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3rd/4th GRADE PAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Hi Folks,

The highly anticipated 3rd/4th grade Girls PAL Basketball Championship game was last night.
Vegas made the Mad/Bull Dogs a 6 pt favorite after beating the opposition twice in the regular season. Line dropped to 3 by game time. Vegas knew something.

The opposition--we'll call Villains---jumped out to a 2-0 lead. It was 2-0 after one and I knew right away this was going to be another ugly, low scoring game like when we beat them 16-12 & 10-8 in the regular season.

The Villains made it 6-2 at the half as our offense really struggled.

We battled back in the 2nd half however, as our two best offensive players combined for 6pts as we took an 8-7 lead in the 4th quarter.

The Villains had FOUR straight possessions after a couple of missed shots and jump balls in which they had the possession arrow in their favor. I probably should have called time out as I knew the girls were tired. But I kept thinking "What would Mike Brey do?" And I went opposite. I wanted to save my 3 timeouts. Naturally, they scored to take a 9-8 lead with 2 minutes left.

The pressure was on. After both teams missed shots, we got the rebound in the corner after another missed shot with a minute left so I had to use the first of my three time outs or risk losing possession on a turnover.

The ensuing possession was another close, but missed shot. The Villains miss then missed with :35 left. One of our best rebounders, but worst dribbles gets the rebound and starts dribbling the ball up the court. TIMEOUT #2.

Thirty seconds left...time for one more play down one point. I think..."What would Mike Brey do?"
And go opposite. I tell the girls don't wait, go right for the bucket this way we can foul again and still have time for another shot. I design a masterful play, guaranteed to work.

The girls inbound the ball. They set a pick and then I hear a whistle. What gives? For the first time in the history of 3rd/4th grade PAL Girls Basketball the ref calls a "moving screen" with :20 left. UGHHHHHH. Are you freaking kidding me. 3rd/4th grade girls basketball and you're calling a moving screen?

Time to regroup, down only one. TIMEOUT #3.
I tell my daughter, who just happens to have four fouls to intentionally foul. She does with...I kid you not...:06 left. Just like Kentucky/Notre Dame. I can now substitute my best player back in the game. (Genius strategy, thank you)
Their girl is going to the free throw line to shoot two free throws, up one. I don't have any time outs left. Thank you Mike Brey.

:06 left...just like ND/Kentucky. You can't make this stuff up. So as the girl shoots the first free thrown--which she makes. I pull my best two girls aside and them the situation...get the rebound and run down the court for a layup and we go to overtime. They run back to the free throw line. Sure enough the girl misses the second free throw. My best girl gets the rebound and takes off...she crosses midcourt w/ :03 left.
She breaks in somehow uncontested...easy lay up...we're going to OT, right?...up goes the ball..off the backboard, on the rim...will it drop in or out...

OUT as the buzzer sounds. She missed a shot she makes 7 out of 10 times. Game ends.
Team Bull/Mad Dogs lose 10-8. UGHHH.

Wow. I felt like Charlie Brown lying on the ground as Lucy pulls the ball away on his attempted FG.

It wasn't meant to me. Good lord must have been sending me a message having :06 left, with no timeouts. That's too funny. But in the end we probably were better off since we had an easy lay up attempt anyway.

Like I said on the radio. I still consider us the champs. Post season is for 2nd chance losers. Regular Season defines how good you are.

Plus, the refs MUST have had action on the Villains. Who the hell calls a moving screen with :25 left in a girls 3rd/4th grade BB game???
Somewhere Tim Donaghy (outed NBA ref) is smiling

So the Villains walk off the court celebrating, while my girls walk off the court literally crying having just learned a tough lesson we all eventually learn...

Nobody, but Nobody Beats the Boys in Vegas...not even in 3rd/4th grade PAL Girls basketball.
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Dodgers 92.5........Tigers 84.5
Cardinals 88.5......Red Sox 86.5
Pirates 84.5........Mariners 86.5
Giants 84.5.........Orioles 82.5
Padres 84.5.........Blue Jays 82.5
Cubs 83.5...........Royals 80.5
Marlins 81.5........Athletics 81.5
Mets 81.5...........White Sox 82.5
Brewers 78.5........Indians 84.5
Reds 77.5...........Yankees 81.5
Braves 73.5.........Tampa Rays 78.5
D'backs 71.5........Rangers 78.5
Rockies 71.5........Astros 75.5
Phillies 68.5.......Twins 71.5


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