The summer champs just keep on rolling on. Sams Ballers beat the Game Changers 81-61 powered by strong defense and a luxury of talent. While the margin of victory was 20, Game Changers did cut the deficit to single digits once. Boo Jackson (17 points) decided that it was a good time to get going and Sams Ballers rode the back of the talented scorer until they regained full control of the game.
The game started with an outstanding defensive effort from the Summer Champs, despite having a roster with a couple of players that aren’t typically known for their success on that end of the floor. That defense allowed them to get out to a 9-0 start, with good ball pressure and transition baskets. It took a while for Game Changers to hit their first shot, but Nate got it done when he drilled a three-pointer. What made the defensive effort more impressive is that they don’t have anything remotely resembling a big man on Sams Ballers. It’s essentially small ball, but they have a good mix of size in that starting five that gives the versatility needed to hit the glass and also push the ball up court. Antonio (12 points) threw down a two handed jam off the vertical in a half court possession and the ball movement was just beautiful for the summer champs.
Things didn’t go great for the Game Changers at all in the first half, as they trailed 41-22 at the break. They didn’t give in or give up as they started the half with a quick run on the strength of Benny and Nate. Sams Ballers would respond with a triple from Issac (11 points) to push their 12 point lead back to 15.
Then the teams had a brief stretch in which they took turns taking and making threes, the problem is trading baskets didn’t help the team that was trailing much. Game Changers started to dig in on the defensive end and the tide appeared to be turning. Like Sams Ballers at the start of the game, they used great defense to spark a run. All that great spacing from Sams Ballers in the first half? Gone. Replaced with sloppy passes and lack luster effort. It was an impressive run from Game Changers, a triple from Benny cut the lead down to six. The one time 20-point-lead dwindled all the way down to six and Game Changers started to truly believe they could get the job done.
Then it happened. Boo got going. Jackson has been working on his body the last couple of years and it’s showing, he’s able to now change speeds and with more suddenness. It started with a basket in transition in which he uses his strength and size to euro-step past two defenders and finish. The summer champs would decide to feed the hot hand while it lasted. Then Jackson got more help, Issac started to get going and before you knew it the six point lead had ballooned back to 14. Benny (14 points), Nate (12 points), and Melo (16 points) continued to score for their team, but they just couldn’t get enough stops. Sams Ballers would close the door on the Game Changers with an off-the-glass pass from Issac to Dante (8 points).