By Gregory Termolle
After dropping two-straight to The Alliance and the Werewolves, Boom-Shakalaka come out of Week 5 with a much-needed victory. Boom-Shakalaka did all of the simple things right and it paid off for them in their 34-point win.
Big Baller Brand remain winless after dropping this contest, 81-47. With the win, Boom-Shakalaka improved to 3-2 after starting off the season 2-0. Trevor DiMicco and Lucas Martin both came up with 27 points each. DiMicco also contributed on the glass with 16 boards. With three assists on the night, Martin is now tied for second in the league in assists with 20 on the season.
“We rebounded the ball, got out on the break,” Boom-Shakalaka’s Marc Belleville said. “We hit a lot of open shots.”
While Boom-Shakalaka were able to score the ball well, Big Baller Brand had a tough time finding the bottom of the net. Brett Cody was the only player to score double-digits Wednesday, finishing with 23 points. His 23 points puts him third in the league in scoring. Cody’s teammate, Matt Simmeth, who is fourth in the league in scoring, had trouble scoring in this one. He shot 2-of-13 and had only five points.
The game started off slowly for the Big Baller Brand, as they were down 27-9 entering the second quarter. In the second quarter, they were able to keep up with Boom-Shakalaka. The third quarter was much like the first quarter where Boom-Shakalaka outscored them 21-9. By then, the game was already out of reach for the Big Baller Brand.
Although the margin of victory was large, the rebounding battle was a lot closer than the score shows. Boom-Shakalaka only had four more rebounds on the night. Cody led Big Baller Brand with 14 rebounds, while the rest of the team also pitched in on the boards. Cody and DiMicco are the only two players with double-digit rebounds in this game.
Looking into next week, Big Baller Brand will look to get their first victory of the season as they take on Halfway Crooks (3-2). Boom-Shakalaka will look to get their revenge on the Werewolves (2-3) in Week 6, after losing the first matchup earlier in the season.
“Just keep doing what we’re doing,” Belleville said. “Rebounding, get open shots and knock them down.”