Every now and then, I feel compelled to remind some people why we gather at the gym. It is not to get a week's worth of frustration out of your system in one hour. It is not to talk crap like you heard some loser do at the park. We're just here to play some ball, hang with your homies, and have some fun. Ninety-eight percent of all the teams and individual players understand that; a few don't. As I have demonstrated over the years, I have no problem whatsoever getting rid of knucklehead players and/or teams. I have a waiting list of teams that numbers in the double digits. But please know that even if I had no new teams trying to get in the league, I would still dump a team in a heartbeat if they weren't living up to the standards of decorum that we expect. And getting rid of a bad-acting team is actually good for the league and in the best interest of all the other teams that do things the right way. It's a matter of addition by subtraction.
Even more importantly, Rob and Junior are like brothers to me and I hold then in incredibly high esteem. You mess with them, you won't do it for long in my gym. I tell you this because last night, one team was giving Junior a hard time to the point where Junior stopped the game and sent the team(s) home. I honestly didn't hear what they were saying, but Junior and the scorekeepers did and it was uncalled for. I have contacted the captain of that team and told him that each and every member of his team will apologize to Junior and IF he accepts their apologies, they will remain in the league, but on an incredibly short leash. If they mess up again--even in the slightest--they're gone and I will issue a pro-rated refund that they'll receive sometime before the end of this calendar year.
I really hate to go into this stuff because the vast majority of people do the right thing. I sincerely expect everybody to do the right thing. And if they don't, I will.
As for last week's action, Los Compas put up a battle, but eventually fell to the defending A League champions, Fleet. Los Compas make the trip up from Nogales to play in the league and last week's 7:00 p.m. starting time proved difficult for some of the team members (they usually play at 8 or 9 at night). Playing with just five players (about half their squad), the fell behind 31-19 at the half. When the rest of their squad showed up at halftime, they made a nice run, but still fell short. Mical Kidd led Fleet with 19 points and six rebounds. I'm tempted to schedule another game between these two teams. (We have so many teams, we never have duplications during the regular season, but I'm willing to make an exception.)
In other games:
We Dem Boyz 69, A-Pack 57 - L.J. Turner hit five threes in the first half (but just four twos in the second half) to lead We Dem Boyz. David Ramirez had 22 points (including 20 in the second half) for A-Pack.
Tune Squad 58, Frosty Hesson 23 - In one of the stranger games in recent weeks, Tune Squad exploded for a season-high 58 points in the win over Frosty Hesson. Scott Jenks led the winners with 21 points. Frosty Hesson got of dozens of shots, but were ice cold from the field. They did, howqever, shoot a decent 6-10 from the free-throw line.
Sour Patch Kids 82, still got it 66 - Sour Patch Kids, notorious for their long-range shooting, poured in 17 three-pointers in the win over still got it. All six members of the Kids squad hit at least one three, with Jeremy Rinker hitting five of them and Ashraf Alfatesh tossing in four. Junior Hackworth led the losing team with 26 points, including 6-6 from the line.
R.U.B.S.K. 55, Rowst Gawds 40 - Nick Valenzuela had 15 points and 16 rebounds to pace R.U.B.S.K. Do you realize what a pain it was to type in R.U.B.S.K. before I realized that I could just hit "Caps Lock" and then do it? And I've been typing stuff for a living for more than 30 years.
FndF 67, Hey Arnold! 64 - In a mild upset, FndF built a huge first-half lead, gave it away, then clawed back in front in the closing minutes for an exciting three-point victory over the defending D-II champs, Hey Arnold! Hey Arnold! hit 11 threes, but they needed 12.
Scrap Attack 73, Zona 49 - Johnny Williams and Hacksaw Harris combined for 40 points and 18 rebounds to lead Scrap Attack. Thomas Garcia has put together an all-new Zona squad, one that looks to have a promising future once I put them in the proper division.
The initial standings and stats of the season will appear after this week's games.