7:30: The Soldiers 84 (2-0), Contract Killers 67 (1-1)
After a week one victory, Contract Killers couldn’t keep it going. But The Soldiers could in convincing fashion. All six Soldier players had at least 10 points, with Will Haynes taking the lead at 19 and Terrence Thomas adding 18. Jon Hunt had a 13 point, 11 rebound double-double.
Bill Ioannides came off the bench to lead his team with 16 points. “Wild Bill” was 4-for-8 from downtown. Joey Gladney and Brett Williams had 15 points apiece but shot just 6-for-18 and 6-for-16 respectively.
Player of the Game: Jon Hunt
7:30: Giv3 N’ Go (2-0) 91, The Sizzle (0-2) 76
Giv3 N’ Go is looking really, really good. Alex Baird went 7-of-7 from the free throw line and finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Brad McCallan had 18 points, 10 rebounds and shot an efficient 7-of-11 from the field, also making 4 out of 5 free throws. Big man Jordan Eppink pulled in 18 big rebounds and blocked 3 shots. Three other players scored in double figures: Martin Salinas (19), Prince Benitez (15) and Colin Curran (14).
Player of the Game: Alex Baird
8:30: Easy Money 73 (1-1), Tropics 68 (0-2)
Limping his way into the gym, Benny Valentine toughed it out and then some. He hit his first two three’s and finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. All five starters scored double figures for Easy Money as they rebounded from a week one blowout loss. Kreston Martin and Kevin Emesiani had 10 rebounds and double-doubles.
Newcomer Brandon Long led the Tropics in scoring with 23 points but needed that many shots to get it. He did, however, contribute 8 assists. At the expense of those attempts were the steady hands of Adam Miller and Lorenzo Prats. Miller had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Prats had 16 points as well as a monster night on the glass grabbing 15 rebounds. Absalom Barnes had 14 points and 13 rebounds as well.
Player of the Game: BJ Valentine
Valentine’s return puts Easy Money in the win column after a loss that tied their whole total of losses from the Summer.
8:30: Getting Older 115 (2-0), Bucket Squad 59 (0-2)
See Brian Gahan notes below. Worthy of its own section but not to dismiss some other great efforts from Getting Older. Donte Smith had another big one with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. Eric Culberson had a dynamic outing with 14 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and also had 3 blocks. Ben Pemberton knocked out a triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Bryant Nash Jr. had a comparatively pedestrian game of 8 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks.
For the Bucket Squad, Steve Platt had 18 points. Off the bench, Jared Steele had 11 points and 5 rebounds.
Player of the Game: Brian Ghana
From the preview: Gahan had a game of nine three-pointers last year. If there’s a game to get ten, is this it?
He had 11. And 53 points.