Jake Danhoff came up big for Team Trouble last Saturday.
The 2014 graduate of East Union High scored 21 points including 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc in helping lead the local American Basketball Association squad past the San Jose Knights in a squeaker at St. Mary’s Morelli Gym, 91-90.
Outside of Danhoff’s hot hand, Team Trouble (2-0 Far West Division) had a tough shooting night, going 9 of 44 or 20 percent on 3s.
Danhoff also reeled in eight boards while teammate Josh Allen chipped in with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Allen’s slam dunk off a miss during crunch time all but sealed the game for Team Trouble.
“That was huge,” coach Chris Curtis said. “(If) we didn’t get that offensive rebound we could be 1-1 with how poorly we shot the ball.
“It’s a good thing we rebounded aggressively the entire night.”
San Jose (0-2) had a big size advantage over Team Trouble with, according to general manager Jovan Bankston, “a 6-foot-9 forward and two 6-11 players, who made driving into the lane very difficult.”
He added: “The bigger front court of the Knights altered or blocked several shots in the first half (and) controlled the paint most of the night.”
In the second half, Team Trouble upped the pace, using its quickness to outrun the Knights for points and easy offensive rebounds.
None was more important than Allen’s tip-in slam dunk in the final minute over the opposing center of the Knights.
“That was one of the more entertaining games I’ve seen in our history – this was a lot of fun,” said Team Trouble owner James Paul.
Team Trouble will host the Contra Costa Delta Stars at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Morellis Gym.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Information is available at www.teamtrouble.net.