“Don’t call it if you don’t see it, ref!”
Those were the words that got me my first technical foul in my 4-year intramural history. They came after a heated disagreement over a supposed blocking foul called on yours truly under the paint.
At that crucial juncture, team Sloths! Could have gone one of two ways: We could have let the two free throws (in addition to the free throws given to the guy I fouled) pin us down and break our legs, or we could use that horrible call to light an emotional fire and smite our enemies.
We chose the latter path, and won 48-45.
It was a solid win. Not like last week, when we played a bunch of mouth breathers and pudgy kids.
No, the team we played today was probably the best team we faced all season. It included gym rats, varsity big men, skinny ballers and even one fellow Timpanogos High School Timberwolf who has a basketball gym IN HIS HOUSE (Micah Lisonbee, for all you THS alumni out there).
I quote Jeris Hobbs during the pre-game conference: “I think we’re going to lose.”
The cards were certainly stacked against us, but I guess we taught this world a little lesson: Never count out the Sloths!.
We fell behind 0-4 quickly, but then we turned it on, took the lead and never looked back.
The star of the game was definitely Blake Lloyd, whose back-to-back threes, along with a big shot from distance by Andrew Law, sparked us to a lead we never relinquished. Lloyd was a force from the arc, and deadly down low.
My player of the game, however, goes to Jeris Hobbs. While Jeris didn’t show up on the score sheet, he certainly did his part in this win. He pulled down boards from every corner of the court. Seriously, he was everywhere. Jeris even swatted the aforementioned Lisonbee right in front of his wife and rowdy friends. He was called for a foul, but Micah knew deep down it was clean. We all knew it too. Good work, Hobbs.
I’ll go ahead and give myself the “Russ Nelson” award for getting 4 fouls in the first half (including the tech), and then zero in the second.
Russ also had an excellent game, by the way. In fact, we all played really well. Especially defensively.
I’m proud of you guys tonight. You earned these orange slices.