SPRING ‘18 WEEK 7 HIGHLIGHTS, VANCOUVER METRO BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Chrissy Benz
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Spring 2018
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May 29, 2018

And that concludes the Spring 2018 Regular Season. Full photo album on our Facebook Page.

Two long-standing Metro League rivals would meet in the final game of the regular season, neck and neck in the standings. Teams would battle from start to finish. For Ball So Hard Alan Hogan brought his game (and his voice) running and yelling all around the court on his way to 22 points and seven rebounds. Sofa King Good had a balanced attack in the first half allowing them to open up a narrow 34-31 lead at the half. In the second half, Sofa King Good stayed strong with four players entering double digit scoring and securing a 68-60 win.

What. A. Game. The top two teams in Div I would meet on the final night of Spring 2018, both with undefeated records and the top spot in the standings on the line. Entertaining from start to finish, the Stallions would hold a 40-33 lead at halftime thanks to the strong play of Prince Carino and Roger Sheung. Outworkcrew would comeback to tie the game at 54-54 with nine minutes left, and contributions coming from the entire team. Down one point with under 30 seconds to go Outworkcrew would take a two point lead on an “and-1” from Luka Zaharijevic. The Stallions would come up empty on the next possession and commit a foul with just 1.7 seconds left to play. Outworkcrew elected to miss the freethrow wanting to run off the clock, but a rebound and full court heave from the Stallions in that time span would strike backboard and rim, but not drop. Outworkcrew 76, Stallions 74.

Blouses would come out of the gates on fire opening up a double digit lead early while keeping the Agaveros off of the scoreboard. The Agaveros would come charging back to close the gap to just two points at the half. The teams would trade baskets the entire second half before the Agaveros would benefit from their size, with key offensive rebounds down the stretch. Jose Camargo would nail huge buckets in the final minutes that helped the Agaveros secure the 59-50 victory.

Defense was the name of the game between Academy and the Ultimate Warriors. This game featured a defensive intensity that was higher than normal. Academy would jump out to an early lead which they kept until half time led by a balanced attack. The Ultimate Warriors would score a number of baskets early in the second half off of the same baseline out of bounds play. Larry Stupar would knock down two huge triples down the stretch to help the Ultimate Warriors complete the comeback for a 55-49 win.

This was a game of two halves as undefeated The Party would face the Cushman Skyscrapers. In the first half the Cushman Skyscrapers gave The Party everything they had, led by Edgar Buksevics and Travis Zou on showing that their record did not reflect their play all-season. At the half The Party led 40-38. In the second half, The Party caught on fire. 3’s would rain down from all over the court as Niko Mottus would pour in eight “3’s” on the night while Ryan Shams would add four of his own. This offensive output couldn’t be matched by Cushman Skyscrapers  in the second and The Party cruised to a 104-67 victory.

Both Metro 1 and Humble Beast were looking to improve their records to avoid the low seeds heading into the playoffs. Humble Beast was hot out of the gate as Sam Moncur would score from all over the court for an early double digit lead. Metro 1 would fight back behind solid play of Kaelen McKnight and Anton Poburko. By halftime, Sam Moncur of Humble Beast had amassed 27 points and a 40-37 lead overall. In the second half Myka Tang-Blumenschein had the hot hand for Humble Beast as he started raining down shots from all over the court including a pair of back-to-back triples, once again opening up a double digit lead. For Metro 1, Paul Didenko came alive down the stretch knocking down a number of triples and a fast-break dunk to take the lead and close out Humble Beast.

TTP and Goon Squad matched up in a game that could make a late change to the middle of the Div II standings. The team chemistry that TTP has is something to be admired, as players are constantly moving - freeing each other for layups or open shots. Hot shooting combined with lockdown defense opened a 36-17 lead for TTP at the half. The Goon Squad would not give up early in the second half as they battled not letting the lead expand, however in the end TTP would take a 70-37 win.

Chrissy Benz

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