The sports of basketball can bring you the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. Tonight, I think my team went through both the highs and the lows all in one night in our Thursday Night Friendship Basketball League against Team Blue.
For whatever reason, my team came out frigid offensively. It didn't matter if we were shooting jump shots or layups, nothing was falling. Team Blue also took advantage of some defensive match ups and took an early 14-0 lead. My team called timeout with 14 minutes left and zero points on the board.
I knew the team was struggling and tried to get myself going. I wasn't exactly scorching hot but ended scoring my team's first 6 points (8 points overall in the first half) of the game to keep us afloat. The rest of the team finally followed suit. Despite falling behind 14-0 to Team Blue, we were only down 33-21 at halftime. My team even pulled a Chris Webber moment to add to the weirdness in the first half. We called timeout when we had none and that cost us a point and possession as well.
The second half was a bit of a blur. I remembered trying to get going early and missing. However, the shots that weren't falling for me early finally starting going as I got into the zone and my team slowly clawed back into the game. I scored 21 of my career high 29 points in the second half.
I know we eventually tied the game but immediately fell back behind the next possession. Both teams went back and forth a bit as Team Blue held on to a slim lead. With about 30 seconds or so left, there was controversy. My team was down two and got the steal and was cruising for the layup but the referee called a tough traveling call. That definitely hurt and put us into a tough situation. Team Blue got the ball and we had to foul them to let them shoot free throws. Fortunately Team Blue made only 1 free throw and my team had a chance as we were only down 3 points at 52-49.
I dribbled the ball up the court and with several teammates setting screens, I was left wide open for a three pointer from the left wing and nailed it with 10 seconds left to tie the game. Team Blue had a chance for a final shot but fortunately missed and that sent the game into overtime.
In the overtime, both teams went cold as no one could score for the first 1 1/2 minutes of overtime. I personally rushed a couple of jumpers which frustrated me. However, with about 25 seconds left, I finally got the ball again and knocked down the only shot for both teams in overtime for the 55-53 win. Team Blue tried to tie but was unable to and my team pulled out the victory.
As you can see, this was a weird game but I am glad we won. As for my career high 29 points, it was great to be able to score a lot AND help the team win. There weren't stats kept so not exactly how well I shot. My guesstimate is I shot around 50% or maybe a little below as I did take quite a few shots tonight.
Adding to the statistical weirdness, my teammates were consistent tonight. My 7 other teammates combined for 13 points in both the first half and the second half.
All in all, it was a fun evening trying to carry my team and being the hero. I'm normally a role player but for one night, i got to be the star. My legs and body are paying for it a little bit but I'll enjoy it the next few days.