6/16/18 UCL Recap: Kings of the Court Survive Close Game

Here is a recap of the four games from last week in the UCL.

Kings of the Court (73) vs. WhyTryLose (71)

What a way to start off the night. The matchup between Kings of the Court and WhyTryLose was the definition of a nailbiter. Neither team led by more than a few points for the entire game.

For KOTC, Terry Jefferson was a beast in the paint, racking up 21 points and snatching 11 rebounds for a double-double while Carvelle Martin added 21 of his own on a near-perfect 9 for 11 shooting.  On the other side, Anthony Branch led the way for WhyTryLose with 25 and 8, while athletic guard Dmarcus Fitch also scored 20 points. Dajon Riley added 10 while also playing strong defense.

Kings of the Court led by a bucket or two for most of the game, but with just four seconds remaining, WhyTryLose had the ball down two with a chance to tie or win the game. They got off a decent look from three, but the shot missed, giving KOTC a 73-71 win.

B2F Lions (97) vs. Hitmen (78)

Do not be deceived by the final score – this game was intense from the beginning and stayed close until the 4th quarter. In fact, the Hitmen held a 33-28 lead after the 1st quarter. They were raining threes early in the game, with Tone Nesbitt and Chris Mabry each finishing with five triples. Nesbitt finished the game with 24 points while Mabry had 20.

On the other side, the Lions were playing fundamentally sound basketball with good ball movement and cutting sure to make John Lolio, aka Mr. Fundamental happy. Led by Deshaun Lowery’s 23, all five players scored at least 16 points, while four different players totaled five assists. It was a Lolio family affair, with Michael showing off his jump shot for 19 on 8 of 14 from the field.

The Lions only led 55-52 at halftime, but in the second half, Damien Harris was the difference maker. Playing hard-nosed basketball and grabbing seemingly every rebound, Harris finished with 20 points and 22 rebounds. The inside presence was too much for the Hitmen to handle, and the B2F Lions ran away late, 97-78.

Ball Up (92) vs. And 1 (75)

Game 3 saw Ball Up take on And 1. Corvest Thompson and Ball Up took an early lead, finishing the 1st quarter up 25-14, and were able to keep the margin in the 10-15 point range for most of the game. Thompson had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists while teammate Kelton Polk had a team-high 18 points.

For And 1, Jason O’Bryant finished with 25 points and made a living at the free throw line, shooting 10 of 12 from the stripe. James Boon and Corey Walker put up 19 and 17, respectively, while Jerrel Wallace facilitated, dishing out seven dimes.

And 1 kept pace with Ball Up for most of the game, but could never really cut into the early lead. Ball Up took this one 92-75.

Oreo Crackers (109) vs. Wolves (86)

The final game saw the Oreo Crackers take on the Wolves in what became one of the highest-scoring games of the season. Both teams love to play with pace, run the fast break, and shoot the three ball. This was on full display, as the teams combined for 84 three-point attempts, and 28 makes.

Gerry Glover took control of the game in the first half for the Wolves and finished the game with 36. Bryan Langhamm added 23 as the Wolves took a 47-40 lead into the half.

However, the Oreo Crackers were absolutely on a mission in the second half, dropping 67 points. Scott Read’s shot was off in the first half, but after halftime, it was Splashtown out there. Nothing but net on every shot, he finished with 12 threes and 41 total points.

The star performance of the game, though, goes to Ian Bradley, who showed relentless hustle, and was a beast on the glass and getting easy putback opportunities while also being the game’s leading distributor. Bradley finished with 31 points, 19 rebounds, and 8 assists, coming up just short of a monster triple-double. The Oreo Crackers overwhelmed the Wolves in the second half, taking a 109-86 victory.

Coming Up:

Here is the schedule for this Saturday, June 23rd, at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Come out and support your favorite team!

5:30 – Wolves vs. B2F Lions

6:30 – WhyTryLose vs. And 1

7:30 – Hitmen vs. Ball Up

8:30 – Raptors vs. Oreo Crackers