by Briana Moore
The semifinals of 2016 Memphis Basketball League (MBL) were played last Sunday, September 17th at Lausanne Collegiate School! This MBL season is sadly coming to a close with the Championship Games on this Sunday, September 25, 2016! Good luck to the remaining teams that are pumped and ready to see who will become the 2016 MBL Champs!
Jordan Frison (PG) Team Lakers-James, played an amazing game against Team Cavs-Hood with 17 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist. Throughout the first half the Lakers stayed one point ahead of the Cavs, towards the end of the half the Lakers were leading the Cavs 23 to 19. The second half, the Cavs came back and with three minutes left in the game and tied the Lakers 37 to 37. The teams would go into overtime and the Cavs jump out on the Lakers 41 to 39 quickly in overtime. Frison ties the game 41 to 41 and with the last few seconds he’s fouled on his last shot attempt. Jordan was 1 of 2 from the free throw line and sealed the victory for the Lakers 42-41.
Nile Jolly (PG) Team Heat-Scales, had 17 points, and 6 rebounds in the game. Jolly displayed great balling handling skills and superb long range shooting. Nile connected on 5 three pointers in the game. Team Heat beat the Griz, 49-36.
Quincey Washington (SF) Team Spurs-Buxton, helped his team dominate with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block. Washington, along with teammate Cameron Donegan, who had 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals, lead their team to victory with a final score of 51-19.
Harrison Kelly, SG, Team Pistons-Mitchell, with a league high, finished the contest with 32 points, and 5 rebounds. Team Pistons played Team Knicks and like the other games, this game was a close call. The first half of the game the Pistons had a small lead over the Knicks, ended the half 35-31. In the second half, it was a head-to-head battle and the game ended with a 64-64 tie. The Knicks beat the Pistons in overtime with the contest ending with the score 73-69.
Cameron Matthews (PF) Team Virginia-V.Morris, filled the stat sheets with 17 points, 13 rebounds, 1 steal, and 2 blocks. Matthews had a crowd pleasing two-handed tomahawk dunk in the game! In the end Team Virginia pushed through Oregon’s defenses and beat them with the final score of 44-36.
Spencer Turner (PG) Team Villanova-Hatley, racked up 18 points and 6 rebounds against Team Syracuse. Turner is a “glue” type player, that’s capable of doing what his team needs despite of position. Team Villanova confidence was high off their first league win over Team Kansas – Marsh, 43-42 in the first round of bracket play. Team Villanova had to beat Team Syracuse-K.Kimble, the number 1 seed, to win a spot in the championship game and they did exactly that, 48-43.
The MBL will be back in action on Sunday at Lausanne Collegiate School.
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