Last night around 10:00, I started posting the schedule for this coming Sunday (July 18th) when the lights went out because of the storm. We had no power for almost two hours and when it came back, the schedule was gone because I hadn't saved it. I'm doing actual work right now, but the schedule will be up by this afternoon. Thank you for your patience.
At the end of the craziest season in the history of the Tucson Basketball League--one that stretched from January of 2020 to July of 2021--we had some wild championship games. Seven of the eight championship games were decided by single digits. Plus, two games were decided by shots at the buzzer and one game went overtime. A brief look:
MARS Division - Fleet 59, LA Venoms 54 Fleet is one of the most-successful teams in the history of the League and Sunday they returned to championship form. Powered by the core group of Jeff Clark, Sam Okougbo, Guero Paredes, and Mikal Kidd, Fleet overcame a halftime deficit, scratched out a small lead, and then hung on for the title.
PLUTO Division - Frosty Hesson 53, The Fam 50 Speaking of longevity, Frosty Hesson has a founding member of their squad who started playing in the TBL in the mid-1990s! This game was a nail-biter all the way. The two teams traded leads throughout both halves. Harold Stephenson hit a couple big threes down the stretch to give Hesson a lead they would barely cling to for the win.
JUPITER Division - Zona 64, Pass The Ball To Chris 57 Derek Haner hit three straight three-pointers midway through the first half to post Zona to a double-digit lead. But Pass The Ball To Chris started the second half with a flurry of fast-break points to tie the game. From there, it was back and forth until Zona hit a couple late threes for the win.
NEPTUNE Division - Just a Game 52, Bad Dream Team 44 In a game in which both teams held double-digit leads at one time, Just a Game's Lalo Ramos powered a late surge for the win.
VENUS Division - Average Joes 61, Flashback 56 This was a four-point game at the half and a five-point game at the end. And it was just like that all the way throughout.
MERCURY Division - The Hawgs 68, The Greek Freaks 52 This was a tight three-point game at the half before The Hawgs pulled away for the win.
URANUS Division - DTC 40, The Show 39 This game was absolutely hideous at halftime, with a score of 17-11. The Show built up a lead, but then DTC hit three big threes in the final two minutes--including one at the buzzer-- for the unlikely win.
SATURN Division - Icy Hots 60, Lost Treasures 57 This was either an absolute heartbreaker of a game or the best comeback of the entire season. Both teams played brilliant basketball for much of the game. Lost Treasures eked out a nine-point lead with just over two minutes left and looked to have the game wrapped up. But the Hots hit a couple threes, the Treasures missed a couple free throws, and all of a sudden it was a game. After a Treasures turnover, the Hots hit two clutch free throws to send the game into overtime. In the OT, the Treasures had a chance to take the lead, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Hots ran the clock down for the last shot and almost fumbled it away before Erik Michaud drained a falling-out-of-bounds three from the deep corner at the buzzer for the unlikely win.