Wednesday, June 11, 2008

BBall Team Breaks Second Round Jinx

On Monday night, my church league basketball team acheived a hard fought victory. Our team matched up against a fairly athletic team with a couple guys who were around 6' 4" or 6' 5". I started off the game hot, hitting four three's in the first half along with a few other two point scores. This allowed us to get out to an early lead of 15-10. Then, they came roaring back to take a 29-20 lead.

Our team showed great character in the second half. Down by ten early in the half, one of our players named Jason Barber came up with back to back to back steals. Two of them he converted to layups, and the other one he got fouled and made his free throws! Just like that, we were back in the game.

The whole second half was a total team effort as different players contributed by making big shots, grabbing critical rebounds, hitting free throws, diving for loose balls, etc. Despite our solid play, the game still came down to the wire. We were up 55-52 with 17 seconds left; their ball. I reminded the team, "don't foul a three point shooter". Lo and behold, they got the ball at the top of the key, and we fouled the three point shooter. I must admit, it was a terrible call and I don't think we even touched them, but let's face it, it's a weeknight church league so we should be thankful we have referees at all. Luckily for us, our opponent clanked his first free throw, and then missed the next two as well.

We won the game 55-52 and were all in great moods, feeling proud of our win.

Our round 3 playoff game is Monday, 6/16, at 9pm. It's the semifinals, so a win brings us to the championship game. I was lucky enough to play on some championship teams in my life, but it's been awhile, and I would love to play on another one, even if it is only an east san jose bball church league.

Check back in next Tuesday or Wednesday to see how we did.

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