The Redmen rained a bunch of threes en route to their first Tucson Basketball League championship. The charge was led by Roland Ramon, one of the best shooters in the history of the League. Roland used to light it up back in the 1990s when the League was being held at the Boys and Girls Club. He's a little slower and a little thicker, but he's still got the stroke.
In other Division championship games:
Ancient Toucans 39, Hickory 36 - Hickory was without leading scorer Matt Swinford, but they hung in until the very end.
--The Hawgs 62, Rattlers 41 - For the second straight season, the Rattlers made it to the championship game in the top division, and for the second straight season, they fell at the hands of The Hawgs, the winningest team in the history of the Tucson Basketball League.
--Tucson Tigers 79, Jetpacks 68 - Zeke Odima and Ervin Felder led a powerful inside attack for the Tucson Tigers. Last week, in the semifinals, the Tigers trailed Flashback for 35 minutes and 20 seconds. They finally took the lead with 40 seconds left in the game and hung on for the win.
--Lost Treasures 66, The Regulators 57 - In the final game of the Fall 2021 season, these two teams staged a classic. For a brilliant 10-minute stretch in the second half, the two teams traded baskets and it was never more than a two-point lead either way. Finally, with under three minutes to go, Ashraf Alfatesh and Fred Cox both hit threes and Paul Young got a breakaway lay-up to power the Treasures.
--Other Division champions were the Ball Boys, The Show, DTC, Average Joes, MHP, and Talkin' 'Bout Practice.
As some of you may recall, we completed the suspended Winter 2020 season this past July. Then we had a mini-season to fulfill the Summer 2021 competition. In mid-September, we started the Fall 2021 season that culminated in yesterday's championships. We are now back on schedule. However, while adjusting things for the mini-season, my computer guy had to make a change to the program for the stats. The minor change morphed into something else. It ended up messing with this season's stats in a major way. It wasn't recording the stats for new teams and players' names were messed up. He has re-written the program and everything will work in the next season. We're really sorry for any inconvenience.
Also, we have several new teams waiting to join the League. I will be contacting them in the week between Christmas and New Year's. If you have expressed interest in joining the League and I don't contact you next week, there is a 17% chance that I have misplaced your information, so please try again. Thanks. That includes the team from Nogales, the information of which I have definitely misplaced. Sorry.
Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. The next League starts January 9th. It's going to be great!