Last Tuesday was an action-packed day at the Masters League, with all eight teams taking the court for some exciting, fast-paced basketball at the CK Ray Rec Center, trying to move one game closer to capturing the league championship. Here’s a look at how everything went down.
9 Round (67) vs. 4 Bricks & A Swish (66)
The first matchup of the night came between 9 Round and 4 Bricks & A Swish, two teams near the top of the standings with only one loss apiece. After an early lead from 9 Round, 4 Bricks & A Swish picked things up on defense, forcing turnovers leading to easy opportunities on offense, finishing the first quarter up 15-13.
Leading the way for 4 Bricks & A Swish was their backcourt pairing of Zac Majors, who buried seven threes and finished with 26 points, and Artis Bishop, who scored 23 points and was effective both shooting the ball and driving and drawing fouls.
9 Round, however, had some sharpshooters of their own, with Jason O’Bryant and Randy Lyles each knocking down four triples, finishing with 27 and 15 points, respectively. They were also able to feed David Howard, their athletic big man who finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds.
Both teams were evenly matched and went into halftime tied 32-32. 9 Round took the early lead in the 3rd quarter, but 4 Bricks & A Swish was able to fight back, keeping it tied at 51 entering the 4th quarter.
In the final period, 9 Round was finally able to create some separation, and although 4 Bricks & A Swish played the foul game late and hit some big threes, it wasn’t enough and they fell 67-66.
B2F Lions (84) vs. Shooters Tour (78)
Next up was the B2F Lions taking on Shooters Tour. B2F Lions started the game on fire, knocking down three early threes for a 9-0 lead. Chris Gonzales was on fire in this game, scoring 19 points in the first half and finishing with a game-high 30. Both Gonzales brothers came to play, as Mike finished with 24 points and 9 rebounds for himself. Brandon Irby had a double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds.
The B2F Lions’ fast start led to a 29-19 lead at the end of the first quarter. Through the second and third quarters, the lead stayed about the same, as both teams played good team ball. For Shooters Tour, four players scored in double figures. Justin McKinney led the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds and ran the fast break for several layups. Kade Simmons added 21 points on an effective 9/15 shooting.
Despite the B2F Lions leading for the entire game, Shooters Tour made a comeback in the 4th quarter, taking their first lead of the game 75-74 with just three minutes left. However, clutch free throw shooting down the stretch made the difference, and B2F Lions held on for the win.
Bombers (76) vs. Hoop Dreams (63)
Hoop Dreams may have only had four players for this game, but they certainly still put up a fight against the Bombers. By making strong passes and hitting difficult shots, Hoop Dreams only trailed 34-31 at the half. Bobby Rouse led the team with 29 points and 17 rebounds, while Louis Leggett had 15 with 13 rebounds.
Shots started falling in the second half for the Bombers, who started to pull away as both teams began to slow their pace after a hard-fought game. Daiquari Rabb had a game-high 23 points. Kenneth Cowan came close to a triple-double with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Building a double-digit lead entering the 4th quarter, the Bombers were able to finish things off comfortably, winning 76-63.
Kryptonite (101) vs. Shockers (78)
The final game of the night was an incredibly entertaining matchup of high-powered offenses Kryptonite and Shockers. Kryptonite raced ahead to a 27-9 lead at the end of the 1st quarter as it was absolutely raining threes. However, Chris Mabry’s handles and flashy passes kept the Shockers’ offense moving, as they were able to keep the game competitive. Mabry finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.
All five members of Kryptonite had double-digit points, but Corvest Thompson topped the team with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Sammy Veal had 24 and nearly missed out on a double-double with 9 assists. Robert Suber contributed 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Both teams kept up the pace in the second-half, where the Shockers’ Nicholas Gibbs started knocking down three after three to finish with 24 points. However, Kryptonite took the win 101-78.
The Masters League continues next Tuesday at 6pm at the CK Ray Rec Center. Come and see all the action!