In a battle for second place in the standings, defending champion Oath clashed with Logitech, this season’s most improved team, and came up short. Logitech won, 61-56.
This game was back and forth from the jump. Both teams stood up to the occasion of this tough game and came out shooting well. The teams traded blows throughout the first quarter. Neetai Eshel and Adonis Allen led the way for Oath, while John Wie and Chad Rushing countered for Logitech. After Rushing hit a three with under two minutes left in the first, Oath led 15-14. Oath closed the first quarter strong, though. Riding Greg Palmer in the paint with their other big men not playing, Oath took a 19-14 lead into the second.
The intensity continued into the second quarter, with the teams going back and forth. Logitech took their first lead of the game with four minutes left in the first half after a beautiful give-and-go between Bracken Darrell and Matt Pugmire, but the half ended fittingly in a 25-25 tie.
Midway through the third, with Oath up seven and on the verge of pulling away, Logitech’s Peter Spadalik took matters into his own hands. His timely deep ball hit with eight minutes left in the third quarter sparked a slow and steady comeback that lasted into the final minutes of the game. Spadalik returned to his early season form after a quiet couple of games, putting the final nail in Oath’s coffin with a nifty and-one layup in the game’s waning minutes.
Player of the Game: Allen Reitter, Oath