By Joe Catapano

Blood, Sweat & Beers was able to fend off a late fourth-quarter rally by The Land to start off the season. Their week two contest against The Hateful 8 however, proved to be far less intense after outscoring their opponent 25-8 in the first ten minutes.

For the second straight week, The Hateful 8 was unable to eclipse the 40-point mark, losing by a final score of 84-36. The team struggled to find a consistent ball handler, resulting in 24 team turnovers.

Stephen Petrahai did all he could to get his team energized, but the big man’s efforts were not enough to overcome the consistent pressure from BS&B. Petrahai finished the night with 14 points on 50 percent shooting. The Hateful 8 will face a big test next week against undefeated Insports.

John Brolet was the sparkplug for BS&B, scoring a game-high 17 points on 58.3 percent shooting, adding nine rebounds and five steals. His supporting cast featured Cam Tucker, who scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Cody Dileonardo, who finished with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

BS&B may not be the most intimidating team, but they sure do know how to have fun while playing the game. According to Brolet, the players have known each other their whole lives and that has added to their team chemistry on the court.

Although BS&B is now 2-0, Brolet believes they still have much more to prove heading into a big test against The Brotherhood, who also picked up their second win of the season Tuesday night.

“We feel a little disrespected,” Brolet said after the game. “We want to make a big splash in this league.”

BS&B has a real chance to make their presence felt against the Brotherhood who are red-hot, averaging 100 points per game through their first two contests. Respect is earned, not given, and BS&B can earn the respect of the rest of the league with a big win in Week Three.