Da Wolves (not to be mistaken for Wolves, which is a different team) jumped out to an eight-point lead over the Tucson Tigers at halftime and then held on to win by that same eight-point margin. Da Wolves pride themselves on being a bit older than the other teams in their Division. But they can still ball.
We actually had 13 Division champs this season. The championship game results included:
--AVM Bordertown Ballers 76, Frosty Hesson, 57 - The Ballers, who drive up from Nogales every week, pulled off a rare feat. They won a Division championship in their first season of the League. That doesn't happen very often; plus, they have way-cool jerseys.
--The Suns 53, Flagrant 2 44 - When Flagrant 2 first joined the League, they told me their chosen name and, just to mess with them, I made it Fragrant 2. Now, I'm having trouble getting it off the website.
--Tucson Cyclones 77, RAZA 64 - Another first-time team winning a title. The Basketball Gods have gone mad!
--Bricklayers 65, Rainbow Warriors 40 - The Bricklayers laid a load on the Warriors. The Bricklayers want to change their name for the next season, but it's kinda' vulgar so we won't allow it. If they continue to argue for it. I'll come up with a new name for them. Remember, I once named a team Cheesy Yellow Discharge.
--Zona 60, Heat Check 53 - Two teams that have both been in the League for multiple seasons battled down to the wire.
--Sleeper Squad 74, That One Team 63 - That One Team has won multiple titles over the past few seasons, but fell just short this time around.
--Outlawz 60, Early Birds 57 - A tense back-and-forth battle decided late.
--Basketball Junkies 67, Hawgs 47 - The Hawgs have won more Division championships than any team in the 34-year history of the Tucson Basketball League, but the Junkies are like the new sheriff in town. Sparked by Jason Timpf's NBA threes and Chaz Mack's inside game, the Junkies jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first half and then it just kinda' stayed there.
--Freqz 71, Big Steppas 58 - The Freqz used an up-tempo running style to grab the lead and then hold on for the win.
--Soul Snatchers 61, Knights 35 - Rocky Flores played a great game as floor general for the Snatchers.
--Ham 45, Black Mambas 35 - Freddy Zamora hit several tough three-pointers for the Black Mambas but it wasn't enough to overcome Ham's balanced scoring.
--Slime Time 80, Injured Reserves 78 - The final game of the night was a scoring explosion that went down to the final shot by Khalid Whitaker.
We will be off for the next couple weeks while everyone enjoys the Holidays. We will have a staggered start to the Winter 2023 season, with some teams starting on January 8th and others on the 15th. (We have lots of new teams signed up for the new season.) Have a great Holiday season.