• Three games decided by a total of only 20 points makes for some good basketball
By Sean Pearson
The Wells Fargo Warriors handed Best Western’s Riptide a rare loss on Monday, besting the top-ranked league powerhouse 38-32 in men’s city league action.
WF led by one point at the half, and held on for the win, thanks — in part — to a solid second-half Warrior shooting performance.
In yet another barnburner game, the Titans of Home Run Oil outlasted Alaska Bible Institute 70-67 in game two of the evening. The two teams were tied at 35 at the break, and things didn’t change much in the second half.
Titan Eric Tutt pumped in 12 second-half points to push HRO to the top. Tutt had 20 points for the game, while teammate Norm Anderson had 14. Garrett Moyer and Joel Tutt also scored in double figures, logging 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Erik Rozeboom was high-scorer for ABI — and the game — with 23 points. Michael Raymond added 18.
In the evening’s final game, Gregoire Construction’s Smooth Operators outlasted the K-12 team 60-50 to pick up the win. The Ops got the hot hand early, with Heath Johnson and Mitch Michener combining for 24 of the team’s 37 first-half points.
And, just when it looked like the Smooth Ops would cruise into halftime with a sizable lead, the Educators turned up the heat, pulling to within five at the break.
Both teams cooled off in the second half. The Educators suffered with a short bench throughout the game, rotating their six total players to fight fatigue. In the meantime, Gregoire had the luxury of ongoing fresh legs, thanks to a 10-player turnout in the tenth week of the men’s regular-season play.
Smootherator Michener was high-scorer for the game with 18 points, while Mark Putney and Paul Gutzler of Uminski Property K-12 Educators picked up 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The teams continue with regular-season play for the next five weeks, before heading into post-season tournament play Feb. 22-24.
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