|JULY 29, 2007 -- After a long drive back from Tahoe, Five Ten didn't have NL-caliber starter Ross Lim, Andrew Lee showed up late, and Blake Roy was running on almost no sleep and decided it was better if he didn't play. For the Rayguns, Ryan Mateo was getting back from the Delano tournament (Shootout came in 3rd) and Rob Rius couldn't play due to a twisted ankle. Mike Reding's ankles were severely hurting as well.|
The Rayguns took a 40-37 lead into halftime thanks to steady inside buckets by Tim Tully and three treys by Pete Tao, including a banker or two from downtown. Gareth Lee stroked it for Five Ten with three treys of his own. Reding stayed on the bench, protecting those ankles.
In the 3rd, every Raygun except Gary Chern contributed a bucket, going a combined 9-for-11 from the field outside of Chern's two missed field goals, allowing the Rayguns to pull ahead by 11. Five Ten eventually lost by 8, 69-77.
In the 4th, Andrew Lee showed up and got some inside hoops, but free throws by Tully and Reding iced the game, although the Rayguns did combine for a paltry 7-for-16 from the charity stripe that period. Five Ten's Yih-Wei Chien couldn't get on track in the 4th, taking just one field goal.
Taraz Lee racked up 15 points on 5-for-6 from the field, including 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. For Five Ten, Gareth Lee ended with 17 points on 5 treys. Dennis Garcia added 15 and Chien 13. Andrew Lee had 7 rebounds in only one half of play. Tully led the Rayguns with 29 points and Tao added 19. Surprisingly, athletic power forward Chern missed all his field goals and free throws and had a rare "ofer".
Rebels can't get over the hump
The Runnin' Rebels remained winless this season with a loss to the CPA HEADS, which sent the Rebels to the Losers Bracket to face Five Ten. A 19-point barrage by Sean Caiola gave the HEADS a 35-26 lead into halftime. Big man Norman Wang came alive in the 3rd with 7 of his eventual points to help the Rebels trim the lead to 45-50 heading into the 4th.
Caiola finished with a game-high 28 points. Someone else on the scoresheet that was left blank -- probably not Francis Machica since he usually wears #1 and the uni was #25 (and Eric Heidler was a DNP for the AAA-Slowbreak Heads game which just occurred, and he normally doesn't shoot threes) -- added 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks, including a couple treys. Richard Wu led the Rebels with 14 points, Ed Wang chipped in 12, and Jonny Corrao added 11 points and 7 rebounds.