Before we get started, I have disturbing news. Somebody stole a pair of shoes out of a locker in the boys' bathroom/locker room. This is the second such incident in less than a year. They actually took the time to open every single locker. Here's a note to all of the teams: STOP BRINGING YOUR KNUCKLEHEAD FRIENDS TO THE GYM! I have a pretty good idea when it happened (in the evening) and I also have a good idea as to which team these knuckleheads are affiliated. However, I cannot and will not make an accusation without solid proof. What I will do is this: If those same knuckleheads show up again, I won't insist that they stay seated in the stands at all times. Nor will I have someone monitor them when they leave the gym to go to the bathroom. I will simply kick that entire team out of the league FOREVER.
Incidents like these may prompt the school's administration to conclude that the League is more trouble that it's worth (in gym rental). I will do everything I can to protect the legacy of the League and if that means getting rid of multiple teams that bring along fans of questionable character, I'll do it in a heartbeat. Indeed, the League will be better off for my having done so.
Also, starting with next season, we're going to have a clean-up policy that most teams already adhere to and some teams aren't going to like at all. Let's just say that when it gets to be 10:15 or so at night and I've been in the gym for 14 hours, I don't appreciate having to clean the bleachers, clean behind the benches and then pick up trash in the parking lot. We're going to fix that, even if it means that a couple other teams also get kicked out of the league FOREVER.
Now, as for the first round of the playoffs, we had some amazing games. In chronological order:
Tune Squad 56 - No Flex Zone 43 - This is a rematch of last season's D-VI opener that saw Tune Squad lead the entire game before a last-second shot gave No Flex Zone the win. Tune Squad would have none of it this time, scoring a season-high (for them) 56 points and hitting several key shots down the stretch. They will face Frosty Hesson (a team they beat in the regular season) in the semis, with a shot to reach the championship game.
Deadly Venoms 46, Outlawz 45 - One of the day's big shockers. Outlawz jumped out to an 18-0 lead and led by 21 at the half. Venoms came all the way back. Jamill Fennell hit one of two free throws with no time left to send the game into overtime, then hit one of two in OT for the win.
Eastside All-Stars 72, Ninety-Six 68 - Explosive Nate "Tommy" Williams led the way for Eastside.
Just a Game 35, Purple Nurples 34 - Easily the wildest finish of the night. The Nurples led throughout, but Just a Game wouldn't go away. Nurples still led by four with less than a minute remaining, but two big shots gave Just the lead and Purple Nurples missed on a couple late opportunities to pull it out.
The semi-finals are this week, with the championship games on the 26th. The next season begins on May 3rd.