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1/17/2024 9:31 am  #161

Re: Good If It Goes: The Story of the OBA



1/22/2024 1:29 pm  #162

Re: Good If It Goes: The Story of the OBA

1987 Championship Banner

How appropriate for the first Soup championship banner to be in the shape of a bowl.

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1/28/2024 6:18 pm  #163

Re: Good If It Goes: The Story of the OBA

1988 Offseason
Nothing really of note from the offseason meetings, catered by TacoTown.

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2/11/2024 12:20 am  #164

Re: Good If It Goes: The Story of the OBA

1988 Season

That Dovinwitt defense was ramped up to another level in 1988. The team led the league in points allowed by a considerable margin. Their collective defensive stronghold propelled them to the top of the standings for the first time in league history. A season sweep of the second place Simeka Sleuths - including a stifling shutdown win of 80-55 - gave them the tiebreaker and the #1 overall seed.

Simeka enjoyed their fourth consecutive top two finish, cementing themselves as perennial forces in the OBA. Sol Renfro had his best season of his career on his way to an All-OBA second team nomination, the first of his career. While Brody Rizzo wasn't as spectacular as he was during his MVP campaign, he was still incredible and the most questionable snub from the All-OBA team.

Skyrocketing into the #3 seed was the City Van East Sunrisers. Second-year players Ja Perrano and Matt Morris captained the young squad to their first postseason appearance. The Sunrisers picked up 13 more wins than they did the previous year, a remarkable improvement with such bright prospective talent.

The Ensylvan Drakes found themselves returning to the playoffs, in part due to the efforts of speedy shooting guard Larry Antwan and new center Javen McFoster III. Antwan shot the ball well from the outside, and McFoster III protected the rim in exciting fashion on their way to the #4 seed. The Drakes clinched their first playoff birth since 1983 when they finished third in the regular season.

Stanley Sweetney had another stellar showing for The Team of the River Galloway. After falling short in 1987, The Team rode a 7-game winning streak into the end of the year, going from the #10 to the #5 seed in that span. The Luva Mountaineers put together a solid season on their way to their seventh straight playoff bid, even with an aging Sinclair Journey.

The defending champions, Soup, started off hot, winning 16 of their first 19 games. However, mild injuries to Horace Suggs and Clarence Poole at different stints in the year catalyzed a near collapse. The rest of the Soup squad held on just enough to grab the #7 spot. Despite their low seeding, Soup will remain as a formidable opponent for any team in the OBA.

The final playoff spot was earned through tiebreaker by the Desherd City Dachshunds. Tyrone Buckley, the Dachshunds small forward, dominated throughout the league and seemingly willed his team into the playoffs. The Dogs played against both Gin City and the Irving Crows twice in a 10-week span and won all four games. It was a memorable run for Desherd City fans, as, during that stretch, Buckley averaged an absurd 36.9 points per game and the led the league in individual scoring. As such, Buckley emerged as the favorite for the MVP, and won the award handily.

Gin City battled through injuries in 1988. Despite their best efforts they fell just short of a playoff spot. The Crows also suffered the same feat. Certainly, Crows fans have something to be excited about with the team's progress. The Bay had a middling year, due to their defensive struggles and John Hamilton having his worst shooting season of his career. Mescudi, Nachtigen, Bara, and Convenance had mediocre seasons. The Moonmen's Bojan Turk and the Canines' Manuel Fuller were two of the best defensive centers in the league on their way to All-OBA honors.

Bryson McMurray endured a rough McQuelsey season - at least to his standards. The Woodpeckers had sights on making a tournament run that fell well short. Although McQuelsey ultimately disappointed, McMurray was still electric enough to make the All-OBA Second Team. Boothtown and the Murdlock Monocles also struggled to meet their high expectations.

Harlow Rivers had a superb season for the Novak Junction Hustlers. With little help from his supporting cast, Rivers and the Hustlers lost more games than they probably should have. The Razors, Hooks, and Choristers stole some games from the upper teams, but couldn't hang with the big guys. Remolvo's Tate Lendon-Tornery had a monster year on the offensive end, averaging a double-double.

Rounding out the bottom of the league was the Veñuto Valor and the Irving Ricos. The two teams combined for an abysmal 20-72 record.

1988 All-OBA Teams

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