The last week of our Saturday Men’s Basketball League at Woodland Community Center in the Houston Heights saw a whopping 6 games played. Here’ s long block of text and pictures for you to read about everything that happened.
1PM: Barberians v. Lubemark
As the Barberians prepared for their double header, Lubemark prepared for the longest game of the season. Boasting a roster big enough for 2.7 teams, Lubemark was down to it’s final 5 players with one last addition. We already knew Lubemark was familiar with addition because they constantly add to their roster, but they tried something new with addition by subtraction. Playing with an amended roster, Lubemark looked like a solid unit, taking a lead into the half. Led by Keith “I Look Like Lebron Today (his words, not ours)” Chambers (21 points, 8 rebounds) and newcomer Randall (20 points, 15 rebounds), Lubemark’s core was able to thrive, with solid performances from Dave, Brandon and Johnathan. Barberians was determined not to lose their first of two games, though. Michael Barber and Julian Barron drove the team to victory while Junior Melo gave us the first of two flu games. A late game push and a deeper bench would decide the game, keeping the Barberians record above .500.
GUS Player of the Game: Michael Barber (Barberians): 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
Note: Somebody tell Keith we definitely got pictures of him floating on the competition this season.
2PM: Wax On, Whacks Off v. Those Guys
Wax On started the game slow looking like a completely different team than one week prior. Down huge and looking defeated with 13 minutes left in the game, Wax On would make a late game run driven by the consistent efforts of Rob and Marcus, but, as we say all too often, it would be too little too late. No, Paul. You will not be getting GPOG this week. Ha.
Those Guys are starting to look like serious contenders with a serious roster. This week they had a new big three in addition to mysterious point guard, Eugene, controlling the ball. We’ve heard whispers of this “Eugene” before, but now it’s verified he’s real. The day’s Big 3 would be Jacob “Big Three’s” Harris (17 points, 4/5 3ps, 7 rebounds), Josh Davis (15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 asissts) and Earl “Manigault” (22 points, 7 rebounds). Those Guys have a solid rotation of big game players that may shake up the league in the playoffs.
GUS Player of the Game: Josh Davis (Those Guys): 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 achieved goal to keep Wax On below 65 points
3PM: Team Swerve v. Houston Cougars
Cougars were missing their big man, but Dylan and Joel stepped up in a fashion we wish they’d have done earlier in the season. Zeke hits a variety of circus shots. Swerve is still missing half their team. Swerve finally finds themselves with Josh (15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks) and Paulin (15 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals) having their best all around games this season. Ahmad goes on a 17 point run by himself in a span of 2:30 late in the 2nd half. Anthony hits one jumper, but a jumper so full of swag the GUS scorer’s table yells “Swerve.”
GUS Player of the Game: Ahmad Raheem (Swerve): 31 points, 4 assists, 17 points in a row
4PM: Goalbreakers v. Los Blancos Guapos
We’ve got some fresh talent on Saturdays. The Guapos add 2 new players called up from their “farm system”, Doug and Chris. For those of you scouting the Guapos (read: everyone), Chris is like Andrew without the height. You’ve all got a problem on your hands. You’ve been forewarned. Guapos take the week easy for the second week in a row, presumably saving their legs for the playoffs. Goalbreakers added a couple of guys, Trey and Brian, with Brian looking like he’s going to be a headache for opponents in the playoffs. With an already solid roster with consistent performances from JC, Willie, Peck and Jeremy, plus the leadership of Reggie, the Goalbreakers have earned their#2 seedin and are going to be a problem for their opponent on Saturday. That means you, Barberians.
GUS Player of the Game: Brian Sanders (Goalbreakers): 11 points, 10 rebounds
5PM: Trail Mix v. Barberians
I know this game has been anticipated all season. Derelict former-Trail-Mix-er, Michael Barber, told us before the game “I forgot my lunch, but it’s ok, I’ll just eat some Trail Mix to hold me over until dinner.*” Unfortunately for Barberians, Junior Melo, who still played stellar ball, was not his usual self, playing through an ailment for the betterment of the team. In addition, Barberians lost their probable all star selection, Christian, to a season ending injury, which changes the dynamic of the team when going up against an agile big like Trail Mix’s Andre Woods. Marlon would play out of his mind (21 points on 67% fgs) and Barber and Junior would play well, but not well enough to stop Trail mix. Trail Mix took full advantage of Barberians’ lack of a paint presence, feeding big Dre to the tune of 19 points and 12 rebounds on 9/14 fts. You only get free throws like that by forcing the point in the paint. Who’s doing all that feeding? None other than GUS Saturday assists leader, Kendall Smith (10 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals), finishing the season on par with his prior season’s assist numbers. The rest of Trail Mix’s core continued doing what they do best; James hitting only the important 3′s and Slick hitting clutch free throws as well as doing all the intangibles. We know these guys like good basketball, so it’s good basketball they’ll get. This wins pits them up again the Guapos in the first round. Yahoo.
GUS Player of the Game: Andre Woods (Trail Mix): 19 points, 12 rebounds
*This didn’t really happen.
6PM: Letsgettit Again v. Too Fast
Despite the box score, Too Fast again played some of the most well-rounded basketball they’ve played all season. Take a look at the box score and you can see they’re starting to come together as a team and will be a decent competitor in the Summer Leagues if they add a bench presence. Good play isn’t always good enough against some of the better teams in the league. Letsgetit, although bi-polar, is awesome when they’re awesome; take my word for it. Tony Jones and Tim “Turn Up” Ortega lead the offensive flurry, while Quin and Simmie ruled the boards and Kunal “KP” Patel played the role of x-factor, providing the glue to all the separate parts. Their first round game against Those Guys should make for a great match up.
GUS Players of the Game: Tony Jones (Letsgetit Again): 24 points, 50% fgs, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals. Tim Ortega (Letsgetit Again): 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals
That’s it. Regular season over. It was a good season. Thanks for participating. Now it’s playoff time. Here’s a bunch of relevant information you should’ve received via email, but just in case here it is below, now with specific start dates.
The schedule is as follows:
Goal Breakers v. #7 Barberians
3PM: #1 New Creation v. #8 Wax On, Whacks Off
4PM: #3 Those Guys v #6 LetsGetIt Again
5PM: #5 Trail Mix v. #4 Los Blancos Guapos
I know playoffs can get intense, but please keep your teams in control. Please be respectful of the officials. If you have a complaint, address the refs calmly and with respect and chances are they will be more likely listen to you. Fighting will not be tolerated in any form. We will have security present and you will be asked to leave if any fighting breaks out.
Finally, please remember that to be eligible for playoffs, the player must have actually played in at least one game this season. We won’t be policing this, it is on you to bring up a challenge for ineligible players. If you wish to challenge a player, do so before the game. If you do not, your right to challenge is foregone.
As for next season, we will be having 4 leagues.
1. We will be doing the Saturday League again, same place, same time. League will start July 14th.
2. We will be having two OPEN leagues (similar level of competition) during the weekdays. Game start times range from 6:30 to 9:30. Play is at Lutheran High North. We will have a Tuesday and a Thursday night league. Tuesday will start July 17th. Thursday will start July 19th.
3. We will also have a Thursday Night Rec league. This will be a slightly lower level of competition. Since all of your teams are in the playoffs, I would think this league won’t be right for all of you, but if you decide you may want to put together a less competitive or smaller team, this would be perfect. This will also be at Lutheran North and will start on July 19th.
Spots are going fast, so if you are interested, join a league.
Thank you again for participating in the league with us. We look forward to seeing you all out this Saturday.
Who is going to take it all? Reflections? Predictions? Guarantees? Sound off in the comments.