It’s playoff time! Just like the Friday night Recreational League, the Saturday UCL kicked off its postseason last week. Eight teams, all fighting for the Championship. There’s nothing better than playoff basketball!
Today I’ll be recapping all of the quarterfinals matchups and giving you guys the schedule for the semis and Championship Game. Along with each recap, you’ll find a video of the game. I (Connor Groel) have also started doing the commentary for these games, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Alright, let’s do it.
#2 Ball Up (98) vs. #7 Wolves (79)
Our first game took place at 5:30, between Ball Up and the Wolves. Ball Up were the favorites in this matchup and set the tone early. They raced to a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter and dropped 50 in the first half to lead 50-36 at the break.
Leading Ball Up was Corvest Thompson with 15 points. Jonathan added 14, while both Tre Grice and Jason McNeese had 13. Wolves weren’t as balanced, with the majority of their scoring come from Gerry Glover (34) and Shevion Wesley (20). Additionally, Dhunta Wyatt grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out six assists.
For most of the game, Ball Up led by between 10 and 15 points. Wolves hit big shots to keep themselves within striking distance but just couldn’t get stops. Ball Up advanced 98-79.
#1 Kings of the Court (83) vs. #8 B2F Lions (81)
This second matchup proved that there are no easy victories. The #1 seed Kings of the Court talked a big game about winning in a blowout, and early it looked like they might be right. They exploded to a 17-2 just a few minutes into the game, drawing an early timeout from B2F during that run.
However, once again, B2F showed their resiliency, first trading buckets, but then getting the lead down to six by halftime. Deshaun Lowery of B2F led the game with 31 points and also gathered 10 rebounds. Damien Harris had 12 points and 15 boards, with John Lolio and Everrete Richardson each adding 12 points.
A huge run from B2F in the third quarter saw them actually lead by as many as eight points before Kings of the Court made a run of their own to lead by six in the fourth quarter. Five players for Kings of the Court scored between 14 and 16 points. Kyren Peacock had a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.
John Lolio made a putback with less than 10 seconds remaining to cut the lead to two, and then Damien Harris stole the ball to set up Deshaun Lowery with a potentially game-winning three. However, the shot missed, and Kings of the Court survived 83-81.
#3 Oreo Crackers (73) vs. #6 WhyTryLose (69)
Continuing with the theme of no easy victories, the #3 seed Oreo Crackers took on #6 WhyTryLose, who actually beat the Oreos in the final game of the regular season. Neither team led by more than a few baskets throughout the entire game.
WhyTryLose led for most of the first half, but Oreos took a four-point lead into halftime. While WhyTry took the lead back at times, the Oreos continued to lead by four after the third quarter, and at the end of the game.
Chris Collier led the way for the Oreos with 27 points. Jesse Jackson added 17, Ian Bradley 14, and Terrance Morris came up an assist away from a triple-double. He had 10 points, 15 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Dmarcus Fitch had a game-high 29 for WhyTry, and Rocko Hadnot put up 14 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t quite enough. Oreo Crackers 73, WhyTryLose 69.
#4 And 1 (68) vs. #5 Raptors (64)
Finally, And 1 took on the Raptors in the final matchup of the night. The #4 and #5 seeds, there wasn’t much separation between these two teams either. And 1’s Jason O’Bryant was his usual self, with 28 points, while Cory Walker dropped 21. Chris Mays matched Walker’s 21 points for the Raptors, and Marcus “Milkman” Milner had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
And 1 led by four after the first quarter, but that lead was trimmed to just one at halftime. The lead grew for And 1 in the second half, but once again, the Raptors pulled it back to make things interesting late. There just wasn’t enough time on the clock, though, and And 1 advanced 68-64.
The season will conclude this Saturday, July 14, with two semifinals at 5:30 and 6:30, and the Championship Game at 8:30. Be sure to come to The Woodlands United Methodist Church or tune in on Facebook to see us crown this season’s champions!