2011 Men's PROLEAGUE RECAP - Wk 3
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2011 Men's Pro League Recap - WEEK 3
Week 3 of the league started with a bang as the Bro Kings outlasted Dem Boyz 72-64. Jamar Howard had a long day at work before the game, but he went right back to it in the post scoring 13 in the first half and finishing with 26 to lead his team. Dem Boyz countered with an inspired Stu Wright and his physical brand of basketball. He dropped 23 by the end of the game, but the defense of the Bro Kings was just too much. Christian Moody altered numerous shots in the post and Steven Vinson used his active hands to create multiple turnovers. Talent is not the problem at all with Dem Boyz. They have big time scorers up and down their lineup, but everyone must figure out their role on the team to create victories. The Bro Kings are in the driver’s seat right now with a 3-0 record behind balanced scoring and a defense that contests every shot and we are still awaiting the arrival of Jeff Hawkins to the team. We shall see if anyone can end their run.
Game 2 of the night was the battle of the bottom feeders with Da Squad getting their first win over Enterprise 94-75. With Jeff Graves suspended, someone had to step up for Da Squad and that someone was Stephen Green. The big man made his season debut with 17 first half points and finished with 27 for the game. Monty Taylor stepped it up in the 2nd half with 18 points to finish with 30. Enterprise was led by Russell Adell and Chris Lallar who both scored 20 and kept their team in the game before running out of gas in the last 10 minutes. Stephen Green drove home the reality that Enterprise needs a big man in the middle to control the paint and provide some scoring. In this league, you must have someone 6’6 or taller or your chances of winning diminish. Da Squad got their first win with only four players and brought back a former MVP, Vince Smith, to form a solid team. They will need to step it up even more in the coming weeks to get into contention.
The last game of the night produced an improbable ending as Team Jay won on free-throws over the Gym Rats 103-101. Team Jay got off to a blistering start led by Ben Jacobson and his 28 first half points. He finished with 43 including 8 threes and should have added more. With about 4 minutes left in the game Jacobson fouled out leaving Team Jay with just 3 players on the court. His team was up by 11 at that point, but the Gym Rats were ready to make a run. VI controlled the 2nd half for the rats with 20 points including two late threes that brought his team even closer. With under a minute to go, Team Jay started turning the ball over, and James Lake took advantage with 3 threes in a row. His last one put the Gym Rats on top by 1 with just 8 seconds to play. Under normal circumstances, you call a time out, let your players know what the situation is and draw up a play. The Gym Rats let the play go on and Brandon Burgette was fouled in the act of shooting with 1.7 seconds to go. A mental error put Team Jay on the line and Burgette was cool under pressure knocking down all three free throws to give his team the win. I know he’ll take those free throws over the 54 points he scored last week. The Gym Rats seem to suffer heartbreak at every turn, but I’m sure the result will make them better next week. If they can get Chad Fleming back from a twisted ankle, they will have a solid front line with newcomer Hunter Henry. Team Jay moves to 2-1 and they seem to have a totally different team each week. John Hawkins has been there each game and his defense and finishing ability make him a difference maker. If they can get Brandon Burgette, Ben Jacobson, John Hawkins, and Kareem Rush on the floor together watch out.
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