JERSEY CITY, NJ -- Grove Street and Indy Team 1 put on a game display full of energy and competitiveness. Both teams played well to start, but Grove Street always held the lead. G Street was without their leading scorer, but the rest of the team stepped up. The Indies didn’t have any substitutes, but they powered through and, ironically, Grove Street was the team committing too many fouls. Indy Team 1 never fouled in the first half, in fact their first foul wasn’t committed until late in the second.
Both teams communicated well, but Grove Street had the advantage in size which allowed them to rebound more effectively. They led by as many as 9 and going into halftime the score was 26-19. Ryan Rummel had a big first half, putting up 12 points and for Indy Team 1, Keith Brow had 9 points.
The second half had Indy Team 1 playing catch-up now that they were down by double digits. Grove Street’s defense was overpowering, and Indy worked overtime for every made shot. The team clearly started to get frustrated at the physicality of the game; they weren't getting the calls they wanted. Grove Street went up by 17 and when it seemed they were pulling away for good, Rahmaan Patton hit three 3-pointers in a row (4 in the half) to make it a 10-point game with 5 minutes remaining. He scored the team’s last 12 points, but it wasn’t enough because Grove Street hit two 3-pointers right after to pretty much wrap up the game in the 54-43 win.
Grove Street’s Ryan Rummel finished with 17 points, 2 assists, 1 steal and 11 rebounds and Ean Egar contributed 18 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, 4 rebounds and 1 block. Indy Team 1 Keith Brow finished with 14 points, 1 assist, 2 steals and 4 rebounds and Zahki Lee added 14 points, 1 assist, 2 steals and 10 rebounds.