Public health officials in Pima County and Arizona have determined that the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus is extremely low in our area. According, the venue is open for business and we will be having games this Sunday evening. The venue has facilities for hand washing and there will he hand sanitizer available. However, if your team doesn't want to play for any reason, please let me know and we will put somebody else in that slot. Thanks.
We had three late games on Sunday that were monstrously entertaining. They included:
--Tribe 70, KP Ballerz 67 - You know how real ballers want to beat their friends more than they want to beat their enemies? This was a classic example of that truism. A couple guys on Tribe used to play with KP and they had been requesting this match-up for the past few weeks. It turned out to be a classic. KP Ballerz held a big 39-30 lead at the half, but Tribe stormed back behind the play of Jeff Juan, who had 15 points and eight rebounds in the second half alone. Nova Jose led the Ballerz with 21 points and eight boards.
--L.A. Venom 89, Average Joes 86-- Venom got a strong effort from Ryan Yazzi, who scored 26 points on six threes. The Joes led 49-46 at the half in an up-and-down, fast-paced game. Itury Kitt had a double-double (26 and 12) for the Joes, while Stretch Campbell just missed, scoring 27 points and grabbing nine boards.
--Rattlers 89, Heat Check 83 - Former Catalina Foothills star Jared Irwin had one of the best individual performance of the entire season, tossing in 38 points on eight threes to pace the Rattlers. His teammate, Keegan Biggers, had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Heat Check was led by Mickey Corrales, who had 29 points.
After three straight weeks of no forfeits, we got hit with a big one. The Hawgs, who usually play at 1:00 p.m., got scheduled for a night game so that they could face off against the previously undefeated Franchise squad. Quite oddly, not one person from Franchise showed up for the game, a situation that usually denotes some sort of mass miscommunication. (They misread the schedule or the person in charge of contacting everybody else dropped the ball. It would have been great.
Alas, the venue is hosting its last tournament of the season this coming Sunday, so again we have only night games. It's a drag, but we'll have a strong finish to our regular season, with the playoffs looming in April.