INGWE 62, Lights Out - INGWE's Charles Orido has been campaigning for a tougher schedule and, apparently, he knows what he's talking about. His team improved to 5-0 on the season with an impressive win over Lights Out. Charles had 12 points and seven boards in the win.

--Franchise 76, Gotem 74 - The night closed on a high note, with Franchise and Gotem doing their best Hawgs-Scrap Attack imitation. Jibran Toledo and Marco Escobar each had 23 points in the win, while Gotem got 30 points and 11 boards from Zeke Odina.