The Winter season is coming to a close and the games are getting intense as several teams are still fighting for the final playoff spots and there is competition for the higher seed positions. The playoffs take only the top 6 teams as as of the end of week 7, nine teams still have a shot at making the playoffs with only 2 weeks to go. Also of note this week was the Savages defeat of the previously undefeated Aces. Now both teams are top of the standings with 6 and 1 marks.
Swag 70, Hoosiers 52: Swag and the Hoosiers squared off evenly for the first quarter of the game, finding themselves separated by a point at 15-14 for Swag. But then came three tide of baskets by Swag for which the Hoosiers has no answer. The first was a 9-0 run and a second run of 6-0 right before the half putting Swag up 38-27. Then after the half Swag, holding a ten point lead, took off on their third run, this one being 10-0 putting them up 21 points at 57-36.
The Hoosiers could not overcome that margin and ended losing 70-52. The two time league champions are in jeopardy of not making the playoffs this winter season.
Redskins 48, Bulls 38: In an interesting reversal of last year’s semifinal matchup – Redskins and Bulls – the Bulls started off with a lead after a 10-0 run. Then the Redskins slowly took them out of their up tempo game and being large on the boards.
The Redskins took off on a 10-3 run for the final 5 minutes of the half to level the game at 22-22. The Redskins then when into their methodical game operation building up a 10 point lead with about 6 to play in the game. After several long range attempts by the Bulls the Redksins prevailed at 48-35
SWAT 55, Wolves 43: The Wolves were persistent and wouldn’t go away in their match with SWAT. They stayed in touch with SWAT, trailing by only 6 at the half and then only trailing by 3, 34-31, with about 11 minutes to go. A 12-2 run in the middle of the second half by SWAT put the Wolves at a major disadvantage to make up a 13 point deficit with just over 8 minutes to play and down 46-33. They could not over come the defict despite making a couple three pointers and eventually lost 55-43
La Fortuna 62, Regulators 36: La Fortuna got a slow start but then scored often and alot to put this match away early in the second half. The game began with the teams trading baskets and leads with six lead changes in the first ten minutes. But then La Fortuna commenced: they ran off a 15-2 run to go into half time up 25-15. After the half La Fortuna went off on an 11-2 run followed by a 9-0 run to put the Regulators in a 27 point deficit with over ten minutes left in the game. La Fortuna continued on the similar pace to end the game with 62-26. The win does not guarantee La Fortuna a playoff position, but puts them in very good shape for one and places pressure on the ‘bubble’ teams.
Savages 34, Aces 31: In a much anticipated match the two top league teams squared off – the first place and undefeated Aces and the second place Savages. In a very defensive, tense and dramatic battle the game see sawed the entire match with 9 lead changes, no lead larger than 5 points.
With just under a minute to play and the score 27-26 Aces, Gerardo Parra grabbed 5 precious points in a matter of a half a minute that turned the game. Savages were down a point when Parra nailed a three pointer giving the Savages a two point lead at 29-27. Then the next time down the court, Parra hit a lay-in raising the lead to 31-27; and in such a tight battle and few points, 5 points proved to be a large margin Still the Aces were not done. They closed the lead to just 3 after a couple of free throws and put the game within a three point shot for the final half minute. But the Savages held on and won at 34-31.
These two teams are now tied for first place and are good candidates to secure first round byes in the playoffs.