Please take the time to wish Junior a fond farewell. He's moving to California, which is like death except you still get paid and can still drive a car around. He's been reffing and playing for years (he's the defending League MVP) and he will be sorely missed. These are his final two weeks with the TBL.
Oro Varsity used a balanced scoring attack, with all seven players getting in the book in a 55-49 win over Sour Patch Kids. Gabe Fronzaglio scored 25 points and had 18 rebounds in a losing effort. (See Player of the Week.)
Purple Nurples got back to their winning ways with a 65-62 win over We Dem Boyz. After suffering a one-point loss to Just a Game last week, the Nurples rode a 26 point/12 rebound effort by Aaron Anderson for the win.
In other games:
Blue Coconuts 62, Scrap Attack 55 - Zach Jones had a double-double (21 and 11) to lead the Coconuts.
A-Pack 79, W.O.B.S. 66 - Kris Bracamonte and Marco Cruz combined for 49 points for W.O.B.S., but it wasn't enough to overcome A-Pack's scoring balance.
Lights Out 89, More Jumpers 65 - Jakari Nealy (22 and 11) and Oscar Medina (19 and 11) both had double-doubles in Lights Out's big win.
The schedule will depart from the norm over the next couple weeks. The facility has a tournament this coming weekend and we can't get on the court(s) until 3:00. So we'll go 3:00 - 9:00 on two courts. Then, next weekend, we have another limited slate to basically make the two half-days add up to one full day. It was either that or take one day off completely and then have this monstrously over-full day the next week. We'll be back to normal on November 6th.
The regular season wraps up on November 20th. We'll then take November 27th (Thanksgiving Weekend) off and start the single-elimination playoffs on December 4th. The Winter 2017 season will begin January 8th.
Back when we were at the old place, we had so many games to get in on the one court that we would start at 8:00 a.m. and finish up at 10:00 p.m. It was a problem because we had a slew of forfeits in the 8:00 games. It's probably not surprising considering that it was 8:00 in the morning on a Sunday (following Saturday night). One of the many great things about our new location is that we don't have to have 8:00 games. Unfortunately, now we're having forfeits during the 9:00 a.m. hour. This has to stop! I would start the day at 10:00 a.m., but I'm not sure that would make a significant difference. I know that stuff happens and teams might have a forfeit every now and then. But if a team forfeits twice in a season, they won't be in the playoffs and won't be invited back for next season.
Overall, we're having a great season. Let's finish strong. Thanks.