TROPICS SUMMMER 21′ SEASON IN REVIEW

30 May 2021

It was a rollercoaster return to basketball, the Tropics would piece together a 5-6 win/loss season, concluding a scratch outside of finals.

They would open their season with a pair of losses to the Knights of Ben (-3 points) and the Flames (-18 points).

Reeling at 0-2, Stelmach lit up the neons with a man-of-the-match 9 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks performace in a steamrolling 17 point defeat over Bresiano.

They followed up again the next week, as Romano would steer home another win (+5 points) in a season defining performance. The bustling italian dropped an individual season high of 28 points, to be topped by no one else on the team for the remainder of the season.

Riding on a wave of highs, and having revived their season at 2-2. The Tropics would plummet in the following week, registering their biggest loss of the year (-48 points) at the hands of Mimosa. It was a strange affair that saw Cuthbert literally fuck around until it was too late, seemingly assists obsessed and refusing to shoot the ball.

He would respond the following week with 16 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists in a nailbiting 8 point victory over the Misfits. However, it was a telling pattern when they would register their lowest score for the season (14 – 38) in a crushing loss to the Flames.

Positioned outside of finals contention, with a new coach and a 3-4 record. The Tropics would suddenly face a 3 game series against the competitions top 4 heavyweights. In a make or break series, Cuthbert would return a total of 78 points, 48 rebounds and 7 blocks. Accompanied by one of the most team-driven responses we’ve witnessed, the likes of Tsonas (13 Assists), Romano (21 points), Stelmach (23 rebounds) would galvanise the attack. With Macali and Wanless on defence clamping down the leagues more lethal scorers, the Tropics would return a 1-2 record from the series in an accumulated point differntial of (-8).

If anything, it was that series with their backs against the wall that would define the teams season. ‘Competitive Prime Time Specialists’. It would be the later schedules, and on the road match ups that would catch the Tropics sleeping.

By the last game of the season the team would loosen up and score a season high in 3 pointers, of particular note Wanless’ long shot from deep. They would go on to complete a 5-6 win/loss record and miss finals on percentage.

Summary:

G 1 : LOSS Knights of Ben (38 – 35) Cuth 14-8-4

G 2 : LOSS Flames (47 – 29) Rom 11-4-3

G 3 : WIN Bresiano (27 – 45) Stel 9-9-2b

G 4 : WIN The outsiders (38 – 43) Rom 28-8-0

G 5 : LOSS Mimosa (77 – 29) Krause 9-3-0

G 6 : WIN Misfits (33 – 39) Cuth 16-17-6

G 7 : LOSS Flames (38 – 14) Cuth 6-9-2

G 8 : WIN Lebronto (38 – 35) Cuth 26-17-3-3b

G 9 : LOSS Wasted Potential (36 – 35) Cuth 15-16-5-3b

G 10 : LOSS Major Keys (48 – 43) Cuth 27-15-4-1b

G 11 : Win Bresciano (34 – 42) Rom 21-4-2st

The Rita Medal
Blake Cuthbert 18 votes
Dan Romano 9 Votes
Paul Stelmach 3 Votes

Player Summary:

Cuthbert: 128 points, 130 rebounds, 49 assists. +/- of -14

Romano: 109 points, 51 rebounds, 13 assists. +/- of -64

Stelmach: 37 points, 55 rebounds, 9 blocks. +/- of -14

Tsonas: 41 points, 20 rebounds, 36 assists. +/- of -30

Krause: 49 points, 30 rebounds, 4 assists. +/- of -69

Wanless: 9 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists. +/- of -53

Mitch: 3 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists. +/- of -44

Bailey: 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists. +/- of +10!

Team Summary:
Ave. Points/Game : 35

Ave. Points/Against: 41

Field Goal Percentage : 33%

3 – Pt Percentage: 17%

Average Assists/Game: 11

Average Steal/Game: 7

Average Rebounds: 30

*next season there will be an introduction in shot charts thanks to an update in the app!*