7:30: Contract Killers 91 (1-0), The Sizzle 80 (0-1)
In a game featuring two potential breakout teams, the Contract Killers came out on top, just as they did more times than not this Summer. Brett Williams led the way with 21 points and made 11-of-15 shots. Joey Gladney and Dave Beck posted 20 points apiece. Alec Harris added 18 and Beck also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Harris had seven assists, Bill Ioannides had six.
The Sizzle’s new asset Johntel Franklin led all scorers with 24 points. Unfortunately, he needed 25 shots to do so. Justin Williford similarly scored 14 points on 14 shots. Ram Haddas had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Antonio Blackmon had a dynamic line that included five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Player of the Game: Brett Williams
7:30: Give N’ Go 93 (1-0), Tropics 81 (0-1)
Martin Salinas was ready for the season to begin, to say the very least. He came out red hot and just kept firing all game long. He finished with 35 points and made an astonishing 11-of-17 three-pointers. Newcomer Alex Baird posted a versatile stat line of 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. However, he will need to keep the turnovers in check. He had six.Brad McCallan added 13 points/seven rebounds and Adam Bush had eight points and nine rebounds. Prince Benitez led the game with seven assists. Jordan Eppink came off the bench with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Tropics used a 1-2 punch of elite stature to stay in this game. Healed from injury, Lorenzo Prats was back with a vengeance. He had 30 points and made 8-of-16 from downtown, a number that would steal headlines if not for Salinas on the other end. Prats also collected 13 rebounds. Adam Miller had 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. He also went 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
Player of the Game: Martin Salinas
8:30: The Soldiers 102 (1-0), Bucket Squad 61 (0-1)
The 8:30 slate of games were snoozers, no way around it. The Soldiers took the Bucket Squad to task behind the play of Paul Starr.. He put up 16 big ones to go along with 11 assists. Jesse Wilson followed suit by posting 18 points in his season debut. The Soldiers bigs were clutch on the glass. Jon Hunt and Will Haynes had nine rebounds, Terrence Thomas had eight.
The Bucket Squad were led in scoring by newcomer Steve Platt. He had 20 points. Marquis Garrett had a great game as well, tallying a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, including five of the offensive variety.
Player of the Game: Paul Starr
8:30: Getting Older 110 (1-0), Easy Money 66 (0-1)
GOB picked up right where they left off, if not more than that. In Getting Older fashion, all seven active players scored in double figures. Kenneth Cage and Donta Smith had 23, Jeramiah Hopkins 17, Brian Gahan 16, Erik Rouls 11 and Bryant Nash Jr. and Ben Pemberton had 10. Smith and Pemberton had double-doubles, the former with 12 rebounds and the latter 11. Smith had four offensive rebounds, Pemberton five. Gahan and Nash had seven rebounds each. Also impressively, six GOB’ers had at least four assists. Cage Uno Dos and Pemberton tied for the lead with five. The team shot 59 percent, with such figures as 12-of-13 total for Cage and 10-of-13 excluding a three-point attempt for Smith.
No Benny Valentine or Kevin Green didn’t do Easy Money any favors.Brandon Barkley picked up the slack with 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting. He also was a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. Kevin Emesiani posted nine points and 11 rebounds and was back at his shot blocking ways with two in the season debut.
Player of the Game: Donte Smith