Rattlers Crash The Top-Level Party

September 7th, 2021

With a stunning upset of second-seeded LeBrontourage, the Rattlers crashed their way into the top division championship game. After a seesaw first half that ended with the Rattlers holding a slim two-point lead, they blew things open in the second half to win by 20. They will face The Hawgs in the championship game of their division. The Hawgs beat Team UGLY, 80-61.

Of the 10 games that were played on Court 2 on Sunday, the average margin of victory was only 5 points! That's insane. Only one of the 10 games was decided by double digits and several went down to the last shot. In the opener of the day, Bad Dream Team went out to a 10-point lead over 49 Fingers, but going into the final two minutes, it was a flat tie. Bad free-throw shooting doomed the defending champion 49 Fingers team down the stretch. 

After Dad Bods got by Red Santas by a relatively comfortable nine points, in seven of the next eight games, the two teams were either tied or within two points of each other going into the final two minutes. Every game was exciting and well-played. DTC and Mansfield Ballers were tied with 40 seconds left. Each team committed a foul, sending the other team to the line. Mansfield made one free throw, DTC made both. Game time.

The Fam trailed Beige Sharks by 10 points, then mounted a furious rally. The Fam tied the score with 1:48 left and then missed their last seven shots. Glass Monkeys and Scrap Attack both held their respective opponents scoreless in the final two minutes to pull out close wins.

Streetz held a 19-point lead over Skyhawks before Roland Ramon led a wild rally that brought the Skyhawks to within four points. A late three attempt that would have made it a one-point game rattled in and out and Streetz hung on for the win.

In the final game of the night, the Rainbow Drillers trailed the entire game before finally taking the lead over The Ruffles with 10 seconds left in the game. A last-second shot by The Ruffles just missed.

Once again, I jiggled the brackets around a bit for scheduling and equity purposes. One team added a couple players down the stretch and their new lineup is better than their regular-season record might have denoted. We usually don't allow late-season additions, but this was an odd season.

We are in the process of putting together a couple new free-agent teams and we have an incredible number of new teams that want to join our friendly circus. Fall 2021 is going to be great.