In the movie "Major League," game announcer Bob Uecker said that you can gauge how a season is going to go by the first at-bat of the first game. So, Wesley Snipes' character, Willie Mays Hayes, does a check swing and hits a feeble sorta'-bunt, which he beats out for an infield single. (The opposing first baseman sneers, "You really knocked the crap out of that one.") If the Fall 2019 season is going to go like the very first game, we're in for a wild ride. Below The Rim jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead over The Fam. But in the second half, The Fam kept chipping away at the lead and finally got it down to one. Below hit a bucket to get it back up to three, but then Christian Flores hit a long three to tie it and send it into overtime. It was tied after the first overtime and the second and the third. So, since it was getting late and, really, just for the heck of it, we decided to have all 10 players line up at the free-throw line and do a soccer-style shootout. With the players from the two teams alternating, the first six hit their shots, so it was still tied. Then, the next four all missed their shots. We had to go back to the first two; finally, The Fam emerged victorious, 52-51. It was a lot of fun.
In other games:
--Fleet 55, Richardson Squad 42 - Fleet got scoring from six players and Santiago Meza controlled the boards in the win. Fleet led by only four at the half, but pulled away in the second half for the win. Zach Ryberg had 16 points for Richardson Squad.
-- Dowgs 42, SW Skins 39 - This battle between two teams new to the league went right down to the wire. The Skins struggled from the three-point line in the first half but found the range late in the game, cutting a double-digit margin down to three. A long attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim and The Dowgs survived.
--Squad 58, LeBrontourage 44 - Dmitri Chonix had 27 points (on seven threes) and grabbed nine rebounds in a great match-up between top-level teams. Eli Crevalone hit several long threes to keep it close for LeBrontourage, but Squad pulled away late.
We're going to have a full slate of games (and I mean FULL) on Sunday. Please watch the website for the schedule, which will be up by Wednesday.