By J. Praught
San Diego Hoops, our local LGBT basketball league, recently concluded its regular season over at the Golden Hills Recreation Center with all eight teams qualifying for the seeded playoffs. In its twelfth year of existence, SD Hoops has grown in popularity—75 players competed during the 2010-2011 regular season.
The Loft earned the top seed this season, finishing 12-2 and two games ahead of the pack. Jay Irby (20.7 points per game) and Joseph Taormino (23.1 PPG) formed the league’s most potent scoring duo as they finished fifth and third respectively in scoring average. John Crocket paced the club with 8.2 rebounds per game (RPG). Overall, The Loft led the league with an average of 65.1 points per game.
Big Mike’s Sports Rub (10-4) finished second, largely in part to its top-ranked defense (allowed only 48.0 points per game). Eric Reissner was far and away the team’s most valuable player finishing fourth in the league with 21.7 PPG. Leo Ferrine’s 7.2 RPG led the squad.
Flicks (9-5) stood toe-to-toe with The Loft most of the season but ultimately took third place despite a deep lineup. A.C. Carter led the league for almost the entire season in scoring (23.7 PPG) before being edged out in Week 14. He contributed seven double-doubles (recording at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in a game), while teammate Jake Feala added five. Carter (145) and Feala (110) ranked fourth and fifth in the league respectively in total rebounds.
Pecs (8-6) took the fourth seed by virtue of a point differential tiebreaker with Bulls & Bears (8-6), applied because the teams split their two match-ups this year. Josh Langham (18.9 PPG) and Johnny Stultz (17.8 PPG) set the scoring pace for Pecs, while Jeff Lehman averaged a double double per night with 10.3 PPG and 12.6 RPG. Lehman finished third overall in total rebounds (176) and RPG.
Reigning-Most Valuable Player (MVP) Patrick Schoettler (Bulls & Bears) once again proved to be among the league’s best as his 40-point night in Week 14 lifted him to the scoring title. At 24.2 PPG and 13.5 RPG and 11 double-doubles added into the mix, Schoettler is sure to get strong consideration in the MVP balloting again this year. Coach Paul Demke, fresh off a title the previous year with a roster that included yours truly, contributed 15.0 PPG this season.
Baja Betty’s (6-8) concluded an up-and-down season by finishing sixth in the standings. It was close in every game and registered wins over Flicks and Bulls & Bears during the year. Mike Parks (15.7 PPG) led a balanced attack that saw seven players average at least seven points per contest, easily the most in the league.
Urban Mo’s (3-11) didn’t have much luck this year, notching just one win against a higher team in the standings. It was a 55-54 win over Flicks in Week 13. It was somewhat surprising that the team wasn’t able to have a little more success given the presence of big man Tommy Miles. The center dropped in 13.5 PPG and pulled down 13.0 RPG (second in the league).
Finally, there is the sad saga of my team, Colorworks (0-14), which became the first team in league history to go winless during the regular season. Not for a lack of effort, but Sereeta Jones’ squad just didn’t have the talent to match up with other teams on a nightly basis. Its closest call was a tough 45-43 loss to Urban Mo’s. Darin Adler (14.3 PPG) was the team’s only real scoring threat. To be fair, Colorworks did suffer injuries to two forwards and a center during the season. Jones averaged 9.0 PPG and 9.7 RPG before hurting her knee.
Playoffs began February 16, and I’ll have a full playoff recap in a future issue. Once the playoffs conclude, the league will hold open gym on Wednesday nights to keep friends connected and to prepare for the following season. For more information on SD Hoops, visit the league’s website at sdhoops.net.