There was no struggle for the Bucket Chasers this week as they take down the Shady Dunkers, 68-41. After a week one loss to Lob City, the Bucket Chasers came back strong and determined to even their record.
After a close first quarter, the Bucket Chasers took off and never looked back. Their defense was stout, not allowing the Shady Dunkers to get in rhythm as they held them to just nine points in the second and third quarters combined.
Led by the interior presence of Sergio Dalomba, the Bucket Chasers forced the Shady Dunkers to take shots beyond the perimeter or get physical inside the paint. A collapsing defense led to pressured jump-shots for the Shady Dunkers and in turn, easy transition baskets for the Bucket Chasers.
Transition points is what led to the Bucket Chasers running away with this game. With Kevin Figueiredo leading the charge, the Bucket Chasers had timely ball movement that led to easy points. Each, seeming to start or end from the hands of Figueiredo.
Ending the game with 22 points on 11-14 shooting, his passing and movement without the ball was contagious. He dominated the passing lanes and sliced his way to the rim with little resistance, thus helping his team find the open man and play a smart style of basketball.
“We took advantage of mismatches,” Henri Goncalves said. “We kept working the ball and being patient.”
The Shady Dunkers showed energy and athleticism from start to finish, but their reliance on the three-point shot led to lacking transition defense that allowed the Bucket Chasers to take control. With good team ball movement and use of their bench players, the Bucket Chasers walk away from this game with a 27-point win.