When determining the playoff pairings, we work hard to put together brackets of teams that are close in ability. Once we have done that, we use their regular-season records to determine the pairings. It would seem logical that games would get tighter as the playoffs progress from one round to the next, but that its not always the case in our league. We often have unbelievably competitive games in the first round and then (sometimes) some stinkers in the semifinals. Also, please note that we don't keep individual stats during the playoffs. People are crazy enough during the playoffs as it is.
This past Sunday's first-round games included a couple blowouts, but also featured some great games that went right down to the wire (and/or into overtime). Among them:
Hickory 54, Rowst Gawds 48 - Even with the return of Prodigal Son Guillermo Bay, Hickory struggled to put away the Gawds. Christian Flores hit several big threes to keep the game close, but Matt Swinford hit a couple shots late to earn the win for Hickory.
Barrio Benchmen 34, Toon Squad 10 - Yes, 10. The Benchmen can play some defense. They face Frosty Hesson in the semis.
RTP 51, More Jumpers 45 - This is another game that went right down to the final buzzer, with RTP's Justin Williams battling the Jumpers' Justin Hatter for Player of the Game honors.
Franchise 54, Dawgs 50 (OT) - This might have been the best game of the entire day. The two teams traded the lead back and forth with neither being able to get more than a five- or six-point lead at any time. Jibran Toledo scored twice inside during the overtime to pace Franchise.
Other scores included:
W.O.B.S. 79, WAR 63
Sunsahine Boys 79, Oro Varsity 48
R.U.B.S.K. 48, G-Sauce 28
Scrap Attack 76, Basil 72
Sonora 62, Game Time 52
BOS 58, Scout Team 35
SWAT 85, DTC 46
Just a Game 56, Gangrene 44
Deadly Venoms 51, Zona 47
Lights Out 72, Second Squad 58
LeBrontourage 59, Blue Coconuts 58 - In a game that was oddly reminiscent of the an excruciating game in the NCAA Tournament, Blue Coconuts trailed LeBrontourage by six with 1:20 left in the game. In that final 80 seconds, LeBrontourage players missed FIVE STRAIGHT front ends of one-and-ones. This allowed the 'Nuts to close to within one point. However, late in the game, LeBrontourage got offensive rebounds on two of their misses and another time, the 'Nuts got the board and then traveled. This loss is going to haunt Blue Coconuts for quite a while.
Fleet 63, TSB 61 - The final game of the night saw a spirited match-up. Early in the regular season, the Treat Street Ballers had shocked Fleet, which had been looking for a rematch all season. After a tight first half, it looked as though Fleet would grab the payback victory. They opened up a 15-point lead behind the outside shooting of Solomon Canastillo and the inside work of Jeff Clark and Mical Kidd. But then TSB came storming back behind the play of Jose Maravilla and Noe Florez. A couple clutch free throws late iced it for Fleet, which will take on The Hawgs in the semis.
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