Malden Neighborhood Basketball League
March Madness Results
Saturday, March 17
Game 1 – Celtics 49, Lakers 43
The 1st-place Celtics were put to the test as the Lakers showed why they earned the last spot in the madness. The purple were handling the emerald in the 1st half, which I’m sure had the green caught off guard. As they went up 8 after one and 6 at the half, the Celts finally came alive in the 3rd with a 13-6 edge, going into the final frame & eventually holding onto this 6-point victory. M. Preziosa had a phenomenal shooting day from the line, going 8-8 and leading his team with 21 – on the other side another great shooting performance from Lakers B. Stickney, who hit five deep 3’s in the game and ended with 18 in this gallant effort from the purple & gold.
Game 2 – Bullets 57, Hawks 53
Day 1’s Bullets outlasted the quick start Hawks. The Bullets never trailed at the end of any quarter in this one; they got the job done to make it back to the MNBL Big Dance. But the Hawks, after not having a lead, made a good game of it – Down 4, Down 14, Down 16, Lose by 4, thanks to a very nice comeback by L. Walker (25) and J. Nunez (11) and the rest of the squad, that fell just shy of going to another game. The Bullets were carried by the ‘A’ team & once again by the consistent A. Mutebi (24), A. Sequar (13) and A. Jonassaint (12).
Sunday, March 18
Annual Game – All Stars 67, Coaches 66
The Players outlasted a late Coaches comeback. Defense was lacking, passing was lacking, team play was lacking – but fun was had and the players got to gloat behind “Sixers” J. Regis (13), “Sonics” J. Montiero (12), “Pistons” M. Niboh (11) & “Kings” M. Cherif (11) The coaches were coached by “Kings” Cliff “Mr. 3 dozens” Williams, and he almost saw his record wiped out by “Celtics” Joe Young (32); also helping out was “Pistons” Chuck Washington (11). The Coaches did their best – down 10 at the half, then down 12 after 3. To make a furious comeback like they did shows the competitive fire the coaches will always have!
3-Point Contest – won by Lakers All Star Billy Stickney; Hot Shot Contest – won by another Lakers All-Star, Raushad Moore
Championship Game – Bullets 53, Celtics 50 OT
What a competitive weekend – capped off with this Gem of a game! A rematch of last year’s 1st round matchup, same result – tied after 1, down 3 after 2, up 4 after 3, tied again after 4 – we’re going to OT, baby. Won by 3 as the Bullets are your 2018 MNBL Champions. Getting retribution for last year’s finals loss against the Sonics, you can say the Bullets won it at the line, just going by the stats. A. Mutebi went 10-13 and A. Sequar went 6-7 as they carried their team to victory with Mutebi dropping a game-high 25 and Sequar with 12. The Celts did their due diligence by attempting revenge from last year’s loss to the Bullets as they kept it close, played the D’, Did the research, Crossed the T’s, Dotted the I’s, but fell just shy in OT. Tis the MNBL, when you just never know who’s gonna win the Big One?
Regular Season Final Standings
|MALDEN NEIGHBORHOOD BASKETBALL LEAGUE|
|Celtics* – c||11||3||0||W-1|
|Hawks – c||11||3||0||W-3|
|Bullets – c||10||4||1||L-1|
|Lakers – c||7||7||4||W-3|
|C – Playoff Bound *Clinched 1st|