We have been informed that there is yet another youth tournament at the facility this week, thereby wreaking havoc with our schedule. I had a schedule where every single team in the league was playing this week. Now, only a handful will. As I have mentioned, this particular season will complete our first year at this facility. We are leaning as we go. We now know, for example, that they have a very-oddly timed volleyball tournament right before Christmas. And they have all these youth things during June. Now that we are an established client and tenant, we will use whatever leverage we have to try to see to it that this does not happen next summer. Our goal will be to have at least one court going all day during these youth tournaments (and a couple at night). That should cut way back on the number of byes.
We've been having some great games these past couple weeks. Among the highlights:
--Just a Game 87, still got it 83 - Gabe Reyes, Lalo Ramos and Oscar Valdez combined for 67 points in the win. Plasying for still got this summer is Chaz Mack. Some of you may remember him as hanging around the league back at Green Fields and coming for math and physics tutoring. He's now at national power Cochise College and coming off a wrist injury that caused him to redshirt last season. He had 24 points in a losing effort.
Nothing But Net 57, Second Squad 54 - One of the first casualties of basketball in a league such as ours is free-throw shooting. Most teams land somewhere between bad and awful in that category. Not so in this game. Nothing But Net won largely because Cristian Anaya and Bruno Lopez combined to go 14-16 from the line (87.5%). Their whole team shot just under 80%. As for Second Squad, they went an okay 11-16 from the line (68%).
Flabajuti 52, Icy Hots 49 - Speaking of free throws, Mark Meredith went a snazzy 9-10 from the line and scored 34 points, but it wasn't quite enough as Icy Hots lost a close one. Flabajuti had four players in double figures, led by Justin Hardesty's 15 points.
Toon Squad 44, G-Sauce 43 - Scott Jenks had 15 points and eight rebounds to pace Toon Squad in a thriller.
DTC 46, Scout Team 45 - This game had multiple lead changes until DTC finally pulled it out in overtime.
Hey Arnold! 97, Past Our Prime 79 - David Cordova hit nine threes and tossed in 49 points to lead Hey Arnold! to a shootout win. Past Our Prime actually held a 52-48 lead at the half and was led by Carlos Urcadez, who scored 33 points.
Fleet 79, Scrap Attack 63 - Jeff Clark had a double-double (22 and 11) to lead Fleet, which pulled away late to break open a close game. Kevin "Hacksaw" Harris had 23 and 9 for Scrap Attack.
Elite 55, Suicide Squad 54 - In the final game of the night, Brian Contreras hit a long three at the buzzer to lift Elite to the victory.
One other note: I have finally put in all the names into the rosters and have finished inputting the stats. My daughter, Darlene, does the final step of putting the things online. But she has been at an Engineers Conference in San Diego, where she was the main speaker. And if you don't think traffic engineers know how to have fun...well, you're probably right. But she'll be back soon and then the stats will be up.
One other note: Rob had to kick some guy out the other day for acting a fool. While I used to make a joke about appealing to the League Commissioner, please know that what Rob says, goes. We used to think that the heat in the Green Fields gym brought out the worst in people, but in our current, air-conditioned venue, there is no excuse for being a jerk. Take that lame stuff outside.
6:00 Blue Coconuts - Nothing But Net
7:00 Suicide Squad - Flashback
8:00 BOS - Black Mambas
6:00 Hey Arnold! - Wolves
7:00 Flying Squirrels - Oro Varsity
8:00 Toon Squad - Barrio Benchmen
6:00 Vipers - Izzy's Squad
7:00 Scorch Kittens -Sunshine Boys
8:00 Ninety-Six - Young Dawgs