Last weekend’s closer was a well-timed reminder that at the Drew League, grit and hustle can be more important than matchups and nothing is a given. Fans who left the Sunday closer between BBB and Problems after finding out that Lavar Ball’s team had only brought six players were probably flabbergasted to find out that those six players — especially Player Of The Week Curtis Hollis — issued the Evil Empire its shocking third loss of the season.
Despite leading for the three quarters, Problems let BBB slip back in at the end of the fourth, leaving them ahead by just one point with less than a second on the shot clock. A fancy inbounds play right out of a movie got Hollis open in the air as he received a high pass next to the basket, guiding it home with a kiss off the glass to secure BBB’s first win of the season, 81-80.
Let that be a lesson: anything can happen at the Drew, and it often does. Now Problems faces some tough questions and an uphill battle if they want to return to their usual playoff berth. Meanwhile, the Big Ballers will head into the next week of the season flying high, and may have earned a little respect from both regular spectators and their future competition.
Elsewhere in Week 3, Public Enemy’s Montrezl Harrell had himself a heap of fun in holding off a late surge from Black Pearl Elite to keep his team undefeated, All In proved too athletic and poised for a Saints team that fell apart at the seams throughout their matchup, and a replenished Reapers rediscovered their mojo against Cheaters with the returns of regulars Ray Hairston, Lawrence White, and Steph Hicks, who led the way with 31 points and 5 rebounds.