January 19 2018,  Malden

Malden Neighborhood Basketball League News

Saturday, Jan. 6 – “Snowed Out!”

 

Sunday, Jan. 7

Game 1 – Hawks 42, Kings 34

The bottom two teams from last year faced off to officially kick of the start of 2018. The Kings offense struggled and were just out-hustled at the end of the game – and were led by T. Germaine (13). The Hawks, on the other hand, turned on another gear in the third, going up 9 at the end of 3 and outlasting their opponent. Their scoring was fueled by L. Walker (19) and A. Alterio (12).

Game 2 – Celtics 47, Sonics 26

The emerald came out strong and went up 30-18 at the half and beat down the 2017 defending champs on their quest to repeat. M. Preziosa had 18 for the green, including 4 from behind the 3 point arch. The Sonics just didn’t show the power they ended last season with; leading the way was third-year senior G. Louisne with 10 for his squad.

Game 3 – Bullets 61, Sixers 29

The Boys in Blue exploded in their season debut behind first-year player A. Mutebi, who dropped 31 for the game, as they held the Sixers scoreless in the 1st quarter and only allowed 8 points in the first half. A. Baires led the way for the crimson with 12, and J. Revis also chipped in with 11 as they suffered this tough loss to end the day.

 

Saturday, Jan. 13

Game 1 Hawks 58, Pistons 57

The Hawks squeezed out this one thanks to L. Walker scoring 24 of his game-high 34 in the second half as the Pistons entire team only scored 19 in the second half. J. Nunez of the Hawks also added 14 of his own points in the win. M. Tafese – 26. M. Niboh (11) was the reason the Pistons came out the gate fast but just faltered slightly at the end.

Game 2 Celtics 47, Bullets 44

The Green had hold of the Blue in this close game from start to finish. The Celts had to rally up a 14-8 edge in the final frame, behind M. Preziosa (18) or we could be reading a different ending. On the flip side, the Bullets were led by first year player A. Mutebi (14), once again leading the way on offense.

Game 3 Lakers 54, Kings 38

The second oldest rivalry was at it again as the BFFs battled the last game on Saturday, and for the third straight time the purple & gold got the victory. The Kings actually had the lead at halftime, but the Lakers had the edge in the fourth, outscoring the black & white, 14-6, and walking away with a nice win. Newest Laker J. Bridgeman Dicks led the way with 20. B. Stickney had 17 and R. Moore helped with 14. Putting in work for the Kings were T. Germaine (13) and A. Chen (11).

 

Sunday, Jan. 14

Game 1 Hawks 49, Lakers 43

The Hawks went up by 7 at the break as the Lakers started off slow again but made a gallant effort in the second half but fell a lil short; R. Moore (25) and B. Stickney (10) gave them the offense needed in the comeback attempt. Last season the Hawks were looking up all year – what a turnaround – so far they are looking down. J. Nunez (18) and L. Walker (16) had some timely defensive team stops near the end.

Game 2 Sixers 56, Sonics 37

The Crimson got their first win of the season behind a strong effort from J. Regis (19) and A. Baires (10) as they displayed speed and outright hustle in this decisive victory. The defending champs hung around until the third, when they could only muster up 5 points in the quarter. The brothers Serrano did what they could – X. Serrano (20) and J. Serrano (10) were the lone offensive bright spots.

Game 3 Pistons 58, Kings 48

  1. Germaine (25) was the only offensive threat for the Kings on this final game of the weekend as they fell for a franchise record 15th straight loss dating back to last season. They have been in all three games so far this year but can’t find that piece that will help them close out a win just yet. M. Niboh (23), M. Tafese (11) and K. Williams had themselves a nice game for the Pistons, who look pretty good in the early season.

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