By Max Molski
ZewCrew’s Chris Rosario entered the final week of the regular season averaging 11.9 points per game. In his team’s final regular season game against Blood, Sweat and Beers, with Mark Harrison below 100-percent and major playoff implications, Rosario took charge.
Rosario scored 29 points on 13-for-22 shooting as ZewCrew topped Blood, Sweat and Beers 58-54, improving his team to 5-4 on the season.
ZewCrew held an eight-point lead at halftime, but Blood, Sweat and Beers (7-2) did not fold. BS&B outscored ZewCrew 18-13 in the third quarter, leading to a tight fourth quarter.
As Blood, Sweat and Beers shrunk its deficit, Rosario did just as much to keep ZewCrew’s lead. The most crucial of these shots game in a two-point game when Rosario kept a ball inbounds on the baseline, turned and shot the ball over the backboard and in to make it a two-possession game.
In the dwindling seconds, BS&B’s John Lutters missed a 3-pointer that would have knotted the game at 57. Instead, Mark Harrison gathered the rebound, BS&B fouled him and he sank the first of two free throws to clinch the win.
At 5-4, ZewCrew enters the Legacy Leagues playoffs as the No. 4 seed. The team will play The Pandas, the No. 4 seed, who won their Week 7 matchup 51-45 on July 19. The winner of that game will likely face The Brotherhood in a semifinal matchup.
Blood, Sweat and Beers, on the other hand, finishes their season as the No. 2 seed, a spot they had already clinched after Week 8. The team awaits the winner of the matchup between the No. 7 and 10 seeds, Run TMC and The Hateful 8, respectively, BS&B beat The Hateful 8 84-36 back in Week 2 while they beat Run TMC 90-74 in Week 8.