Lakers claim RCBL title
The final game of the Recreational Center Basketball League season, which began on January 5, came to an end Monday at the Boys & Girls Club as the Lakers ran away from the Heat, 101-73, in the third and final game of the playoffs.
Both teams had qualified for the final playoff series by sweeping their first-round opponents. The Lakers took two from the Warriors, the Heat doing the same to the Bulls. Thus the teams that finished in third and fourth place faced off for the championship.
The Lakers won the first of the best two-of-three games in a squeaker, 85-84.
The Heat returns the favor
Last Thursday, the Heat held on to a slim lead in the final four minutes, defeating the Lakers in another barnburner, 94-90, knotting the playoff count at 1-1 in games.
The Lakers broke on top and held a six-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 32-26.
Jason Dyer found the 3-point range in the second quarter, dropping in four in a row, and he led the Heat to a six-point edge at the half, 58-52.
The lead changed possession four times in the third quarter ending with the Heat up by five, 79-74. The fourth period echoed the third as the lead switched hands again and again. With 13 seconds remaining Karl Kallinich brought the Lakers within one, 91-90. But the final points belonged to Damon Mello and Dyer of the Heat, all from the foul line.
Mello had the game-high 25 points. Other Heat players in double figures were Dyer (23), Sterling Bishop (18) and Sandy Fisher (15). Lakers in two columns were Heath Estrella (17), Nate Scott (14) Adam Rebello (14) and Jeff LaBell (11).
Monday - for all the marbles
Fans looking for another close game in the third and deciding game of the finals were disappointed.
The Heat were undermanned, only six dressed for the game against nine Lakers, and just couldn't get on track. They trailed after the first 12-minute quarter, 28-11. RCBL veterans Karl Kallinich and John Healey led the Laker attack, both with eight points in the period.