Yes, even in Recreation League basketball there are upsets now and then.
One of those times and one of those knuckle-cracking surprises on the hardwood occurred on Thursday night. Team Holsey upset Team Hardy, 22-18 in a 9 & 10-year-old league game at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center in La-Grange.
Neither team led by more than five points all night. Guard Jay Brown of Team Hardy scored the initial basket of the game on a 5foot bank shot early in the first half. Team Hardy would get off to a 4-1 lead, but Team Holsey kept shooting, defending and rebounding.
Team Holsey would hand Team Hardy its first loss of the season on this night after five consecutive wins. But Team Hardy was also playing shorthanded with just five players available. There were no players on the bench for Team Hardy.
“We got tired. If we had all of our players we could have beaten them. We still hustled and passed,” said Brown.
Team Hardy still led at 6-5 late in the opening half. Behind guards James Moss and Gavyn Gates, Team Holsey, however, staged a comeback. Moss would score on a layup, and Gates knocked down a three-point shot.
Guard D.J. Holsey canned two momentum-building free throws as well with 4:02 left in the first half. Team Holsey took a 9-6 lead. Team Hardy answered with a layup from forwardBrenzavionWortham.
He also buried a free throw two possessions before that. Team Hardy had an 11-9 lead in the final minute of play in the first half before Team Holsey deadlocked the game (going to halftime).
“Team Holsey is our rival. We’re the two best teams in the league,” said coach Devin Hardy of Team Hardy.
In the opening minutes of the second half Team Holsey would go on another run, scoring five straight points for a 16-11 lead. Moss got Team Holsey going with a putback. Guard Clanton Reisinger would retaliate with an 8-foot jumper for Team Hardy.
D.J. Holsey would find the shooting range, too. He buried a 10-foot jumper for an 18-13 Team Holsey lead. Late in the second half Team Holsey also scored from the free throw line with D.J. Holsey.
Forward Desmon Cunningham scored as well fromthefieldforTeamHolsey. “We passed the ball, shot the ball and kept the ball,” said Gavyn Gates of Team Holsey.
They also defended the court.
“We played good defense, and we blocked some shots (with Cunningham),” said Darryl Holsey, the head coach of Team Holsey.
The upset was now in the book and on the scoreboard.