Tuesday, 8.14.12, we did it again. Check out the recap of the Tuesday Night Houston Adult Men’s Basketball League at Lutheran High North Annex Gym in the Heights. Now that the SEO requirement of this post is fulfilled, let’s deep dive into the action. (I always loved this shirt and the song wasn’t bad either. -Joe)
Swerve v. Ballers
Swerve has shown a remarkable ability to gel despite being relatively new to each other. Meanwhile, the Ballers have been rounding into form and figuring out their rotations with such a vast roster. The Ballers got out ahead early thanks to early buckets from Brown, Julian and Fitz. With their SWAG riding high, the Ballers held a firm control on the game. But Swerve showed it trumped the Ballers SWAG, as a solid all around performance from its entire team brought them not only back into the game, but to take the lead. Swerve has a unique brand of swarming, high energy defense, and the Ballers struggled to solve the riddle as Swerve began to pull away. The key moment in the game came when Jose, the new comer to the Swerve team, dribbled down the court. Having missed the first several 3′s, the bench called out to the defense “Let Him Shoot”. And shoot he did, nailing the big trey. As if that wasn’t enough to convince the Ballers, Jose came down and nailed a second three… putting the nail in the coffin of the Ballers hopes for victory.
GUS Player of the Game: Jose (Swerve): 14 points, 1 assist, 1 steal
Swerve wins 51-36 (see Box Score)
No Suit No Tie v. BAMF
BAMF came out firing with Carl Williams and Zach Cavendar penetrating every hole in the zone and shooting No Suit, No Tie into calling defensive audibles after knocking down three after three. The exclamation point of the first half was when Zach Cavendar ran his patented “top of the key” pick and roll in which Emmerich backcuts on the weak side and catches the back end of an always thunderous alley-oop. It’s like clockwork. The dot on the exclamation point came when Bobby “Sura” Vasighi drained multiple pull up transition threes, keeping the BAMF lead outside of reaching distance. No Suit, No Tie stayed strong on the backs of Zain Hussain and his long range dead-eye and Tony Jones prowess for mid-game offensive flurries. Alas, without an answer to BAMF’s open court/transition buckets (there were a lot) even a stellar Tony Jones’ performance couldn’t change fate.
BAMF wins, 65-57 (see Box Score)
GUS Player of the Game: Carl Williams (BAMF) 18 points, 3/4 3ps, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals
Midwest Free Agents v. Barberians
MWF start off a little cold and then hit a Midwest Swing about halfway through the first half (we’re going to beat this Midwest swing horse to death). A lot of their success is because these guys are rebound machines. Jammy is all over the court and Brad, Will and Marrus snatch up all the leftovers and deliver the goods. Team double double would be a fitting name for the 3 forward rotation they have working. Team Double Double gave Barberians trouble in the paint keeping their big man, Corbin, from being effective (on the bench in foul trouble). Although Michael Barber was unstoppable for the Barberians, so was the MWF counterattack. Jim Adessa continued to make it rain from three, solidifying the fact that he’s going to be a real threat from deep all season. These Free Agents are built to go the distance.
Midwest Free Agents win, 67-52 (see Box Score)
GUS Player of the Game: Jammy Kugundu (Midwest FA): 23 points, 10/13 fgs, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Favor’s Flapjacks v. Get Buckets
Great back and forth game. Everytime the Flapjacks thought they were ahead for good, Get Buckets battled back to tie it up. Courtney showed why he is one of the premier scorers in the GUS Leagues, and Girard’s smooth midrange J still stings his opponents eyes. Rusty, in his cameo appearance, gave major work, but a pulled hamstring prevented him from finishing the job. For the Flapjacks, Rashad was fire from the outside but the true difference maker is Chad Rickett, with no buckets in the first half, gets major buckets in the second half, exploiting his size over the smaller guards and his speed against larger opponents on pick and rolls.
GUS Player of the Game: Chad Rickett (Flapjacks): 25 points (7/10 fgs), 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block
Flapjacks win 66-61 (see Box Score)
Trail Mix v. Bounce Pass Bandits
What looked to be one of the featured match ups of the night turned lopsided in a hurry. Followers of the GUS Leagues know Trail Mix is known to light it up from the outside, but wow, did they hang a number on Bounce Pass in the first half, including 10 made 3′s in the first half (including 5 by the lights out James Thai). With Kendall finding Trill, Manny and James for open shots, Trail Mix extended their lead three points at a time. As every three went through the hoop, the rowdy Trail Mix fans erupted with elation as to the dismay of Bounce Pass Bandits. We have to give credit to the Bounce Pass Bandits though, who despite being down big never let up. Their relentlessness is surely a sign of championship mettle. With Adam Purnell driving to the bucket, Chad Cooper giving major work inside and Jordan Villareal manning point, Bounce Pass played some excellent team basketball and played some excellent ball offensively. Unfortunately when a team shoots the ball as well as Trail Mix did/does (15/31 from 3′s), no matter how well you play you will be hard pressed to get a victory.
GUS Player of the Game: James Thai (Trail Mix): 24 points (18 first half), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal – set the tone for the entire game
Trail Mix wins 80-60 (see Box Score here)
Real Black v. STK
In what was set to be a marquee game these two teams delivered. STK’s double trouble duo, Christian Peterson (14 points, 5 rebounds) and Trey Richmond (17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) not only put their team on their backs, but then proceeded to dust the dirt off their shoulders as if it were slight work. The thing about Real Black, however, is that they’re real…well-rounded. Last week it was Demetrium, ID and Ced who carried them home. This week it was John Davis, Jamal and Roy who brought home the bacon. Real Black has threats from everywhere on the floor, with Jeff and Anwar dishing with ease and a bench so deep the Thunder would be jealous.
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-Joe and John