Just two weeks after the Forfeit Storm brought on by the confluence of record heat, Father's Day and Game 7 of the NBA Finals, we face another iffy slate of games this coming weekend. (There are usually only two or three such weekends each year; it's rare that two would be this close together.) If we had fewer teams (like maybe half as many), we could probably take the Fourth of July Weekend off. But we don't, so we can't. Accordingly, this is the plan for this Sunday:
--If you forfeit without having given me prior notice, you will lose the opportunity to play your next game.
--If you know that you will not have enough players on Sunday, please let me know no later than Thursday noon so that I can put another team in your spot. If you do that, you will not lose another game opportunity down the road.
--I will have one of my scorekeepers text the "captains" of all of the teams that are scheduled to play on Sunday to make sure that they read this message.
--As for how I will choose the teams that move into the vacated slots on Sunday, I will go in alphabetical order of the teams that are scheduled to have a bye. If, by chance, we get to a point where there are not enough teams willing/able to play on Sunday, we'll shorten up the schedule.
It's not horrible if you can't make it on the Fourth of July Weekend. People make plans. But please let me know so we can keep the disruptions to a minimum. Fortunately, this will be the last weird weekend of the summer. (This league season is over before Labor Day Weekend.)
We returned to a full forfeit-free slate of games Sunday and we had some killer games. In what looked like it was going to be a blowout, Blue Coconuts faced defending A-League champion The Hawgs without the Coconuts' top player, Zach Jones. But Sean Arrington played a spectacular game for the Blue squad in a game that went down to the wire. Arrington had 33 points on five threes and a dizzying assortment of moves in the lane and around the basket. Paul Choi had four threes and Andy Sonnek added three of the long shots, but they fell just short, 73-71. Junior Hackworth led The Hawgs with 22 points on five threes.
In other games:
W.O.B.S. 62, Lights Out 61 (OT) - In a wild shootout, W.O.B.S. held on for a crazy 62-61 win on overtime. Kris Bracamonte led the winners with 21 points, while Zaveonte Upshur led Lights Out with 23.
R.T.P. 43, G-Sauce 29 - The grossly named Recycled Toilet Paper squad picked up their first win of the season with a come-from-behind win over G-Sauce. Nick Gaiser just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds for the winners.
LeBrontourage 60, Sour Patch Kids 54 - Randy Koch had 20 points and 19 rebounds for LeBrontourage. Fred Cox had a double-double (11 and 10) and Joey Murphy had 15 points for the Kids.
Super Heroes 65, Diego's Team 53 - Kris Herman had 31 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Heroes to a win.
A-Pack 56, still got it 53 - David Ramirez had 20 points and 12 boards to lead A-Pack. Steve Wolsfeld had 13 points and 18 rebounds in a losing effort.
Dawgs 60, Sunshine Boys 54 - The Game of the Week lived up to the hype with a seesaw battle. Sergio Carranza led the Dawgs with 23 points.