Division 1 saw the FreeBallers take on Thug Life who have had a great come from behind season all the way to the championships showing amazing teamwork and chemistry as they took on a 6th place FreeBallers amazingly scraping past the quarter finals and Semi finals to the finals again to see if the one finals they won was by the grace of the basketball gods..
The start of the game was one sided and set the tone for the rest of the game. Thug Life came out to a 11-0 run before FreeBallers called a time out to stop the bleeding, Jackson T smacking down 2 in that time and ended with 3 downtowners for 11 points. But the big performance of the night was from Young Phemon Lachlan Ryan with a stellar game on 26 points, 6 of 10 from 3 points land 4 steals and well rounded game, the difference and the glue for Thug Life in this game, Jeremy Q for 10pts and 8 rebs to stop the bigs of Freeballers. Team shooting 42% from 3s, which won the game for them using a triangle overload on the weaker post side.
FreeBallers looked to their starting 5 to get a lead at the start, but with no momentum and dealing with a quick run, the scoring was slow and mainly made from the line, no 3s landing for the Freeballers early to try and make up the gap, the defense was good against the bigs, and contested all the outside shots of the ex champs. Kitto getting 8 points and 9 rebounds, Andy k on 7 with 9 rebs, Magic Mike the only late 3 they hit, and the turnovers took their toll as they turned it over 9 more times than Thug Life who are now the champs!
Great season and Finals win Thug Life! Truly a testament to sticking with your crew and trusting each others skills on the outside shot, Congrats again Thug Life! Division 1 CHAMPIONS!
Division 2 was another tale of 1 vs 5/6 as Monstars got their way somehow into the Finals against a well oiled DJs Ballers crew, who had a great season at the top of the table, chemistry and efficient shots getting them to the Finals to try and win it all!
DJs Ballers had a less than ideal night on the shooting opting to bury Monstars with some range, and they got some buckets which should have got them a clear points advantage, but the score was close the whole way, Monstars only creeping up in the last minutes with some free throws which they shot 13 more of, the clear difference and game decider in this one, Daniel J got 17 points and 5 rebs and 5 asts helped out by Nick T on 16 points and 10 rebounds, the boys banded together and got some late buckets, but not enough to win the chip!, Unlucky boys, great season and im sure we will see you in the finals again!
Monstars the underdog as said by critics, but they played like they had nothing to lose, Monstars Physical play getting them to the line, especially in Brad Gs case who drew many fouls on his way to 29 points, a big time step up performance that was sidekicked by Danny G on 14 points and 8 rebs, Al B doing the crucial stuff with 9 points 6 steals and 3 asts! Monstars had the perfect system running, with everyone playing their role and it resulted in their first UBL finals win!
Congrats to Monstars for a come from behind post season after a less than ideal season, proving you can start from the bottom and still be here! CONGRATS again to MONSTARS! Division 2 Champions!
Great season to ALL teams, and keep up the sportsmanship and camaraderie and positive banter, its what makes UBL the place to ball!
Stay tuned for the next season starting soon! With more and more action and drama and good times ahead, keep your wrist snapping in the break!! We back ballin soon!