The game 5 postponement and additional rest due to the threat from Tropical Storm Ernesto may have favored the veteran legs of Tuff E Nuff’s Keith “Superman” Acosta, who was a monster on the boards for his team against Alamilla’s/MOE in Friday night’s decisive match at Birds Isle for the Interoffice Basketball League (IBL) Championship 2012. With the best-of-5 games championship series tied at 2 games apiece, game 5 was originally scheduled for Friday, August 10, but was delayed a week due to the effects from a “pass close” by Ernesto.
In the game 5 box scores provided by statistician Kevin Pitts, there was a glaring difference in “Points in the Paint,” where Tuff E Nuff overpowered Alamilla’s by 30 to 14. Other categories were fairly even. And the man chiefly responsible for that disparity was the former semipro Raiders star, Keith Acosta, who earned the “Superman” moniker for outstanding play in “money time.” Keith led his team with 14 rebs, while adding 12 pts 6 assts 5 stls; Tyrone “Joker” Edwards chipped in with 13 pts 5 assts, Ian Lennon 11 pts 7 rebs, and Raul Roches 8 pts 5 rebs for the winners. For the losing Alamilla’s/MOE, Carlisle Barrow had 15 pts 3 rebs, Greg “Chippy” Rudon 10 pts 5 rebs 3 stls, Brandon Rogers 11 pts 3 rebs, and Kevin Lorenzo 6 pts 3 rebs 3 assts. Notably absent from the scoring column for Alamilla’s was Kurt “Chengo” Burgess, who reportedly played with a fractured finger, but nevertheless managed to grab 9 rebounds for his team.
There were 8 lead changes in the game, with Alamilla’s enjoying a 3-point edge at half time, 26-23; but Tuff E Nuff had grabbed a 5-point advantage to end the third quarter, 42-37; and they held on and expanded it, finishing the game with a 13-point lead, 58-45, to clinch the victory and the championship.