The first week of games started us off on the right note with some hard fought, close games. The 7:00 games had one of last years semi-finalists Smolinsky versus one of the new teams, Nichol. With some new additions to the team, Smolinsky came out fast and took the lead. Although Smolinsky kept trying to push the pace, Nichol worked off the rust and got into the groove. Though they worked hard to comeback, Smolinksy held on and won 50-30. The second game featured Team Shah against Team Mackey. Shah returned most of the same team from last year, while Mackey was formed around one of the players from last season's individual team. Shah used their large height advantage and 3-point shooting to take this game, 57-34. Mackey improved their play throughout the game and will be a team to look out for in the coming games.
Week 2 saw some of the best games played here yet. The first game had Team Nichol against one of the unknowns, Team Kraus. Kraus came out real hot from the 3 point line and took a big early lead. Nichol played tough the entire game, but couldn't overcome the on point shooting of Kraus and went down 54-26. At 8:00, we had two returning teams from last year, but with some very different make-ups. Team Morrison is back as the champs from last year, but there was a big turnover in their roster. With the new roster learning to mesh, they kept it close, but ultimately fell to Team Smolinsky 39-30. Smolinsky looks strong so far with a good mix of the old and the new. The last game of the night quite possibly was the best league game we have ever had. Both teams, Mahoney & Kabilian, showed off impressive offensive games and were all tied up 53-53 going into overtime. In the end Mahoney pulled it off with some slick shooting and rebounding, with the final being 63-60. Mahoney looks like a much improved team from last year and Team Kabilian, looks ready to make a splash with much of the individual team from last year combined with some new faces.
Week 3 was again a great slate of games. The first squaring off the sharpshooting of Kraus vs. the physicality of Morrison. Though Kraus yet again got amazing 3 point shooting from a couple of their players, they just couldn't pull away. Morrison kept pounding the boards and with some great point guard play, kept up with Kraus. In the end, Kraus just kept hitting dagger after dagger and took the win 65-51. Game 2 pitted Shah vs. Mahoney in a match between similar rosters of last year. The undermanned Mahoney team went down big early thanks to a hot start by Shah, but they battled back and had the lead by halftime. Shah displayed great defense, but Mahoney kept fighting and took the win home 44-39 in a close game. In the last game of the evening, an short handed Mackey team just couldn't fight the height of Kabilian. Kabilian had a huge rebound advantage and took home a big win. Mackey will be looking to get back next week when it has its full compliment of players. Kabilian is looking strong and should be a force throughout the season.