The final week of the UCL regular season was full of important seeding matchups, as the top six teams in the league all finished within two games of each other. Five games took place, meaning there’s a lot of basketball to discuss. Let’s get right into it.
Kings of the Court (94) vs. And 1 (82)
Starting things off at 5 pm was the first game of a doubleheader for And 1, taking on Kings of the Court. Despite an early 10-0 lead for And 1, Kings of the Court wasted no time coming back, tying the game at 18 after the first quarter.
The MVP of this game goes to KOTC’s Terry Jefferson, with 25 points and 14 rebounds. All five KOTC players scored at least 15 points, including 19 from DJ Doakes, and 15 from Kyren Peacock. Peacock also added seven rebounds and seven assists.
And 1 got 20 points from both Cory Walker and Masters League MVP Jason O’Bryant. The pair combined for 11 made threes, but couldn’t do enough to get the win. KOTC used their athleticism to steal passes and get out quickly into open space. Fast break points, especially late in the game, led to their 94-82 victory.
And 1 (86) vs. Wolves (85)
Out for revenge in their second game of the night, And 1 took on Wolves in a dogfight (no pun intended). And 1 had the hot hand early, draining bucket after bucket, and leading by 10 after the first quarter. However, by halftime, the Wolves had cut the deficit to just two points in a high-scoring game, 51-49.
There are five players on each team, but by the second half, this game had really turned into a shootout between two players: the Wolves’ Bryan Lehmann and And 1’s Jason O’Bryant. Going back and forth, trading bucket-for-bucket, the lead switched teams almost every possession.
Lehmann finished the game with 43 points on 16-27 shooting, including making six of his team’s seven threes. O’Bryant went 18-35, including 11 of 25 from three, eclipsing the half-century mark for 51 points.
This one came down to the last shot. Trailing by one with just four seconds left, the Wolves got one final look for the win but came up short. Dhunta Wyatt had a big game for the Wolves as well, with 23 points and 14 boards, but it was And 1 with an 86-85 win.
Raptors (59) vs. B2F Lions (57)
The Raptors entered this matchup at 4-3 while B2F came in 1-6. The game played out as more of a physical, grind it out affair, with relatively low scores. Marcus Milner’s 19 points and 11 rebounds led the way for the Raptors, who led 32-25 at halftime but had to withstand a late charge from B2F.
Deshaun Lowery played big for the Lions, with 20 points and 16 rebounds, seven coming on the offensive end. Chris Gonzales equaled Lowery’s 20 points.
Both teams left plenty of points at the free throw line. B2F shot just 4 for 13 at the stripe and the Raptors didn’t fare much better at 6 for 14. However, while the Raptors had a decent shooting day from the field, B2F only hit 30% of their shots, which was the difference maker. The Raptors took this one by two points, but no doubt B2F thought they should and would have won if just a few more shots dropped.
Oreo Crackers (107) vs. Hitmen (82)
The second team with a doubleheader last week, the Oreo Crackers took the court for the night’s last two games. The Oreo Crackers’ game plan is simple: we will score more points than you. That was on full display in this one as the team whipped the ball around for wide open threes and good looks down low. If they miss, they’ll get the rebound and try again. The Oreo Crackers outrebounded the Hitmen 42-29 in this one.
Scott Read’s 25 points were tops for the Oreo Crackers. Notably, Josh Scott had 22, and Jessie Jackson added 16 with 9 rebounds. Terrance Morris came close to a triple-double, with 11 points, 13 boards, and 7 assists.
Tone Nesbitt did the best he could to keep this one close, balling out for 35 while Reggie Sampson added 20, but the Oreo Crackers blew it open in the fourth quarter, winning 107-82.
WhyTryLose (79) vs. Oreo Crackers (65)
Unfortunately for the Oreo Crackers, they couldn’t keep up the offensive firepower in the second game against WhyTryLose. It was a surprisingly slow start to the game, with WhyTry leading 15-12 after one. Things quickly picked up in the second quarter, though, as Dajon Riley got it going for WhyTry.
Riley finished with 21 points, while teammates Anthony Branch and Rocko Hadnot added 19 and 17 points, respectively. Hadnot also grabbed 10 rebounds.
While many of the Oreo Crackers’ shots were off, Terrance Morris stepped up with a huge game, 27 points and 14 rebounds. The game was tied at 53 heading into the fourth quarter, but WhyTry started the final period with a big run and never looked back. When the final buzzer sounded, they had won 79-65.
Final Regular Season Standings:
The top eight teams advanced to the playoffs. Quarterfinal games will be played on Saturday, while the semifinals and Championship will take place the following Saturday. Good luck to all!