This Saturday saw another day of stellar play in the Grown Up Sports Houston Saturday Adult Men’s Basketball league at WCC in the Heights. Let’s recap the day’s action.
2PM: Old School Yungstas v. Dream Elite
Old School Yungstas can really put the ball in the hole. Playing the scrappy Dream Elite squad, the Yungstas took no prisoners. Yungstas sharpshooter Andre Potts led the way with a whopping 6 first half threes, on his way to nine, finishing with a game high 33 points. You’d think with one player accounting for 33 points, that’d be the whole story of the game, but Yungstas young gunner Bryce Allen drilled in 6 threes, 4 in the first half. The Yungstas took a comfortable 57-29 lead going into halftime. Dream Elite is not a team to lose without a fight, as they proved in last week’s heartbreaking defeat, and rallied back with a strong second half from all five players, scoring 59 points in the second half. However, with Yungstas Ken powering up for 22 second half points, Dream Elite wouldn’t make this a dream ending.
Old School Yungstas win, 110-88 (Box Score)
GUS Player of the Game: Andre Potts (Yungstas): 33 points, 9 threes
3PM: Gorilla Mask v. Those Guys
Gorilla Mask drew the short straw with their opening games, facing some of the stronger teams in an already strong Saturday league. They seem to have ace in the hole in the form of new addition Remi Yusuf. Remi exploded this game wearing more of a ski mask than a gorilla mask on his way to 5 steals and 42 points and carrying the bulk of the load for GM. However, Those Guys Earl Robertson reminded us all why he’s known as the GOAT around these parts, throwing down a magnificent 46 points on 27 field goal attempts. What can you do about that? Coming down the stretch Those Guys let their lead dwindle as Kurt Rankin hit a big 3 and Remi stole the ball to hit a game tying three as the clock expired. In overtime Those Guys Kenneth Bechtel showed his worth securing every rebound and setting in some crucial putbacks effectively ending a rollercoaster of a game.
Those Guys win in OT, 90-86 (Box Score)
GUS Player of the Game: Ear Roberston (Those Guys): 46 points, 18/27 fgs, 6/12 3ps, 8 rebounds
4PM: JC’s Jets v. Goalbreakers
Well this was odd. What we expected to be a rivalry game was almost a forfeit as the Goalbreakers were shorthanded having only 4 players. As the pre-game clock expired, we started the game 5 on 4, advantage Jets. As a player myself, I know its hard to get serious when playing against a team of 4. It’s difficult to adjust. The Goalbreakers meant serious business though and accepted no sympathy, charging ahead with 4 players and establishing an early lead. Every time the Jets looked to get in the game, Antonio “Dwight Howard in the Post, Dog” Lowe would get the power in the post…dog, netting 20 first half points. We would go into the half even 32-32. At this point the Jets would reverse their course with great second half performances from JC (4 2nd half 3′s), Tracy (17 2nd half points) and Justin (9 points, 8 rbds in 2nd half). But they had no answer on defense for Goalbreakers’ Marquis “Phenom” Broussard or Jeremy “Gamechanger” Dean. Both were all the way turned up in the second half hitting an assortment of side-leaning two’s and threes with contact in a fashion I haven’t seen since NBA Live 2003. In the waning moments Goalbreakers Trey Barney would hit 2 clutch free throws sealing the deal and defying the odds, winning a full game with 4 players.
Goalbreakers win, 81-80 (Box Score)
GUS Players of the Game: Marquis Broussard (Goalbreakers): 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals. Jeremy Dean (Goalbreakers): 33 points, 13/27 fgs, 18 rebounds, 4 assists
5PM: LetsGetIt v. Thunderbeards
LetsgGetIt shows up in almost full force this week and proves why they’re an elite team when they want to be. Models of consistency Larmar Blue (14 points, 5 rebounds), Tony Jones (17 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists) and Kunal Patel (13 points, 7 rebounds) are the reason this steam engine charges ahead. Thunderbeards had answers for all three with equal performances from Chas (13 points, 8 rebounds), Emmerich (12 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, a handful of spectacular alley oops) and Paul (10 points). The difference here was the match up between Zach Cavender (26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists – alley oops to Emmerich, 2 steals) and Claude Cox (34 points, 6 rebounds). Neither stopped each other, but LetsGetIt got the edge because of the depth of their bench and emerged with the W.
LetsGetIt wins, 86-74 (Box Score)
GUS Player of the Game: Claude Cox (LetsGetIt): 34 points, 6 rebounds
6PM: Paul Waul’s Ballers v. Uno Uno
Paul Waul’s Ballers got off to a strong start, lead by their namesake, Paul “Wallabee” Colbert’s strong first half 10 points and 3 rebounds on perfect shooting. They ended up losing momentum largely without the production of some of their absentee players, but an even more tangible factor was the reduced impact of Corey who was all set to have a “flu game.”Apparently that’s not how the flu works. Still the Ballers took a lead into the half, 29-26, despite the sharpshooting of Uno Uno’s Nick “Kobe” Harris and his 4 first half three’s. In the second half, Ken Osagie “Can’t Stop Me” took his game to another level, with a second half 9 points and 10 rebounds. The on-the-court leadership of Josh Davis and the vocal leader ship of Davine “Foul Trouble” Taylor would push Uno Uno to victory largely because of excellent team basketball.
Uno Uno wins, 53-48 (Box Score)
GUS Player of the Game: Osagie “Ken” Igbonosa (Uno Uno): 11 points, 14 rebounds
See you guys on Saturday. Take note the schedule changed because a team dropped out. Be sure to update one another on your new game times.