Week Three Review: 'Peckers, Bullies, And Brad; Oh My!
In one of the worst overall shooting displays ever seen on 'The Sport Court,' Week Three was still quite one to behold.
Bullies escaped the week with a win, and they are now the only team left undefeated. Woodpeckers, Tropics, and Titans also picked up wins and all sit at 2-1. Dragons are right there with them after picking up their first loss this past weekend.
The Gremlins and the Lanc Show still remain defeated through three weeks. However, Gremlins are still led by MVP candidate, Makai Ortiz-Gray; whereas, the Lanc Show begin this season just like their championship season last year. What do I mean by this? It's all just now getting started, folks.
With all that being said, let's recap this past weekend, shall we?
Game One: Woodpeckers-76, Dragons-55
The Dragons got torched, simply put.
In their first game without Unknown Player, the Dragons were able to fill the void that he left. However, with only six men on the court, they gave it all they had, seriously. Kevin Roldan literally subbed himself out, threw up behind the benches, and then subbed himself back in the game within a minute.
On the other hand, give credit where credit is due because the Woodpeckers came to play. They had three players finish in the 20-point mark. Devin Atkinson, after missing last weekend, dropped 23 points, snatched 16 boards, and had six dimes. Nevin Roman matched his 23, and shot 45 percent from three point land, with many of them coming down the stretch. Finally, Trey Wells chipped in 20 points, hauled in 12 boards, and even had three blocks.
Woodpeckers win 'Team of the Week', no doubt.
Kevin Roldan led the way for the Dragons with 14 points, with Dwayne Cain and Jeb Besecker also reaching double digits with 13 and 10, respectively. As a team, the Dragons shot a poor 32 percent from the field and a shocking 6-28 from three.
Player of the Game: Devin Atkinson (23 points, 16 rebounds, six assists)
Game Two: Tropics-68, 8 Balls-52
After coming off a tough loss to the Bullies without three starters, the Tropics bounced back in a huge way.
8 Balls kept it close with it being only a four point game going into halftime. However, the Tropics took advantage of the lack of 8 Balls' bench and completely sucked the energy out of the 8 Balls down the stretch, especially after a last second Tyler Crespo dunk.
Speaking of him, Crespo led the way for the Tropics with 21 points and four boards; however, the story of the game was Brad Atkinson becoming the second player in BBAL history (Devin Atkinson being the first) to drop a triple double. B. Atkinson had 15 points, 13 rebounds, and ten assists.
For the 8 Balls, Ross Conway shot 41 times, but only made thirteen of them to score 28 points. Calan Titus also scored in double figures with 15 points, as both Conway and Titus combined for 43 of 8 Balls' 52 points.
Player of the Game: Brad Atkinson (15 points, 13 rebounds, ten assists)
Game Three: Bullies-64, Gremlins-58
Bullies gonna bully, and the poor Gremlins were the victim.
The Gremlins started strong as they entered halftime all tied up at 30 behind Ortiz-Gray's 21 points. The Bullies responded by turning defensive stops into offensive points, and Cruz'ed to a double digit lead in the second half. Gavin Sullivan helped bring it back to a five point game down the stretch, but it was too little too late as the Bullies ultimately came out with the win.
Denzel Kabasele led the Bullies with 19 points and five assists, followed by Kolbe Card with 16 and eight boards, and finally Erik Goldbach with 12 point and five steals. Liam Besecker continued to clean the glass as he collected 14 rebounds, with ten of them being offensive.
Ortiz-Gray finished with 29 points for the Gremlins, and Sullivan also reached double figures with 13.
Player of the Game: Makai Ortiz-Gray (29 points, eight rebounds, two steals)
Game Four: Titans-45, Lanc Show-41
Both teams shot absolutely horrible in this game which, inevitably, made this game close all the way down to the wire. For the Titans, they shot 32 percent from the field and NINE (yes, nine) percent from beyond the arc. For the Lanc Show, they shot 31 percent from the field, and eleven percent from three point land.
In a game where it was a two point game with one second left, it was Joe Chupick who hit two free throws to seal the deal for the Titans. Chupick finished with 14 points and hauled in twelve boards. Johnny led the way with 17 points for the Titans, but committed nine turnovers. Andy Santiago also reached double digits with ten.
Nine players touched the court for the Lanc Show, but only one of them scored more than ten points: Grant Conway. He ended the night with 13 points and a team-high, three steals.
Player of the Game: Johnny Besecker (17 points, seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks)
Week Four Schedule:
Game One: Tropics vs Gremlins
Game Two: Titans vs Woodpeckers
Game Three: Dragons vs 8 Balls
Game Four: Bullies vs Lanc Show