YMCA Basketball, The Finals!

FREE BALLIN VS. TEAM CALDWELL

It all came down to one game: the reigning champions squaring off against the previous champs. Team Caldwell, the previous champion, was in the unusual position of being the challenger despite the tact that they finished the regular season undefeated. Free Ballin, the current champions, had all but lost their semi-final game until the entire team caught fire in the final 4 minutes. The undefeated versus a surging third seed: in other words, each team came into the contest with some momentum.

This game, though, started about as slow as a game could start. With 4 minutes to go in the half, the score was 17 – 13, hardly a shoot fest. Usually a couple of players will find their range and carry a team along. It just didn’t happen. Instead, Team Caldwell used their size and defensive prowess to grind through Free Ballin. David Dean harassed the Free Ballin ball handlers while JJ, Tall Paul and Hunter locked down the middle for the Caldwells. Brandon, who exploded last week for 42 points, was stymied for most of the game. Nick P managed to knock down a few shots as did Wil Blades and Nick McIlroy, but the Caldwells kept control of the game. Dereke Bell came in for the second half and threw down a couple thunder dunks to motivate his squad but AB, Stan, JJ and David hit enough jumpers and threes to pull away. Final score: Team Caldwell 67 – 47 Free Ballin. Congratulations to Team Caldwell, this season’s champs!

Free Ballin Player

Points

Rebounds

Brandon

17

5

Zack Silvermaster

4

6

Nick P

9

3

Wil Blades

5

2

Dereke Bell

9

7

Nick McIlroy

3

2

Team Caldwell Player

Points

Rebounds

JJ Frazier

11

5

AB Najee

22

5

Stan Caldwell

15

9

Hunter Ackerman

6

5

Tall Paul

3

3

David Dean

10

1

Thanks to everyone who participated in the league this year. We look forward to seeing you bring your teams for the Spring 3-on-3 Tournament, Check here for details.

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