The Fall 2019 playoffs got off to a schizophrenic start with several close games, a couple blowouts, and even a weird forfeit. The first game of the day saw The Ruffles slip past DTC, 60-59. The last game of the night had Flashback sneaking past Barrio Benchmen, 61-60. In between those two games was a mishmash of OMG and what the heck?!
STH beat OV B-Squad, 90-50 behind the inside play of Saul Mancinas and the all-around play of Khalil Green. The Hurricanes unleashed a barrage of threes to run away from SW Skins, 68-35. And Bad Dream Team used their height advantage to pull away from The Fam, 58-35.
In much-closer games, The Bullets needed double-overtime to get past KP Ballerz, 69-65. In a thrilling game, Yee Ong (who came to Tucson from Malaysia) grabbed a big rebound, leading to a go-ahead basket by Carlos Felix of Team 706. But there were still a few seconds left for Below The Rim. After a timeout, they got the ball in to Christian Caro, who dribbled around for a while and then, unable to find anybody to pass to, threw up an off-balance shot that banked in at the buzzer.
It was an up-and-down day for Tomas Villa. His Gotem team fell to Lost Treasures, but Geeks used a late run to get past The Regulators, 67-64.
Because of Thanksgiving Weekend (and the possibility of teams not being at full roster strength), there will not be any games this Sunday. The playoffs will resume on December 8th. As is sometimes the case, the availability of court space at the venue during the Holiday season is going to make the playoffs...interesting. We have some teams that can only play late games and, unfortunately, the venue is closing at 7:00 on the 8th for a staff gathering. We'll have most of the semifinal games on the 8th and most of the finals on the 15th. But we may have a couple semifinal games on the 15th and a couple championship games on the 22nd. Thank you for understanding.
Also, I told you that something big is coming next season. We're going to nail down the details and then let you know all about it.