Jeff Paulo, Player of the game
MLB’s early offensive onslaught overpowered Tesla from the opening tip and they never recovered, losing 52-34.
The deck was stacked in MLB’s favor before the game even started as they had their full roster of players and Tesla was relatively shorthanded with only one sub. The teams looked competitive in the first quarter, but Tesla wasn’t getting any shots to fall. MLB, on the other hand, seemed to hit any shot inside halfcourt. Lethal lefty Jeff Paulo was especially hot to start and he finished the first with 11 points. At the end of the first quarter, MLB had a commanding 19-2 lead.
MLB opened the second quarter in a 2-3 zone to stifle the Tesla offense even further. It worked swimmingly, but Caleb Russom managed to drum up a little offense for Tesla as he refused to let up on either end of the floor and turned a steal on defense into a quick and-one bucket. That was really the only spark for Tesla in the first half, though, and MLB kept their collective foot on the gas, closing the first half with a big time 32-8 lead.
The second half was much of the same. MLB consistently filled it up while Tesla struggled to get anything going despite Russom’s and Brian Billeci’s efforts to catalyze the team. MLB big man Andrew Spock crashed the boards throughout the game like a pre-piercing Dennis Rodman, helping MLB to stifle any momentum Tesla managed to get going. After a hot first quarter, Jeff Paulo spread the rest of his scoring over the following three quarters and finished with a game high 18 points. MLB will look to keep the momentum going Monday against Google II, and Tesla will hope to turn things around in a tough matchup with Oath on Sunday.
Player of the Game: Jeff Paulo, MLB