Even without rebounding stud Gabe Reyes, Just a Game put together a solid effort to hold off a late charge by Zona. Eddie Andrade poured in 22 points on six threes to pace Just a Game. Lalo Ramos, Oscar Valdez and Peter Ramos combined for 28 points and 24 rebounds in the victory. Zona got balanced scoring from Sergio Carranza, Derek Haner and Vinzent Hueso, but fell just short.
Eastside All-Stars, a new team whose members asked to be given stiff competition, has apparently been granted its collective wish. The Stars fell to 0-5 on the season after a 60-57 loss to Icy Hots. The Stars had four players in double figures, led by Marquez Price's 19 points, but it wasn't enough to break into the win column. Matt Gipson had 24 points for Icy Hots.
JAK, this season's hard-luck team, fell to 1-3 after a heartbreaking 50-48 loss to Illuminati. Dylan Johnson and Paul Young combined for 38 points for the winners. JAK has lost to three of the top teams in the league--Illuminati, Heroes, and Hawgs--by a combined 15 points.
Fleet overcame a six-point halftime deficit to roar past Outlawz, 56-47. The Outlawz held the lead for 33 of the 36 minutes, but faded down the stretch. Fleet shot a dismal 11-24 from the free-throw line, but Jeff Clark's 15 points and 14 rebounds carried the day.
Finally, the other day, somebody e-mailed me and asked if they could get in the League like now. I explained that they can join the next league in May (if we have room). Along those lines, one team put itself at the top of the Get The Hell Out of My League and Don't Come Back list with a ridiculous emotional meltdown by one of its players during a game. For those who aren't sure where the lines are, I offer this primer (that word rhymes with HIM-er):
These things are okay:
--"Tom, you missed that call."
--"Junior, he hit my hand on that shot."
--"Rob, your biceps are blocking my view of the basket."
What's not okay is calling us cheaters, questioning our integrity, claiming that we actually care who wins, calling us a "joke", and/or talking about my mama (may she rest in peace). Most of you are grown-ass men. Get control of your emotions and act like it.