Mar 21, 2013, 11:37 am
E-Scape started the stronger of the 2 teams in the Hot Stuff Basketball League game vs Celtics. Offence was the theme of the first quarter with both teams trading baskets, but E-Scape’s intensity and good ball movement prevailed taking a 15-9 lead into the second period.
Phil Marshall started strong for E-Scape, opening with 4 straight points. Strong inside play from Greg Ruellen kept Celtics close. A 6-0 point run for Celtics meant the gap was closed to 4 points at the end of the half.
E-Scape made a point to avoid there usual 3rd quarter blues, by moving the ball well. Andy Barretto’s nimble footwork and hook shots kept E-Scape scoring. E-Scape started to tire, and first to suffer was their defence. Point guard Tareq Haddad took full advantage, scoring 10 points in the quarter and propelling the Celtics to a 2 point lead heading into the final quarter.
At the beginning of the 4th, James Reed tried to take control for E-Scape, scoring 4 points in the opening minutes, tying the game up at 52 each. Celtics then took a 2 point lead through Bob Gouzinis and took a tactical timeout. Following this, Celtics began to extend their lead and made clutch free throws during the final 2 minutes to see out the game 71-60. So near, yet so far for E-Scape Vipers.
The Hot Stuff Basketball League is sponsored by Hot Stuff Pizza