In one of the stranger games of the season, the Underdogs won a game against DTC, a game in which the winning team held the lead for exactly zero seconds on the game clock. DTC got off to a quick start in the game. Led by Gabe Reyes and Gustavo Molina, DTC led 36-25 at the half. The Underdogs battled back in the second half behind David Nguyen's five three-pointers. They finally caught DTC with a couple minutes left in the game, but George Mejia hit one of his four threes to push DTC back in front. With the score tied again and the clocking ticking down, Jon Romero drove to the basket and was fouled right at the buzzer. He went to the line with 0:00 on the clock and sank two free throws for the win. So, technically, The Underdogs won a game in which they never held the lead.
In other games:
--Ben Simmons' Jumper 46, Black Mambas 44 - Niko Fowlan had a double-double (13 and 10) to lead Ben Simmons' Jumper to a two-point win. It was a two-point margin at the half and a two-point margin at game's end.
--Rattlers 64, Team UGLY 52 - Kaylon Lippins scored 24 points, many of them on thundering dunks, to lead the Rattlers to a top-division victory of Team UGLY. Fred Simms chipped in with 22 points, while L.J. Turner led UGLY with 15 points.
--The Hawgs 58, Fleet 53 - These two teams have combined to win well over 20 League championships over the past decade and matched up in another barnburner on Sunday. Mical Kidd led Fleet with a double-double (19 and 13), helping to keep the two teams within five points of each other throughout the entire second half. But Donte Williams had another monster game for The Hawgs, pouring in 36 points, including a stellar 14-16 from the free-throw line.
--Big Steppahs 46, Scout Team 43 - The Steppahs used a strong second half to erase a four-point halftime deficit in their come-from behind win over Scout Team. The Steppahs are 5-1 on the season and tied for first in their Division with Dad Bods. Those two teams will play each other next week for the regular-season title.
--1 National Championship Drive 38, Smokin' 3s 37 - In what was definitely the loudest game of the day, these two teams traded the lead back and forth down the stretch, with the final margin coming with less than two seconds left. Adam Gonzales led 1 National with 15 points, including three three-pointers. Cello Mendoza grabbed 10 rebounds in a losing effort.
This coming Sunday, November 21st, will be the final Sunday of the regular season. The following Sunday, November 28th, is the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We will not have games that Sunday. In fact, I think that the facility will be closed. In past years, we have tried to have games on that Sunday, with bad results. While some teams want to get in a game to help run off that Thanksgiving meal, there ended up being lots of forfeits. Many teams either had guys out of town or family in town. So, it's an off day. The single-elimination playoffs begin Sunday, December 5th and culminate on December 19th.
We will then take a couple weeks off and start the Winter 2022 season in early January. We already have a few new teams signed up for the Winter season and there has been a strong showing of individuals wanting to join a free-agent team. We had had spotty success with free-agent teams over the years, but things have changed. We now have three full teams of free-agents (Unruly Nation, F.A.T. Two, and Ben Simmons' Jumper) in the League and are looking to add a couple more. If you are such an individual or you have a team, please contact me through the website. I'll put you on the list and then contact you in mid-December to finalize things for the next season. Thank you for your interest.