7:00: MMG 104 (1-1), Golden Gophers 74 (0-2)
MMG made it’s legitimate debut and put up the highest point total of the week. Max Nakwaasah put up a monstrous 27 point, 16 rebound, 12 assist triple-double. His season debut slots him 8th on the Ultimate Hoops National leaderboard. This was my first time seeing Zach Henningsen play and he scored 37 points on 19 shots, going 8-of-14 from three. I’ve seen all I need to make this (not so bold) statement: this dude can ball.
Player of the Game: Maxx Nakwaasah
For the Gophers, they lost another one by a hefty margin but scored much better this week. Antonio Harris had 26 points but took another whopping of shots with 23 attempts. He added 12 rebounds. The team shot 5-of-21 from downtown...won’t cut it.
8:00: Contract Killers 86 (1-1), Black Beatles 74 (0-2)
After getting upset in week one by The Soldiers, the Contract Killers bounced back and handed the Beatles their second straight loss. Jeremy Jones led the way with 25 points and nine assists but did have an unsettling eight turnovers. The team added big man Justen Overstreet, who didn’t have a great game this time out but is an excellent addition. My player to watch, Alec Harris, had 19 points, eight rebounds (three offensive) and four assists.
Player of the Game:Alec Harris
The Beatles got 21 from James Blackmon. He hit half of his 10 three point tries. Reggie Britton had a 12 point, 10 rebound double-double with five assists.
8:00: The Soldiers 64 (2-0), Tropics 61 (0-2)
Coming off a huge win, The Soldiers were back to a lot of their old ways in this one. They argued (often with each other) and were a distraction from basketball, but they also have Paul Starr. Not sure what they would do without him. Not win this game, for starters. Starr led a furious comeback and had multiple ridiculously clutch shots down the stretch, including the game-winning three pointer from half court. Yeah. Half court. Nailed it.
Player of the Game: Paul Starr
He ended up with 25 points, making 7-of-13 three’s. Jon Hunt had nine points and eight rebounds off the bench. The Tropics struggled big time this game and really are trying to find an identity. Literally. Their roster is in flux going into week three.
9:00: Easy Money 81 (2-0), Too Much Sauce 67 (1-1)
The game I was most looking forward to was a letdown because of numbers. Too Much Sauce only had five players and would have loved to have five more timeouts. They started off solid before gassing out. Matt Thompson had 25 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on 6-of-11 three’s.
Player of the Game: Kevin “Chip” Green Kevin Green
A slow first half shooting wise kept a fatigued Too Much Sauce in the game, but Chip got hot in the second half and decided the contest. He finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.
9:00: Giv3 N’ Go 90 (2-0), Torch 83 (1-1)
For the second straight season, G&G start 2-0. The Torch looked good, even in defeat. Martin Salinas led the winning team with 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting. He knocked down an insane 8-of-12 three pointers. But missed two free throws. The game has changed. Thanks, Steph. Adam Bush had 18 points, 7 rebounds and chipped in three assists.
Player of the Game: Martin Salinas
All five Torch players scored in double figures. No bench hurt them, though. Kreston Martin had a game-high 29 points on 9-of-17 overall shooting. He added nine rebounds while Quinton Taylor picked up five steals and Tim Moore recorded three blocks.