Saturday, February 11
Game 1 – Bullets 63, Celtics 49
Wasn’t as easy as the score leads you to believe, but another win for the Bullets, who, once again, got all players involved in the scoring. Behind a weekend high of 30 from L. Guertin, the League’s leading scorer, and C. Mijar with 12, they were propelled to nine straight wins. The Green fought hard and rebounded well but fell short in our opening contest. Top Double D players for the Emerald were T. Melton (19) & C. Malave (12), who did most of their damage in the second half.
Game 2 – Kings 30, Lakers 29
Welcome back, B. McMahon. Obviously missed but anyway – because of his literally last-second three-pointer, the Kings get back in the winner’s circle. Not much of a high-scoring affair but B. McMahon led the team with 9 and for the late show. The Lakers seemingly had this one locked in as a victory – were stunned and couldn’t believe what just happened. They had A. Mallah (14) leading the way, who, shockingly, was the only Laker to score in the whole first half.
Sunday, February 12
Game 1 – Bullets 62, Lakers 28
Boys in Blue keep the motor going & in doing so they have officially clinched a spot in the Madness. Between consistent scoring & timely free throws (which helps win games), they have shown discipline throughout by following the (w)right game plan. L. Guertin, once again, led the way with 18; C. Mijar & L. Wright had a pair of 12s to help in the historic Victory. The Lakers were behind the 8 ball from tap in this one, as they had only four ballers on the court from tap to finish. R. Laughton dropped 10. They spaced out the scoring but it just wasn’t enough to overcome too many obstacles.
Game 2 – Sixers 39, Kings 38
The Crimson got off the schneide with a Big Win, their first of the season, to close out the final game of the weekend. As the Kings started off real slow, they did eventually catch up and start matching their opponent. But thanks to a barrage of five threes from Sixer B. Messersmith, ending with 15 and 10 from N. Melvin, they got that important win and held off the Kings, who after an emotional win yesterday fell flat in the offense today. K. Laurent did have 14 in the loss. But needed extra help from someone, not in the building again?
2023 Malden Neighborhood Basketball League
Team W L Games behind Streak
Bullets-C* 10 0 0 W-10
Celtics 6 3 3.5 L-1
Kings 4 6 6 L-1
Lakers 3 7 7 L-2
Sixers 1 8 8.5 W-1
*C = Playoff Spot
This Week’s Games
Sat., February 2 Sunday, February 19
Sixers vs. Celtics Lakers vs. Celtics
Bullets vs. Kings Bullets vs. Sixers
At the Ferryway School – corner of Ferry, Cross & Walnut Streets.