Jersey City – New kids on the block JC Tropics took on league vets Probably Hungover, who weren’t prepared for what was coming. JC Tropics made a statement in their first game in the league, kicking their season off with a 9-2 run. Great defense turned into efficient offense. They moved the ball well, attacked the glass, and hustled for every rebound. Probably Hungover would be held without a field goal for 14 minutes, and JC Tropics took full advantage by extending their lead to 17 points. Their largest lead of the half was 18 points. Probably Hungover had no communication on the court and are used to being able to slow the pace, so they struggled mightily with their opponents uptempo style. JC Tropics played fast, pushed the ball, and showed great chemistry. Probably Hungover had a disappointing 4 field goals in the first half, relying too heavily on isolation offense while their opponent got everyone on the floor involved. As a team, JC Tropics posted 14 assists compared to Probably Hungover’s 5 assists. JC Tropics would lead at the break by a score of 32-16, with Jeremy Assari pacing the team with 10 points. Ben Carr was the lead scorer for Probably Hungover at the same mark.
Probably Hungover looked to turn things around in the second half, coming out hot on a 9-2 run. This was in large part thanks to Andrew Durako's dominance in the paint, but, unfortunately, it did not last long. JC Tropics made some quick adjustments on the fly and got right back in control of this game, building their lead back up to 16 points. Again, JC Tropic’s pace proved to be too much for Probably Hungover. Fatigue set in and it showed. The rest of the game remained a blowout in favor of JC Tropics, who took their first game via mercy rule by a score of 59-39. Probably Hungover's Ben Carr finished with 13 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 2 rebounds with Andrew Durako adding 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 block. JC Tropics boasted four players with double digit scoring. Florian Linares posted a strong 12 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, 2 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Brandon Renkart also came up big for his team, putting together 11 points, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 5 rebounds. Brian Young contributed 11 points, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 8 rebounds, and Jeremy Assari rounded out the group with 14 points, 1 assist and 7 rebounds.