The Friday night Recreational League wrapped up its regular season last week, with three final games. With Heatwave already having locked up the #1 seed with an undefeated 7-0 record, everyone else was left fighting for seeding. Additionally, everyone was trying to finish working out any kinks and be playing well as a team heading into the playoffs. Here are the results.
Toss It Up (76) vs. B2F Lions (68)
Toss It Up entered their final game at 3-3, while B2F entered 4-2. Due to head-to-head tiebreakers, Toss It Up had a chance to overtake the Lions in the standings with a win, and they made it happen.
This game was close the whole way through. Things were tied 15-15 after the first quarter and Toss It Up only led by two points, 32-30, at halftime. Toss It Up was led by the 19 points of Kendall Smith, and received major contributions from Marcus (18 points), Jordan (12), and Steve Mcclendon (12).
B2F passed the ball effectively as usual, with 18 assists in the game, including seven by John Lolio. Anthony Branch led the team in scoring with 19 points, while Curtis Zwerneman had 15 on 7 for 9 shooting.
The scoring pace in the game increased in the second half, and Toss It Up created a bit of separation, taking this one 76-68.
3’s Company (62) vs. Pump & Run (50)
Needing a win to finish 5-2 and earn themselves the #2 seed and a bye in the playoffs, 3’s Company took on Pump & Run. Having nine players on the roster gave 3’s Company plenty of subs and kept everybody fresh. That extra rest allowed them to crash the boards, which was a big difference maker in the game.
3’s Company outrebounded Pump & Run 37-25, led by Deshaun Lowery’s 12 point, 11 rebound double-double. Jonathan Ramsey scored 19 points and hit three triples, and Rocko Hadnot had 12 points and 6 boards.
Four players on Pump & Run scored all the team’s points. Brenden Hall finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Vince Bugge, Cody Courtney, and Ahmari Childs all had 11 points.
3’s Company steadily built a lead through the first three quarters, and while Pump & Run had a good final period, it wasn’t enough. 3’s Company earned their first-round bye, 62-50.
Task Force Jammers (61) vs. Tyrants (49)
In the final game of the regular season, the Tyrants made one last push for their first win of the season. It was an impressive start for the Tyrants, who took an early lead and held a 27-24 advantage at halftime.
Isaiah Velarde’s 13 points and 4 assists led the way, and Josue Orozco nailed four threes for 12 points, providing big buckets in the second half to keep things close.
Unfortunately for the Tyrants, the Task Force Jammers used their size to their advantage in the second half, getting offensive rebound after offensive rebound, totaling 21 in the game. Darnell Cooper and Isaiah Reed each had 12 rebounds and finished with double-doubles. Chidi Oniniwu had 14 points, and Tony Briggs added 12.
An 18-5 third quarter blew the game open, and the Task Force Jammers finished with a winning record, 4-3, with a 61-49 victory.
Playoff Bracket and Final Standings:
The playoffs will take place over the next two Friday nights at The Woodlands United Methodist Church with the top six teams. This week, we’ll play down to the final two teams. Next week will be the Championship.