Balloholics travelled to Phoenix Arizona to play one of the top 10 teams in the American Basketball Association. The first game Sat Feb 28th went the Scorpions way 99-72 and was televised on ESPN live. The gym was packed and Arizona went all out with half time entertainment and a great show. Balloholics were not sharp and got a close up view of what it takes to play at this level. Ex D-League player Zach Andrews was not someone the Balloholics could match up with physically. Arizona was more aggressive and polished as a team.
Balloholics had some good phases during the game but were not consistent in their level of play and Arizona made them pay for any miscues.
Game 2 on Sunday March 1 was a different story 94-84 for Scorpions. The Balloholics were quick studies and came out and matched intensity , were more physical and were within 9 points with 4 minutes to go but could not get much closer. The skill level of the Scorpions and intensity were not to be denied.
The team probably played some of their best basketball of the season in a very competitive environment. This is the goal of the Senior team program, giving local players a chance to step up to a higher level of basketball not available to them currently and see what they’re made of. Of the 10 spots on the final roster only 5 were BC products. Balloholic Senior Team is gaining attention nationwide and it’s up to the local BC players to claim their spots.
The Balloholics next play in Seattle later in March in the Pacific Northwest regional tournament finals to wrap up the season.
Look for the second year and second edition of the Balloholic Senior Team in the fall of 2015. There will be a second edition!!