The championship games for the Summer 2016 season had a little bit of everything--nail-biters, blowouts, and even an incredibly rare forfeit. In our top division, Naco's Tiger's and The Hawgs put on an exhibition of hard-nosed basketball that went right down to the wire. The Tigers put the clamps on the The Hawgs in the first half, holding the defending champs to only 18 points in grabbing a 10-point halftime lead. The Hawgs started chipping away at the lead in the second half and finally drew even with four minutes to go. The Tigers went back up by four, but then Donte Williams hit a big three to make it a one-point game. Sterling Schuller came right back with a three for the Tigers, but then Ed Aguirre hit a three for The Hawgs. As in many tight games, it came down to free throws and The Hawgs very uncharacteristically missed six of them in the second half, allowing the Tigers to hold on for a 56-52 victory.
In other games:
WAR 75, Just a Game 54 - WAR came out and looked like they had been put in the wrong bracket. They were jacking threes from all over the court and everything was falling. Meanwhile, Just a Game couldn't get anything going offensively and suffered one of their biggest losses in years.
Dawgs 41, Sunshine Boys 38 - Another game that went down to the final seconds. The Dawgs actually jumped out to a double-digit lead before Richard Hammond and Pat Phanthavong hit multiple threes to draw the game even with two minutes to go. The Dawgs, who had gone ice cold, suddenly hit back-to-back, soul-crushing threes to put the game away.
still got it 62, We Dem Boyz 55 - Aaron Anderson provided the inside punch and League MVP Junior Hackworth scored from outside to help still got it to a hard-fought seven-point victory. L.J. Turner and Davon Roebuck kept the game close throughout with their outside shooting, but a thunderous dunk by Anderson sealed the deal late.
Scrap Attack 57, Sour Patch Kids 50 - Ageless Sean Roebuck and pesky Johnny Williams scored just enough to help Scrap Attack hold off Sour Patch Kids. Josh Mattison and Kevin "Hacksaw" Harris controlled the boards for the winners.
Franchise 64, DTC 30 - This was one of those weird games where one team couldn't hit and the other team couldn't miss. As longtime TBL ref and player Michael "Stew" Steward would say, "Sometimes it just be's like that."
Frosty Hesson won by forfeit over Flying Squirrels - The Squirrels, perennial title contenders, got hit by a perfect storm of players going out of town, illness, and family obligations. Only four players showed up for the game and it was a forfeit win for Frosty.
Please watch this space in the next couple of days. We have BIG, BIG news coming that will take the league to exciting new heights (even if you didn't believe that such a thing was possible). There will be no games this (Labor Day) weekend, but when we start back up, it's going to be amazing. I promise.