YMCA Basketball, The Semifinals

It’s down to one game, next Wednesday at 8:00 pm. Mark your calendar for the championship game.

Z-TEAM VS. FREE BALLIN

With the playoffs, the level of intensity and the level of play ratchet up. Both teams came in ready for a fight. Z-Team had the advantage early due to the sharpshooting of Paul Reiter and Matt Bryant. Free Ballin countered with some very nifty finishes at the basket by Brandon. Zack also powered his way in the paint for several buckets. Then Nyima got going by breaking the ankles of several of the Free Ballers on his way to layups. He also found his 3-point range. At the half the Zs were up by 7.

In the second half, B. Riley asserted himself both from the 3 line and inside. He also kept Big Zack out of the paint. The X Factor, though, was Free Ballin’s Brandon who refused to let his team falter. Despite being blocked by Paul and picked by Nyima a few times, he was relentless both inside and outside. He finished with a game high 42 points. With 5 minutes left in the game, the Zs held a comfortable 12 point lead, only to watch Wil, Big Zack and Dereke hit crucial treys to close the gap. With the minute to go, Free Ballin had scratched its way to a one point lead. In a mad scramble at the basketball B. Riley grabbed a rebound to tossed up a gimme layup only to watch it hang on the rim and fall out. From then, it was all Free Ballin who will be moving on to the finals. Final score: Free Ballin 77 – 74 Z-Team.

Z-Team Player

Points

Rebounds

Paul Reiter

12

6

Matt Bryant

16

2

Nyima

16

1

Lucas Jones

0

1

Parker Denison

7

8

Brandon Riley

13

13

Free Ballin Player

Points

Rebounds

Brandon

42

8

Nick McIlroy

0

2

Zack Silvermaster

9

6

Wil Blades

5

1

Nick P.

9

1

Dereke Bell

12

8

MORNING GLORY VS. TEAM CALDWELL

With basketball, any team can beat any other team on a given night. On this night, Morning Glory gave the favored Team Caldwell a real fight. In a low scoring first half, Mailman was on fire for the Glories. As Paul whipped the ball around the court, he often found the Mailman open in his favorite midrange positions and Gerard knocked all of them down. Jerry was also hitting his shots. For Team Caldwell, Stan, JJ and AB all hit enough shots to allow them to maintain a tiny lead until the end of the half.

In the second half, JJ went to work inside with spin moves and power moves to the bucket. Then he backed up beyond the trey line and hit three after three. As the Caldwells started to pull away, the Glories had a counter. Joel put on a show of his own hitting deep contested threes to finish the with 29 points. Joe was great on the boards while Abner also got in on the scoring action to finish with 9 points.

For the Caldwells, in addition to JJ, Hunter prowled around the basket grabbing offensive rebounds and dropping them in for easy buckets around the basket. He finished with 6 points and 12  rebounds. Stan has his usual solid game with 25 points and 10 rebounds. AB also poured in 23 points.

Morning Glory Player Points Rebounds
Paul 2 6
Jerry 7 3
Mailman 20 3
Abner 9 1
Joe 0 5
Joel 29 2
Team Caldwell Player Points Rebounds
Hunter Ackerman 6 12
Lev Mendel 7 2
Tall Paul 2 4
JJ Frazier 39 7
AB Najee 23 2
Stan Caldwell 25 10

High Points: Brandon 42, JJ Frazier 39

Kings of Rebound: B. Riley 13, Hunter 12, Stan 10

Double Doubles: B. Riley 23 & 13, Stan 25 & 10

Players of the Game: Brandon, JJ Frazier

 

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