Malden Neighborhood Basketball League News
Saturday, Jan. 20
Game 1 – Bullets 63, Hawks 62
Good game to kick off the weekend as the Boys in Blue got it done with the narrowest of victories (It was also a 1-point lead at the half), thanks to a strong effort from A. Mutebi dropping 18 of his game-high 31 in the 3rd quarter alone. And A. Sequar (20) helped preserve the big win. On the other side, R. Cole just seemed to get stronger each quarter and finished with 23 as L. Walker (18) and J. Nunez (12) also kept the game close throughout the contest.
Game 2 – Pistons 41, Sonics 37
All cylinders are primed and ready for battle, so it may seem in the PC camp. Thanks to a 13-7 4th quarter edging, the Pistons got the win as M. Tafese (15) and M. Niboh (13) led the way. Sonics played well and were only down 1 at the half but couldn’t capitalize late in the game, hence the loss. Newly acquired J. Serrano led the team with 13, and G. Louisne (8) had a nice strong game for the defending champs.
Game 3 – Celtics 69, Lakers 42
The Emerald jump into 1st and jumped out 21-13 after one quarter then handed a tough challenge to the purple & gold squad as the Lakers couldn’t generate the energy the Celts could all game. Leading the way again was M. Preziosa (25) with S. Cherefant and N. Daniel notching a 10-spot each. For the Lakers, R. Moore (20) and J. Dicks (13) were the leading scorers in the loss.
Sunday, Jan. 21
Game 1 – Pistons 68, Bullets 60
Three in a row now for the surging Pistons, as they knock off the bullets in OT. Thanks to a great free throw pct. in the OT, hitting 11 of 13, the Pistons got the win behind M. Tafese (22), K. Williams (16, “who was a perfect 8-8 in FT in the OT”) and M. Niboh (11). The Bullets’ T. Baizley (19) and B. Chen (18) were the only offensive fire for the Blue in this extra-inning loss, so to speak.
Game 2 – Sonics 47, Lakers 38
Defending champs got off the schneid, as they say, after very strong 2nd and 3rd quarters – and only allowing the Lakers 4 points in the 4th. J. Serrano led all scorers with 20, and J. Montiero added 16 in this victory for the champs. Lakers offense struggled for the 2nd straight time and after a rare offensive output by the Lakers showcased the lone standout on offense for the purple. And it was J. Bridgman-Dicks with 11.
Game 3 – Sixers 52, Kings 43
The Kings, after a decent 1st half were up 7 after 1 and down 2 at the half – came out extremely flat in the 2nd half. T. Germaine led the team with 19 (which was the game high), but he was the only one in double-digit scoring. For the Sixers, J. Regis and U. Lebron did most of their damage in the 2nd and 4th quarters, and they finished with 16 each.
This weekend’s games
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2018 Malden Neighborhood Basketball League Stats
|Celtics||3||0||0||W – 3|
|Hawks||3||1||0.5||L – 1|
|Pistons||3||1||0.5||W – 3|
|Sixers||2||1||1||W – 2|
|Bullets||2||2||1.5||L – 1|
|Lakers||1||3||2.5||L – 3|
|Sonics||1||3||2.5||W – 1|
|Kings||0||4||3.5||L – 4|