Things were tense down the stretch in a close game between Sure Shot and Core, a one possession game with less than 20 seconds left in the game. Sure Shot with the unforced error, a costly one at that. JR (15 points) drives and swings the ball to Adam (11 points) who had a foot out of bounds. Dave gets fouled and hits both shots from the charity stripe, giving Core a four point lead. Eight seconds left, Caiden (four points) misses a triple, and Cliff scores was the buzzer sounds. Core survives and wins 76-70, Cliff had 38 points to lead the way for Core and Chris Penn led Sure Shot with 24 points.
Sure Shot starts the second half in a zone, in hopes of slowing down Cliff and Core. Penn starts the half aggressive, nearly hitting an incredibly difficult shot at a very crazy angle. Sure Shot starts to make a run, but Cliff hits a deep triple. They stick with the zone and it’s helping a bit, but they still trail under 14 minutes in the game. The zone is working against Core well for everyone except Cliff who just doesn’t care about defenders contesting. Sure Shot cuts the lead to two after a quick run that was fueled by defense and horrible passes from Core.
Penn is feeling it, hits a big triple to tie the game at 51. Teams trading baskets, Cliff making a late bid for MVP. Showing faith in teammates, with him going off, distributing the ball gave teammates wide open shots. Some really good ball movement from both teams. Core really finding Dave, who’s made himself available in soft spots of the zone defense. Penn is coming up huge for Sure Shot, scoring in a myriad of ways to keep them in it.
Penn taking upon himself to guard Cliff, but he’s the only one playing defense or at least taking the challenge personally. Using common sense, Core chooses to isolate that matchup and try to feed Cliff in the post. Sure Shot fighting back, cuts the lead to three with less than two minutes left. Adam at the line with a chance to cut the lead, but he splits the pair. Penn fouls out trying to get a pass, Sure Shot falling apart. Both teams spent more time arguing with the refs, or their coach (Sure Shot) than playing hard. Howard hits two free throws to push the lead to 71-67. Caiden drills a triple to cut the lead to one. Cliff heads to the line as part of the foul game and hits both, it’s a 2 point game with 21 seconds left.
Uptempo game to start but a ton of shots and misses early on, Cliff scores first four points of the game. Splitting a pair at the line and then hitting a triple in transition. Penn hits a couple of walk up jumpers for Sure Shot to cut the lead to 10-5. Sure Shot would rally though, using the long ball to tie it up and then take the lead 18-15. Sure Shot would lose the lead a few minutes later as they had several unforced errors on the offensive end. Ball handlers were picking their dribble up much to early, passes were sloppy and late. Core was playing some defense, but it wasn’t as if it was of the suffocating variety. Penn cut the lead to two with a deep triple off the wing. Cliff is doing whatever he wants, whenever he wants. He had a stretch with a thunderous baseline dunk, a pull-up jumper, and a hanging floater in the lane on which he was fouled. Core held a 38-31 lead at the break