Player of the Game, Sampson Ly
NYC transplant Coach Danny Ourian has Salesforce playing with an unmistakably Big Apple swagger and an Empire State Building-sized chip on their shoulder. He’s also found his own John Starks in point guard Stephen Tee, an intense competitor who loves to bully the opposition just as Starks did throughout his career.
On the opposite bench, Logitech found themselves atop the standings for the first time heading into this game. Through sheer power of will, they’ve fought tooth and nail to prove they can hang with the big guns of this league this season. CEO and WFA athlete Bracken Darrell has clearly created a hard working, "hungry" culture at his company that pays dividends both in the office and on the court.
Throughout the first quarter the teams looked evenly matched as they leaned on their star players. Salesforce established leading scorer Hudson Blake in the post early on to get a couple of easy points, and Peter Spadalik showed his signature flash and finesse with a nice three-pointer and an and-one layup. At the end of one, Salesforce had a 9-8 lead and it looked like the game would be a dogfight.
The Salesforce team that finished the first quarter looked completely different at the start of the second quarter. It was as though Coach Ourian brought in Bugs Bunny to give his team some of Michael’s Secret Stuff as they erupted for 21 points in the second quarter alone. Stephen Tee led the offensive explosion for Salesforce by playing his usual role of facilitator. He knows exactly what his team needs and is skilled enough to deliver it when they need it. Logitech did all they could to hang in there, led by Peter Spadalik and John Wie. At halftime, it was 30-20 in favor of Salesforce.
Salesforce really ran away with it in the third quarter, outscoring Logitech 17-4, and never looked back. Sampson Ly kept up the offensive intensity the rest of the second half with a few three-pointers and layups as Salesforce cruised to victory and regained the top spot in the WFA Division I standings.
This was a physical game, and the referees called it tightly to keep it under control. Unfortunately for Logitech, Matt Pugmire got into foul trouble as a result and was limited in his play. He eventually fouled out with only four points, a huge blow to the team down the stretch.
Player of the Game: Sampson Ly, Salesforce