By Michael Barry | Photo courtesy of Jake Urquidi
When the Flint Tropics step on the floor together, it feels like they’ve been playing together forever. They are unselfish, disciplined and always motivating each other to succeed on the court. The team chemistry helped the Flint Tropics (3-1) take care of business Monday night, as they won 87-43 against Semi Pro (0-4).
“We’ve been playing in the backyards since we were 12 years old, so we know where we’re going to make cuts, and we just keep moving the ball,” said Flint’s Tyler Japs.
The Tropics shot extremely well from the floor at 54 percent, but got off to a slow start in the first quarter.
“We came out kind of slow, but then we picked it up in the 2nd quarter,” said Mike Bozzuto. “We started hitting some shots and never took off the gas from there.”
Bozzuto is right that they started hitting shots, but he was personally on fire. He had 30 points, shooting 10-of-13 from the field and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. Bozzuto also had three rebounds and three steals to go with his 3-point shooting contest performance. Nick Japs also had a good night with 25 points and five rebounds. As a team they only committed six personal fouls and had 18 assists as a squad.
Semi Pro is still looking for their first win in the Winter 18 Legacy Leagues season, and they couldn’t find their rhythm tonight to get it done. The offense shot poorly, and the defense couldn’t guard the 3-point line tonight. RJ Woodson had 15 points and three rebounds, while Jesse Doucette followed with 11 points of his own and three rebounds.
“[We have to] just keep it rolling, just keep having fun, keep attacking, and stay tropical,” Bozzuto said.