For the first ten minutes of the game, Shackfitness and Skyzone played like two boxers standing toe to toe exchanging blows. There were four ties, nine lead changes, and neither team led by more than 3 points. As soon as Shackfitness got out to a 7 point lead with 8 minutes to go in the half, Mike Tapp drained a 3 point shot to keep things close. Tapp then buried another 3 point shot at the buzzer to tie things up at the half 27-27.
The second half started just like the first. Down by one, Shackfitness took a time-out with 12:43 left in the game. That’s when the 3 point shots started to drop. Terrial Buycks knocked down two triples in a two minute span forcing SkyZone to call a time-out of their own. However, Shackfitness came out of that time-out with another 3 point play.
This time it was Andrew Brown getting fouled during a drive to the basket. The shot counted and Brown made his free throw to give Shackfitness a 7 point lead. After adding another basket and two free throws, SkyZone found themselves down by 11. That’s when Herb Coulthurst, coming off the bench after suffering an ankle injury in the first half, buried a three point shot from the right wing to try to spark a run for SkyZone. But Bryan Epps of Shackfitness answered right back with consecutive three point bombs making the score 59-45 extending the Shackfitness lead to 14 with 5 minutes left to play. It was too large of a lead for SkyZone to overcome as Shackfitness hit the majority of their free throws down the stretch to hold off a SkyZone team that refused to give up.
Shackfitness won their first session title with a hard fought 73-67 victory. Bryan Epps led Shackfitness with 23 points (3/6 3PT, 4/6 2PT, 6/7 FT.) Mike Tapp and Sean Sura scored 20 points each for SkyZone.
Congratulations goes to Jamison Montgomery from Fresh Habits for winning MUSA’s 3-point contest. Before the excitement of the championship game five shooters from the league battled it out for for the title and it was Jamison who got top billing. He barely made it out of the first round. Needing 5 points heading into the last rack of balls, Jamison was able to drain all 5 balls including the last bonus ball giving him 15 points total points just edging out the 14 Corey Smith put up. He them rattled off 20 in the next round boosting him into the championship round where he put up another 20 and blowing past runner-up Antoine Roby.