March Madness has come to the 2016 Men’s Spring League as the postseason got underway… but unlike the NCAA tournament this year, no upsets happened in our first round.
Game 1 saw top ranked Team Black facing the hardest working squad in the league, Team White. Black’s ball movement and inside-outside play saw them start quickly essentially forcing Team White to play catch-up for most of the game. Leading Team Black in the first half was Dan Penner where he scored 16 of his game-high 23 points, but he handed the ball to Alex Neily in the second half as he scored 10 of his 17 points including a deep three late to push the lead back into double digits. Team White’s top scorer was Mori Baccus with 21 points, but it was his three-point shooting that was so hot it set of the school’s fire alarm. Teammate Lance Martin chipped in with 19 points and the play of the game went to Ahmed Isse with a sweet soft hook that floated in with a swish. When the final buzzer went, there was a 76-64 Team Black victory.
Game 2 matched the second ranked Team Blue against an undermanned Team Red who was missing their top two players (and had to pick up a player per half just to have enough bodies). The game started off very hotly contested on both ends of the floor and Blue managed to maintain a slim lead for most of the game, even with a second-half Team Red surge lead by Anton Ponomarenko (scoring 13 of his team-high 21) that made the game very interesting. However, Team Blue’s Logan Harder took over at the 10 minute mark of the second half finding his stroke and started draining mid-range jumper after jumper for 19 of his game-high 25 points. Team Blue will now face Team Black after taking a 71-63 win in the semifinals.