After Black tied the game at two, the Reds built leads of seven and eight. With the score 20-12 just before the half, Black outscored Red 16-7 to take the game at the end. The winless Black team had lost to the Reds by over forty points a few weeks ago, but the powers that be were determined to get them a win, by hook or by crook. Even though the Blacks suited up nine of their own players, they were also able to recruit two of the best players in the league: the tall twins from the Blue team. Had they not played, the Reds would’ve won easily.
The Reds played without their leading rebounder Chris, who was nursing a foot injury. Leading scorer Ryan hit a half-court buzzer-beater to end the first quarter, but spent the rest of the game more focused on making spectacular plays than playing solid basketball. Up only one point late in the game, Ryan turned the ball over while attempting a behind-the-back pass. He missed all four free throws: one was an air ball. Darryl also had a rough game, making only one shot while turning it over numerous times.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Red scored to put the lead at three.
Ryan: 16 pts, 10 RB, 8 steals, BLK…7-16, 0-4
Ethan: 4 points, 5 RB, assist…1-4, 0-2
Darryl: 2 points, 7 RB, 5 steals…1-5
Sam: 2 points, 6 RB, steal…1-4
Rolf: one point, 5 RB…0-2, 1-2
Tristan: 7 rebounds, assist
In two weeks Ernie Johnson Jr will speak at the awards banquet, as well as at both morning services at Mt Zion UMC.