1:03PM EST, MARCH 28, 2014
TEAM STORM BOUNCES BACK TO BET BALTIMORE FINESSE (48-41)
Heading into its matchup against the Baltimore Finesse, Team Storm was in need of a pick-me up. On Sunday, Team Storm achieved exactly what they set out to do. They avoided a 3 game losing streak and got back in the win column as they beat the Baltimore Finesse.
“This is definitely a confidence booster,” guard Kevin said. “It’s been hard these last two games collapsing late in games. We’ve had a chip on our shoulder, so we can build off of this.”
It was encouraging to see Team Storm bounce back after two losses in a row. They played well, passing the ball, rebounding, shooting and staying together as a team.
What they were lacking the last few games was consistent play from their bigs, who had been absent for stretches over the past two games. But behind their two bigs (Thomas Abernethy 9pts and Deandre Crockett 7pts) on Sunday, they controlled the boards and made interior shots difficult for team Finesse. The tenacity and relentlessness in the paint, usually characteristic of this group, was back.
The Baltimore Finesse has dropped 3 in a row and look like a team spiraling out of control. But looks can be deceiving. Everyone knows what this team looked like in the beginning of the season, when strong defense and tenacity was the calling card of the team. I don’t think a few losses changes that for them. “We just need to get back to what we were doing in the beginning” Peanut.
We will see this week if the Storm can make it two wins in a row…Also can the Baltimore Finesse get back into the win column and make a strong playoff push. Sunday we will have the answers to that and more….
WHEAT HOPS AND BARLEY CONTINUE THEIR WINNING WAYS (71-44)
Wheat Hops and Barley knew the Red Rebels had come off a close game last week and were short-handed this week.
They had no intentions of taking it easy on them.
“Obviously, we knew they were short-handed and it was going to be rough on them,” Kulesz said.
“They had guys who were not able to show up for the game. They are a good team who is still trying to find themselves. We had lost to them previously, and wanted to make sure we didn’t give them the confidence early to beat us with 4.”
The Rebels who were short-handed kept pace early against WBH, with Quintel Harcum (20pts) fearlessly driving and knocking down shots, but it wasn’t enough.
Over the past few games, we’ve seen that the team play of WBH allows for everyone to shine. Their system creates opportunities for everybody, and tonight they took advantage of that. Under their facilitator, point guard Calvin Stanton, the ball movement in their structured offense allows them to get free and knock down open shots. Led by, Lucas Dowd (17 pts ) who stepped up and shot the ball well, only good things are ahead for WBH.
“It’s tough,” McCoy said. “We didn’t have our full complement of players and the way they pass and cut without the ball really, make it tough. They move the ball so much and being short-handed it tired us out on defense. And because we couldn’t rotate players in…we just ran out of gas.”
Hopefully this week the Rebels can bounce back and find a way to win….Can WHB continue their winning ways…we will see this Sunday.
TEAM SUPREME STEAMROLL OVER THE RUNNIN RENEGADES (76-66)
Team Supreme currently on a 5 game winning streak was all about hustle, and knocking down open shots. The #1 team in the league, played with the desperation of a team that was winless. They picked up their 6 straight win and have locked up the number 1 seed and a 1st rd BYE for the playoffs.
“We just wanted to send a message that we are the best team in the league,” Steve Burrell said.
Team Supreme jumped on the Running Renegades early thanks to the hot shooting of the league’s leading scorer Word. Word led the Supreme Team with 33pts, including 5 consecutive 3pt baskets in the first half.
The hot shooting of Team Supreme from behind the 3pt line, allowed them to jump out to a fast start and never look back. The Renegades made a late run, behind the strong play of Vander Bannister (23pts). His strong play and hustle in the second half, got the Renegades within 10 but where never a threat to beat Team Supreme.