2017 YMCA Basketball, Week 3

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A retooled Z-Team took on an also retooled Rough Around the Edges team led by Jeremy Engleman. Judging from the results, it appears that Z-Team picked the right new tools for the job.

Z-Team’s Nyma ripped the nets for 50 points including eight treys. Short, fast and accurate, he will be one to watch this season. It was fun to watch him attack the basket as well. His first three lay up attempts were blocked by Jeremy and Angelo. Then he adjusted the height of the bank of his shot to devastating effect. Matthew, also a new pick up, knocked down six treys to go with some nice finishes around the basket. Andrew played his usual solid game grabbing 10 rebounds in addition to 29 points. Lucas, the final new tool, also put in very solid minutes on defense to compliment his 8 points. Paul put up 18 points to go with three blocks and 6 rebounds in limited minutes.

Rough Around the Edges kind of lived up to their name in this game. While their new players were quite good, they haven’t yet gelled. Randy Wilson, formerly of Z-Team played an excellent game grabbing 11 rebounds while dropping in 19 points. Young Angelo scored 17 points. Gabe Sunshine, who had a stand out game last week, cooled down a bit in the game to finish with 5 points. Tristan put up some stout defense, as did Travis, but the team they were guarding was on fire. Final score: Z-Team 136 – 77 Rough Around the Edges.

Rough Edges Player Points Rebounds
Jeremy Engleman






Gabe Sunshine



Randy Wilson









Z-Team Player



Paul Reiter





Matthew Bryant






Andrew Simmons




The two titans of the league, Free Ballin and Team Caldwell, squared off for the marque game of the night.  Both were undefeated coming into the match. Both are loaded with talent. Team Caldwell struck first with some nice inside moves by Stan, JJ and AB. Free Ballin finally got going after a few minutes with some nice outside shooting by Kenny and midrange missiles by EJ. Nick got in on the action as well with his now patented swoops to the basket.

This game was about defense, though. Both teams ratcheted up their defense which kept the score low. Kenny and AB went at it. Stan and Tall Paul were countered by Dereke, EJ and Zack. Brandon and JJ fought each other to a draw.  The score was 25 – 24 score at the end of the first 20 minutes.

In the second half, Brandon really put Free Ballin on his shoulders with dead-eye shooting from outside and some very tasty fakes that got his man out of position so he could thread through the rest of the defense for contested shots at the cup. He made most of them. The ones he missed resulted in trips to the charity stripe where he converted all but one which saw nothing but air. The score wagged back and forth until it looked like Free Ballin had the advantage as the game would down to the final two minutes. Team Caldwell found just enough to keep it tied at the buzzer 62 – 62.

The overtime was all AB who was money from the free throw line.  Final score: Team Caldwell 75 – 68 Free Ballin.

Team Caldwell Player Points Rebounds
JJ Frazier 10 7
Stan Caldwell 13 7
Lev Mendel 2 0
AB Najee 34 9
Paul 2 4
David Dean 10 2
Tenzin Caiwang 2 1
Hunter Ackerman 2 4
Free Ballin Player Points Rebounds
Zack Silvermaster 2 5
Nick McIlroy 9 4
EJ 10 6
Dereke Bell 10 5
Kenny Pitts 20 10
Brandon 17 8

Top Scorers: Nyma 50, AB Najee 34, Matthew Bryant 31, Jeremy 30, Andrew Simmons 29

Kings of Rebound:  Randy Wilson 11, Andrew Simmons 10, Kenny Pitts 10

Double Doubles: Kenny Pitts 20&10, Randy Wilson 19&11, Andrew Simmons 29&10

Players of the Game: Nyma, AB


2 – 0  Team Caldwell

2 – 1  Z-Team

1 – 1  Free Ballin

1 – 1  Morning Glory

0 – 3  Rough Around the Edges

Welcome Back!

Welcome back, players. A new season, a new beginning. Many of you are returning players. For those of you who are new, one of the cool things about this league is that we post the results of each game. I try to get the post up by the day after each game. Our stat keeper is also the scorekeeper so he may not catch everything but he does his best. And now for the results of Week I.


Morning Glory is a new entry to the YMCA league. Mailman pulled together some friends that play together at the Y at 6:00 AM! These guys are dedicated. In addition to Mailman, Abner has great handles and acts as the distributor, Joe sets up in the key, Paul is a solid all-around player who dishes and drives, Patrick shoots threes, and Joel shoots a lot of threes.

The version of Z-Team features the return of Chris Ballard plus three first-time players, Andrew, Eric and Paul. The rest of Z-Team should be available sometime before Thanksgiving, in shallah, as they say at the mosque. Paul and Duffy will be back soon. Russ will be back next game. Parker and I are on the DL.

The game started slow with both teams getting used to new players. There were a few offensive miscues and defensive missed assignments that kept the score down. Then Patrick and Joel of the Glory started lighting it up from the three line. Abner showed off some flashy moves on the base line that resulted in layups and foul shots. Mailman always delivers. A team effort kept the score close. Joel dropped in 23 including 6 high arc treys that were a wonder to watch. Patrick and Paul added 11 each and Mailman contributed a fine collection of hooks and soft jumpers to finish with 16.

At the 13 minute mark, the Zs started to pull away. Andrew was a beast on the boards finishing with 13 along with a gaudy 36 points. C Ballard is back! He matched Andrew’s 36 and 13, but he also ran down loose balls, zipped passes inside, and grabbed rebounds. Eric, the smallest guy on the court, ripped down 15 rebounds! Paul played his usual no-mistake game for the Zs. Defense was the glory of Z-Team the downfall of the Glories. The famed Z-Team ball movement and mid-court fast breaks confused the Morning Glories. They are still getting used to playing at night. They will be ready next time. For this contest Z-team was the victor: 96 -75.

MORNING GLORY Player Points Rebounds
Abner 11 4
Joe 4 3
Paul 11 5
Patrick 11 9
Joel 22 1
Mailman 16 5
Z-TEAM Player Points Rebounds
Eric Quant 20 15
Chris Ballard 36 13
Andrew Simmons 36 13
Paul Baer 4 8


Team Caldwell is a perennial powerhouse. They have won the league more than once due to a very strong lineup of athletic and smart players. This year is no different although they have tinkered with their lineup. KK is gone but they have added AB Najee, fresh from playing in Spain, and David Dean. Special Ed is special. Led by Jeremy Engleman, this team is playing for the right reasons. They love the game.

The Caldwells went to work early with Stan moving fluidly around the post, AB slashing and JJ jacking up some long treys. Special Ed picked up John Rice this year and boy, did he make a difference! John is a genuine threat every time he touches the ball. He provided a great counterpoint to team captain Jeremy who came out firing. Jeremy finished with 23 points. The Specials brought in a temporary player on loan from Team Morning Glory, Joel, who was the outside threat. He knocked down 7 treys for the game.

JJ also drained 7 treys for the Caldwells. His usually very solid dribble drive game was a little shaky. It didn’t matter, though. He was a force on defense and offense, finishing with 27 points. AB, after coming up the hard way through junior college, then a four year institution, and finally playing for a team in Europe, really showed his growth as a player on Wednesday. First, he faced up on John and stayed with him, step for step, setting the tone for his team defensively. Then he shared play making duties with Lev Mendel and David Dean. Between the three of them, the ball moved nicely. Other than Jeremy and John, the Specials had a hard time keeping up with the Caldwells’ ball movement.

Jeremy often just stayed in the middle on defense, especially on team Caldwell fast breaks. He had five blocks with his feet never leaving the floor–a true veteran with great timing. Tristan played hard against player much taller and faster than him. He did his best to give them the business. He also made a nice shot at the end of the game. Patrick, also a loaner from Morning Glory also put in some good minutes with 8 points and 6 bounds. In the end, it was Team Caldwell: 106 -83.

SPECIAL ED Player Points Rebounds
Jeremy Engleman 23 15
John Rice 27 8
Tristan 2 1
Joel 25 6
Patrick 8 6
TEAM CALDWELL Player  Points Rebounds
Stan Caldwell 26 9
JJ Frazier 27 9
AB Najee 33 10
David Dean 9 4
Lev 4 2
Paul 4 2

High Scorers: Andrew Simmons 36, Chris Ballard 36, AB Najee 33, John Rice 27, JJ Frazier 27, Stan Caldwell 26

Kings of Rebound: Eric Quant 15, Jeremy Engleman 15, C Ballard 13, Andrew Simmons 13

Double Doubles: Andrew Simmons 36&13, C Ballard 36&13, Jeremy 23&15, AB 33&10, Eric 20&15

Players of the Game: Andrew Simmons, Chris Ballard, AB Najee

Team Caldwell 1-0
Free Ballin 0-0
Special Ed 0-1
Morning Glory 0-1