YMCA 2017 Basketball, Week 6

We are officially into the second half of the season. Next week there are no games scheduled due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I did yoga today for the first time in six years. I am feeling, so balanced.

Z-TEAM VS. MORNING GLORY

Morning Glory is coming off a signature win last week against Free Ballin. Z-Team took a loss from Team Caldwell last week after a strong first half. The teams had exactly the same win/loss record. They were both playing for a strong seed in the playoffs. In the first half, the Z’s came out with an aggressively defensive posture that caught the Glories a little off their guard. Nyima and Lucas pressured the ball while Matt and Brandon locked down the middle. Brandon in particular slowed down the juggernaut known as Evan, limiting him to single digits for the first half. In a well balanced attack, all of the Z’s contributed buckets with Luke hitting a season high 12 points.  At the half, the Z’s had built up a 57 – 34 lead.

In the second half, the Glories were playing catch up the whole time. Evan stepped up his production in a serious way. Mailman, Jerry and Abner also chipped away at the score with nice mid-range shots. Still, Matt scorched the nets for 35, Brandon added 20, Nyima was everywhere in dropping in 30 and dropping some beautiful dimes to Matt, Brandon and Dexter. Final score: Z-Team 104 – 91 Morning Glory.

Morning Glory Player Points Rebounds
Joe

4

4

Patrick

0

3

Paul

2

3

Evan

39

10

Abner

14

2

Mailman

15

4

Joel

9

1

Jerry

8

3

Z-Team Player Points Rebounds
Brandon Riley

20

10

Matt Bryant

35

7

Lucas

12

5

Nyima

30

6

Dexter Amey

6

4

TEAM CALDWELL VS. ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES

The Rough Boys have had a tough time this season with player turnover and player absences. This night was no exception. Joel, Patrick and Nyima all stepped in to help. The Caldwells were also somewhat shorthanded but they did manage to field a complete team. The Roughies kept it close in the first half with new addition Kyle draining the cup for 17. Stan of the Caldwells was having none of it, though. He was feisty as well as effective collecting a technical foul to go with 42 points for the night. Tall Paul, taking another drink from the fountain of youth, had a very strong game, whipping through his post moves for a total of 20 for the night. Lev also showed off some offensive skills we haven’t seen in a while. He schooled the youngsters trying to guard him using his body to create space. He also did some nice look offs to shake defenders for an 18 point night. Final score: Team Caldwell 94 – 68 Rough Around the Edges.

Rough Edges Player Points Rebounds
Jeremy Engleman

16

8

Patrick

5

4

Joel

10

2

Nyima

20

5

Kyle

17

8

Team Caldwell Player Points Rebounds
Stan Caldwell 42 10
Lev Mendel 18 3
Tall Paul 20 8
Hunter Ackerman 14 6

High Points: Stan 42, Evan 39. Matt 35, Nyima 30

Kings of Rebound: Stan 10, Evan 10, Brandon 10

Double Doubles: Stan 42 & 10, Evan 39 & 10, Brandon 20 & 10

Players of the Game: Stan Caldwell, Brandon Riley

STANDINGS:

5 – 0  Team Caldwell

3 – 2  Z-Team

2 – 2  Free Ballin

2 – 3  Morning Glory

0 – 5  Rough Around the Edges

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