It was another exciting afternoon of basketball at the Grown Up Sports Saturday Men’s Basketball league in the Historic Houston Heights. Let’s take a look at a recap of the days action.
1PM: Lubemark v. New Creation
New Creation plays basketball like they were raised on composite leather instead of Similac. Lubemark appreciates the exercise.
New Creation wins, 84-28
Gus Players of the Game: Frank Morales (New Creation): 11 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals. Elmer Jimenez (New Creation): 19 points, 5 three’s, 5 assists. Bobby Lee (New Creation): 22 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists
2PM: Wax On, Whacks Off v. Team Swerve
Wax On looks like a brand new team. In-the-nick-of-time (re: eligibility) late season additions in Rob (10 points, 7 rebounds) former GUS All-Star, Emmerich Grimm (18 points on 9/10 shooting, 10 rebounds), and Spring 12 Thursday Scoring Champion, Kevin Charles (17 points on 5/7 shooting in limited minutes), stand to make Wax On a serious threat in the playoffs in tandem with their already potent core. Paul Brewer torches Swerve with 27 points despite feeling that he had no less than 50. Swerve continues its season-long struggle, although seemingly meshing better over time. Ahmad Raheem continues his campaign for the GUS All Star team while Paulin applies for a job with waste management, cleaning up trash like its his livelihood. Combo Josh and Chad round off the effort, but without a line of reserves Swerve runs out of gas early.
Fun Fact: Paul and Earl are separated by one point for the Saturday Scoring Title. They play each other on Saturday. Will they focus on winning the game or focus on getting buckets? Only time will tell.
Wax On, waxes off, 92-58
GUS Player of the Game: Paul Brewer (Wax On): 27 points, 4/6 3ps, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
3PM: Too Fast v. Houston Cougars
Houston Cougars win, 10-0
GUS Player of the Game: FREE PRESS SUMMERFEST 2012
4PM: Los Blancos Guapos v. New Creation
New Creation and the Guapos. Two undefeated teams looking to secure the #1 seed. New Creation had just given a basketball lesson to Lubemark, and had been looking forward to this match up all season. New Creation burst out the gates with a flurry, with Marquise Christian getting three early steals for quick transition buckets. The Guapos, playing shorthanded with only five, had to be careful on the defensive end not to pick up fouls early. Despite being down early, the Guapos kept the game close at the half behind strong performances by the Gonzalez brothers Adam and Andrew. However, in the second half, things got chippy as New Creation began to hit shots from all down town and pulled away for the W.
GUS Player of the Game: Bobby Lee (New Creation): 22 points (9/14 fgs), 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks
New Creation wins 73-50 (see Box Score)
5PM Game: Those Guys v. Goal Breakers
This was another marquee match-up for third place. The Goal Breakers have been on a rampage all season looking to take the league by storm and boy what a game. Both teams went back and forth all game, trading buckets like two heavyweight boxers. Those Guys shot an exceptionally high percentage of their shots (63% of their shots). Leading the offensive charge like always for Those Guys was Earl “The Goat” Robertson, who nailed 10 of 15 for another of his standard 30 point performances. Not to be overshadowed was Josh Davis, who was a perfect 8-8 on the day, including the game changing steal and dunk early in the second half. On the other end, Willie Lasster made Those Guys pay for their shoddy defense, hitting 6 huge threes to keep the Goal Breakers from being trounced. Along with his threes, JC Jones showed extraordinary heart, keeping several possessions alive with key offensive rebounds. With the game close, every trip down the floor Those Guys converted in the clutch, including a big bucket by Jacob “Big Guy” Harris on a beautiful post up move and a pair of free throws by the Goat. On the other end, Jeremy Dean showed his true game changing ability, hitting a big And 1 to put the Goal Breakers up one. With the game on the line, it was Jason Joseph, start point guard, who came up big, drawing the foul and nailing the two game clinching free throws to give Those Guys the victory.
GUS Player of the Game: Josh Davis (Those Guys) 17 points (8/8 fgs) 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3 blocks
Those Guys win 73-72 (see Box Score)
6PM Game: Trail Mix v LetsGetIt
This game was important to Trail Mix, who with only 2 wins, had their playoff hopes in flux. Needing a victory, and having a tough road to hoe, the team’s floor general Kendall Smith looked over at the GUS Scorers table before the game and said, “We will win- don’t worry.” With the prediction in the air, it was time to perform. Without big man Andre Woods, Trail Mix knew it wouldn’t be easy, especially with superstar Tony Jones in the fold on the LetsGetIt side. Trail Mix got out of the gates early, running precision plays and nailing big shots to take a quick 9 point lead into the half. LetsGetIt talked in the huddle at the half about getting into their sets and creating some offense in transition. It seemed as if Trail Mix had been listening in, as that is exactly what they did, bursting out the gates to a 9-0 run, taking a commanding 17 point lead. However, something strange happened thereafter. Trail Mix stopped playing to win, abandoning their 7 seconds or less offense for a more cautious approach, and LetsGetIt capitalized, going on a monstrous run over the next 10 minutes led by Claude Cox and Tom Schnakenberg. With the game slipping away, Manny Munoz showed his standout defensive skills, stopping TWO 3 on 1 breaks in a row. With the game tied however, the biggest blunder of the game was yet to come, as Tim Ortega picked up a crucial technical while LetsGetIt had the ball with less than 2 minutes to play. Nailing the ensuing free throws, and with James Thai (who had a beautiful performance offensively) nailing a dagger in the coffin, Trail Mix knocked off LetsGetIt and all but secured themselves a playoff birth.
GUS Player of the Game: James Thai (Trail Mix): 20 points (7/12 fgs), 4 rebounds, 4 assists
That’s all we wrote.
Don’t forget to sign up for next season. Spots are going fast, so reserve your place with us next season. Below are the league offerings we currently have for basketball!
- Tuesday Men’s Basketball (Open) in the Houston Heights @ Lutheran High North – Mid July
- Thursday Men’s Basketball (Open) in the Houston Heights @ Lutheran High North – Mid July
- Thursday Men’s Basketball (Recreational) in the Houston Heights @ Lutheran High North – Mid July
- Saturday Men’s Basketball (Open) in the Houston Heights @ Woodland Community Center – Mid July