In a potential trap game for Oath against streaky MLB, they stumbled a bit early on but eventually cruised to a 49-38 victory.
MLB started the game with seriously stiff zone defense and with Stephen Mueller carrying the offense, the game was tied 10-10 with 4:30 left in the first quarter. Oath adjusted, however, and finished the first quarter up 16-12. Coach Pertetee tried to keep MLB on the attack to get some of Oath’s key players into foul trouble, but outside of Mueller they lacked the energy to do so.
In the second quarter, Oath’s Allen Reitter stepped out of his normal scoring role to facilitate the offense, seemingly impersonating teammate Andrew Moeller. MLB needed another one or two players to step up in addition to Mueller to have a chance, but Jeff Paulo and Andrew Spock struggled with the size and athleticism of Oath’s defenders. Fortunately, Mueller’s Tazmanian Devil-level attack was enough to keep MLB in contention and only down five points going into halftime.
The second half was all Oath. They put the pedal to the metal as they’ve done so many times in the past to leave MLB in the dust. Reitter continued to be aggressive and get his teammates the ball, and the major beneficiary was Greg Palmer, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Casing Chu was also a significant contributor for Oath, finishing with a season high 10 points. Stephen Mueller went on to finish with 17 points, three rebounds, and two assists, earning Player of the Game honors despite the loss.