The Tucson Basketball League is blessed to have hundreds of players who "get it." They show up, they play hard, they bring their sportsmanship along with the "A" games, and they shower the officials with compliments. Well okay, most of that stuff happens.We also have a number of top-level teams manned with players whose high school glory days were in the previous century. Two of those teams put on a scintillating display of good, solid basketball on Sunday when Icy Hots took on Fleet. Icy Hots has several players who played on the Northwest side, at Canyon Del Oro and Amphi High Schools, while Fleet's squad consists mostly of guys who played at Pueblo on the south side. Both teams are perennial contenders for the "A" League title and Sunday they showed why.
Icy Hots jumped out to the lead in the first half behind the three-point shooting of Mark Meredith, who played at CDO and Colorado State before playing professionally. Meredith's four threes gave Icy a 34-32 lead at the half. But Fleet took the lead in the second half behind the scoring of Sam Okougbo and the rebounding of Jeff Clark, who had a double-double (15 and 10) for the game. For the last 10 minutes of the game, neither team had a lead of more than three points. Icy Hots hit some big free throws down the stretch for a 59-56 win. Meredith finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
In other action:
--Second Winded 43, Bad Deam Team 38 - Vernon Mickle scored 12 points to help lead Second Winded to their first win of the season.
--The Hurricanes 58, 520 Buckets 45 - Seven players scored for The Hurricanes, led by Manny Perez with 18. The Hurricanes held a slim 26-25 margin at the half, but pulled away in the second half. The Buckets were led by Dillan Fleming with 13 points.
--Scout Team 41, Black Mambas 40 - This one went right down to the wire but Scout team hanging on for the one-point win. Kody Startt had 17 points in the victory. Manny Alvarado had 16 and eight for the Black Mambas.
A few other notes:
--Lost Treasures hit 17 three-pointers in the 69-67 win over Dad Bods.
--Dalton Groenewold had 28 and 12 to lead MedShield over Mansfield Ballers.
--As is often the case in adult-rec leagues, free-throw shooting is atrocious. But The Rattlers went 12-14 from the line in their win over Average Joes. Not to be outdone, Gabe Gaxiola of the Joes went a stunning 10-10 from the line and his team went 15-18 overall.
--And Anthony Frasquillo hit eight threes and scored 28 points to lead Richardson Squad to a 67-63 overtime win over Team 706. For his efforts, he is our Player of the Week.