Friday, October 19, 2007

OU Tire, Money Shots on Fire

The Money Shots came into last night’s game with the next to worst record in the league, but used money shooting from their point guard, as well as a second half run to out duel the late-faltering Origins Unknown squad, 73-66.

The game was hardly a back and forth affair at the start, with OU exploiting an aggressive 2-2 zone on the offensive end to build a small lead. Cap’n Mike found his early stroke from long range to extend the zone, and from there the rest of the OU bunch got hot. Shu-ter Patel was en fuego in the first half, knocking down baseline jumpers as well as tri-fectas from the top of the key. James “Stretch” Hogan IV also found the gaps offensively, and played the role of rock-distributor at the foul line. Dr. J Greg Robinson found his range off of the Hogan dump downs, and for the first half it appeared that OU was in control, finishing with an eight point lead.

The lead was further extended to start the second half. Cap’n Mike came down awkwardly on his ankle a few minutes in, but recovered to make two three pointers – the second of which brought the Money Shots out of the zone defense. This became the game’s turning point, as MS immediately went on a run – fueled by some great shooting by the point guard. D’d up by Cap’n Mike, the wirely guard used high picks to free himself and knock down several long range shots. OU, meanwhile, was clearly tiring. The crisp passing went away, as did the bounces that typically go their way. MS took advantage and tied the game, then took the lead, never to look back. OU had the lead down to 3 with less than three minutes remaining, but the MS point guard was rock solid from the free throw line, and OU continued to rim shots in and out – sealing their fate.

Cap’n Mike was a dreadful 2-4 from the free throw line, bringing his season total to 14-18. OU will take a bye week to regroup and recover, before taking on perennial power Howse Corp on Novermber 1.

In other news of note, the Hustlers have emerged as the team to beat this session after another solid win last night, this time against a very good Chili’s team. They move to 5-0, alone atop the standings.