Plano: Play-In Games by Asher Feltman
7:15: Easy Money 79, Contract Killers 52
Not expected to be a barnburner, this one simply just burned. As noted in the preview, the Contract Killers could aim for the upset by shooting a high percentage. Instead they shot 39 percent and fell behind early. Three players topped out at 12 points. They did dominate the glass, outrebounding Easy Money 41 to 28. But again, shooting. They made just three three-pointers on 22 tries (14%).
Player of the Game: Erik Adams
Playing this one without both of their Kevin’s (Emasiani and “Chip” Green), they received help in the name of Erik Adams. Adams scored 29 points to lead the team with B.J. Valentine adding 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Brandon Barkley is healthy after rolling his ankle two weeks ago. He stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Onto the next one for the league’s best team.
8:15: Giv3 N’ Go 108, Black Beatles 92
After watching the league’s top team take care of business, second-seeded Giv3 N’ Go had a job to do as well. The Contract Killers didn’t press Easy Money at all, but the Black Beatles have been incredibly good the past few weeks after starting the season a forgettable 0-5. The Beatles scored a robust 92 points but the league’s best offense belongs to Giv3 N’ Go and so does a win as well as an advance to the semi-finals. The Beatles played with just five but all contributed double digit point totals. Kobie Douglas (11-of-19 shooting, 6-of-8 from three) finished the year in peak form. Reggie Britton added 20 and the Beatles shot a clean 50 percent (15-of-30) from beyond the arc. They’re definitely a sleeper pick going into the spring season.
Player of the Game: Brett Bailey
Bailey missed a handful of games in the middle of the season but has returned with two very, very big games. He dominated the guard heavy Black Beatles and finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Fellow big Adam Bush also abused the undersized opponent (something I also noted in my preview; turns out I know what I’m talking about!) to the tune of 20 points and nine rebounds. Martin Salinas and Prince Benitez both had 14 to round out another potent night for G&G.