• Titans’ Tutt scores 17 in Monday victory over Gregoire Construction
By Sean Pearson
In Monday evening’s first — and arguably most exciting City League basketball game of the night — the Home Run Oil Titans survived a stellar second-half comeback by the Gregoire Construction Smooth Operators to squeak out a 49-44 win in Men’s City League Basketball.
The Smooth Ops initially kept things close, but gave up several turnovers and a technical foul to fall to 17-31 at the half.
Joel Tutt lit things up for the Titans early on, racking up 10 points in the first half. His second-half follow-up wasn’t bad either, making him the game’s high-scorer with 17 total points. Teammate Jeremy Andrews scored nine, followed by Daniel Stafford with six.
Down by 14 points, Gregoire Construction made some smooth adjustments at the half, and operated their way back into the game, thanks to a 10-point second-half performance by Mitch Michener. He led his team with 13 total points for the game. Heath Johnson added six, while Dave Drake and Eric Engebretsen each had five.
For the game, the Smooth Operators picked up a team total of 12 personal fouls, while the Titans logged 20.
The Wells Fargo Warriors took on the Uminski Properties Educators, and Best Western’s Ritide took on the Alaska Bible Institute in later games. However, results were not available by press time
Six teams comprise the 2013-14 league, and regular-season play started Oct. 21. The season runs until Feb. 17, with City playoffs held Feb. 21-23.
With teams coming to the halfway point of the season, league organizer Dave Etzwiler said he plans to crunch all the basketball numbers and have league standings out before the Christmas break.
Mens’ City League Basketball games are played every Monday evening at Homer Middle School.
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