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Week 3 of GUS Leagues Houston Saturday Afternoon Men’s Basketball division was full of action. Let’s recap.

Agent 99’s v. Los Guapos Blancos

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Based on their first two games, we’ve come to expect Los Guapos Blancos to show up and show out. They showed up with lots of flare, thanks to vocal leader, Adam Gonzalez. His game did nearly as much as much talking. He finished with a more-than-respectable 16 points (6/6 FT%) and 6 rebounds. Despite a couple less-than-awesome showings in their first two outings, the Agents 99’s kept this battle neck and neck the entire bout. The Agent 99’s are a motley crew and, as such, are expected to need some transition time to mesh. Jesus-be-a-free-agent, they may have found some superglue in the form of their newest recruit, Reginald Matthews. Paired with Lee Hoang’s tenacity (6 hard earned points at the rim in the midst of giants), Phillip Castleberry’s consistent dagger three ball (2/3 from three, 63% 3P% on the season) and Tony Okoro’s leadership (15 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists) they took this game to the final buzzer. In the end, the Guapos out-muscled the Agents, largely on the strength of Ryan Brandon‘s hot hand and big man work in the post.

Result: 54-49; Los Guapos Blancos win

GUS Player of the game: Ryan Brandon (Los Guapos Blancos) 16 points, 8/13 fgs, 4 rebounds.

Other notable players: Derrick Geise (Los Guapos Blancos) 10 points, 9 rebounds. Adam Gonzales (Los Guapos Blancos) 16 points, 6 rebounds. Tony Okoro (Agent 99’s) 15 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists. Reginald Matthews (Agent 99’s) 12 points, 3 rebounds.

St G Playaz v. LETSGETIT

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Game two provided what would be the first of two blowouts on the day. LETSGETIT stormed out the gates with an impressive 20-0 opening rampage. For the second time this week (Rush Hour II), point guard Eric Sonnier sparked the run with triumphant barks at our scorekeeper, proclaiming “You got that one, Trent? This is what I do.” Actions speak louder than words; he finished with an impressive 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 1 block, effectively completing the cycle. Those assists came easy, with Kunal Patel shooting the gym lights out with a lightning-fast 13 first-half points (3 three’s in the opening minutes) and Claude Cox putting 21 biscuits in 21 baskets. St G Playaz put forth a valiant effort, but could not convert on open looks. That has been the story of their season, thus far. Also consistent with their season storyline, we continue to applaud Jason Joseph‘s all-star caliber individual performances. He finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. We’ll keep watching for the St G Playaz.

Result: 63-25; LETSGETIT wins.

GUS Player of the game: Eric Sonnier (LETSGETIT) 18 points, 7/12 fgs, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 1 block.

Other notable players: Kunal Patel (LETSGETIT) 16 points, 3 steals. Simmie Colson (LETSGETIT) 5 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks. Claude Cox (LETSGETIT) 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals. Jason Joseph (ST G Playaz) 19 points, 11 rebounds.

Those Guys vs Houston Cougars

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Whew.

It’s hard to start off with anything besides the word, whew. We’ve had some great games in spite of the old school style backboards – prior to this week’s installation of new fiberglass boards and breakaway rims. It seemed as if the set up wasn’t affecting game play, but when a team racks up 97 points in a 40 minute running clock, we knew those crisp new frames made an appreciated difference. 97 points. Mid game, Bob Young emphatically stated, “We want tacos.”

The Houston Cougars were shooting at such a high clip… and such a high percentage, they couldn’t be denied. Earl. Thomas. Yeesh. And I’m not even talking about Earl Thomas. Those Guys battled hard, including a few teardrop pull up three’s from Zain Hussain and crisp ball-rotation that found Old Guy draining the long ball with ease. Those Guys saw some increased efficiency with the late arrival of Leonard, but again, 97 POINTS.

Result: 97-57; Houston Cougars win.

GUS Players of the game: Earl Robertson (Houston Cougars) 35 points, 12/21 fgs, 11 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks. Thomas Schnakenberg (Houston Cougars) 26 points, 12/21 fgs, 16 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals.

Other notable players: THE Houston Cougars. Bob Young (Houston Cougars) 11 points, 9 rebounds. Shayne Rodrigues (Houston Cougars) 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals. Zain Hussain (Those Guys) 13 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals. Tony Ma (Those Guys) 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists. John Kriescher (Those Guys) 10 points,13 rebounds, 4 assists. Leonard (Those Guys) 12 points, 5 rebounds in the second half alone.

Mathletes v. Trail Mix

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In the final game of the day, we had a shootout in the Historic Houston Heights. No seriously… Trail Mix shot 16 for 31 from beyond the arc countered by Mathletes 11 for 29. 7 seconds or less; Mike D’ Antoni would be proud. The game was tight through the first half. The Mathletes’ backcourt duo, Paul Brewer and Godfrey, are a match made in heaven, as Paul tallied 15 first half points and Godfrey notched 11, making up the bulk of their team’s 33 first half total. Trail Mix was no less impressive as Trill went into the half with 15 points and James Thai had 11, with 3 money balls each. The real break in the game came in the second half. Trail Mix celebrated a late Christmas as Andre Woods exchanged 4 rebounds and 4 transition assists for Kendall Smith’s 11 consecutive points (3 three’s) in matter of two minutes. The pace of the game never slowed, as both teams continued to accrue points at a Temple Run rate, but that two minute run ended up being the difference in the game.

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Result: Trail Mix wins 88-76

GUS Player of the game: Andre Woods: 13 points (4/6 fgs) , 12 rebounds 5 assists

Other Notable Players: Trill (Trail Mix) 24 points, 9/14 fgs, 6/11 3ps, 6 rebounds. Kendall Smith (Trail Mix) 13 points, 10 assists. James Thai (Trail Mix) 14 points, 4 rebounds. Michael Barber (Trail Mix) 10 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists. Godfrey (Mathletes) 27 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 1 block. Filip Johnson (Mathletes) 12 points, 8 rebounds.
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Our photographer got some good shots this weekend and we’ll be working to add them to some of your player pages as time permits and as we place faces to names. We won’t always have pictures, but it’s a nice touch sometimes. We’ll post a few in-game shots on Facebook. (Like us on Facebook).
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On another note, we have some ideas for the championship team this season…

Like your own playing cards, with an action shot on the front and stats on the back. Or a championship GUS Leagues t-shirt. We’re taking suggestions in that department. Shoot us your ideas.

We’re getting better at stats and recaps, so thanks for understanding as we work to improve. If you notice any discrepancies, don’t hesitate to contact us. (Contact).
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Don’t forget, our sponsored bar, Distillery 2520, will always have GUS Leagues Happy Hour prices for you before or after the game. We suggest going after the game. Specials include $2 pints, $13 buckets of beer, $3 wells, $8 two topping pizzas and $5 boneless wings.

See you all next Saturday.

-Joe