Monday, April 27, 2009

Does the "i" in team go between the e and the a?

At times during Sunday's Hoops game vs. the SAIS Ballers, it felt a bit like the Knights were playing a selection team made up of every obnoxious player they have ever encountered in Guatemala. The dirty plays began almost from the tip of the ball and the trash talking soon followed.

Now one would think that after experiencing this kind of 'play' in Guatemala year-after-year, cooler heads would prevail. Instead of letting the bad plays and bad calls go ignored, a few members of the Knights lost their heads and had to be reminded, on more than one occasion, that this is a team effort.

One player who had the team spirit from the beginning was Jordyn (and Stat Girl's not just sayin this in some sort of chick solidarity either).Even after a day spent tackling the grass and hedges at Casa Crockett, Jordyn (the only girl on the roster this week) had to play the full 40 minutes, but she did a bang-up job and absolutely didn't shy away from some of the rough and tumble play and came up with two 3's and 14 points total...probably a bruise on her hip too after trying to save a ball late in the game.

In the end, despite his frustrations with his team, Bryan was able to rally the troops, calm them down (or more to the point, shut them up) and in the end, dirty plays, questionable calls, and trash talk aside, the Knights prevailed 60 to 46 to remain undefeated in the league.

The Stats
Bryan: 10 points/4.5 assists/7 rebounds
Jordyn: 14 points/3 assists/1 rebound
Jerrod: 16 points/3 assists/1 rebound
Sam: 3 points/6 assists/ 11 rebounds
Aniekan: 5 points/10 rebounds
Dario: 12 points/1 assist/6 rebounds

Next up: Sunday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. vs. Make It Rain

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hoops Sagrado's Co-Ed League Schedule

Sunday, April 26, 3:15 p.m. vs. SAIS Ballers

Sunday, May 3, 4:30 p.m. vs. Make It Rain

Sunday, May 10, 2 p.m. vs. Flight of the Airballs (call your mother before the game).

Sunday, May 17, 2 p.m. vs. SAIS Ballers

No games Memorial Day Weekend

Saturday, May 30, 12:45 p.m. vs. Stacey's Team

Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m. vs. Adam Morrison's Stache

Saturday, June 6, 2:15 p.m. vs. Stacey's Team

Let the games begin!

Like the Phoenix, the Hoops Sagrado Knights rose from the ashes of the off-season on Sunday to win the first game of the spring season of the Balance Co-ed League 92-48.

The Knights pretty quickly jumped out to a 10 point lead and the game was never any closer. Even though the glory days of a 3-team, 100+ point victory in Jacaltenango are merely memories now, the Knights played as if that was just yesterday.

In addition to being leading scorer, Jerrod had some great take aways, and old-school Knight Dario was a beast under the nets. As you would expect, our fearless leader Bryan was also the assist leader. Stat Girl is going to keep her promise of recording half assists for everytime Bryan makes a great pass, but then the player in the receiving end fails to make the basket.

Proving that questionable calls truly are international, Aniekan got into foul trouble fairly early in the first half, but the Zoloft kicked in around half-time and he was able to play the second half with relative calm.

Special kudos go to Tyler who as the only girl on Sunday's roster had to stay on the court for the full 40 minutes. Not only did she handle the time on the court well, but she also held her own amongst the guys and other women on the court.

As the stats below show, it was a solid effort by everyone and it was great to have the Knights back out on the court together as a team.

Sunday Stats:

Bryan: 15 points/ 9 assists/ 2 rebounds
Tyler: 9 points/ 2 assists/ 7 rebounds
Dario: 13 points/ 2 assists/ 12 rebounds
Jerrod: 26 points/4 assists/ 8 rebounds
Aniekan: 10 points/3 assists/ 3 rebounds
Shaq: 11 points/5 rebounds
Sam: 7 points/ 3 assists/ 4rebounds

Games are held at Balance Gym at 2200 California Street, NW.

Next game is Sunday, April 26 at 3:15 p.m. See you at the gym!