Teams All IN Ball IN and Moody Homes edged their opponents to reach the title game for Wednesday.
The semifinal round of the City of Palm Coast’s Adult Basketball League produced two games that were both decided by a combined five points on Monday, July 17, at Buddy Taylor Middle School.
All In Ball In defeated Coast 58-54 in the first game. Keke Henry led the winners with 17 points; D’John James followed with 12, and Nysean Giddens finished with 11 points. Tevin Galvin led Coast with 19 points.
Moody Homes beat Ball Is Life 58-57 on David Madzunovic’s game-winning buzzer-beating putback shot. After beginning the game with only four players for the first four minutes, Ball Is Life fell back 13-4 and never recovered until the final two minutes.
Trailing 54-47 with a little over a minute, Toray Johnson scored a 3-pointer while he was fouled and converted the extra bucket to make it 54-51. Shortly after, Johnson nailed another 3-pointer to tie the game at 54-54.
After Ball Is Life forced a turnover, Johnson drove to the basket and scored on a layup while getting fouled. He made the free throw to give Ball Is Life its first lead of the game at 57-54 with six seconds remaining.
After Moody scored a quick bucket to pull within a point, the team forced a turnover with two seconds remaining by pushing Johnson out of bounds under his own basket, but no foul was called. That’s when Madzunovic scored the game-winner.
Ball Is Life players argued the no-call with the officials after the game, but the play was not overturned.
All In Ball In will play Moody Homes for the league championship at 7 p.m. July 19, at BTMS.