The Boston Globe: Highlights of Sim #3, Day 9-12

  • By Calvin Gambling, Day 17, 2026


Clutch game: Houston Lightning 103, Phoenix Vultures 99

- Turning Point: Qwan Songaila dunks with 00:49 left in game, assisted by Austin McConnell, Lightning lead 100-99
- Winning Star: SF Marcus Price (30 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block)
- Losing Scrub: SG Demetrius Stith (8 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block)

Blowout game: Los Angeles Fireballs 125, Las Vegas Scorpions 90

- Turning Point: Derrick Griffin dunks with 10:22 left in first quarter, assisted by Chris LaCruz, Fireballs lead 8-6
- Winning Star: PG Chris LaCruz (37 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks)
- Losing Scrub: PF Montreal Cleveland (6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 0 blocks)

Star player: PF Omari Woodley, Kansas City Knights (45 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 steals, 5 blocks)

- Best Stats: .798 TS%, .808 eFG%, 157.5 ORtg, 106.2 DRtg

Player “guarding” him: PF Stoyanov Vitas, Los Angeles Fireballs (15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 steals, 1 block)

- Worst Stats: 4.046 TRB% for PF, 120.8 DRtg

Boston Crusaders game #5: Mexico City Jaguars 102, Boston Crusaders 88

An emotional homecoming for Kahlil Hooker resulted in a loss for his new team against his old one. The team showed a video tribute during a timeout in the first quarter and he was seen choking back tears. He certainly showed up and was far and away Boston’s best player. He had 22 points on an efficient 9 of 15 (60%) shooting and actually didn’t have a double-double for one of the first times this season, only collecting 7 boards. Despite the emotional implications of this game, Hooker’s teammates completely forgot to show up in Mexico City and let him down. The Jaguars on the other hand leaned on Juwan Hughes to carry them to a low scoring victory and he did just that. He contributed a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds to continue his strong start to the new year. At the end of the game, the former big three of Hughes, Jamaal Adams and Hooker embraced and had a few words, similar to what Devon Harrell, Zayveon West and Tyrese Porter did last game in New York. Kenyon Fuller was mostly ignored by his former teammates as he wasn’t well liked in the Crusaders locker room despite his relative short time there. The Crusaders continue their cold start to the year by dropping to 1-4 while the Jaguars get to .500 at 2-2.

Boston Crusaders game #6: Detroit Mustangs 101, Boston Crusaders 92

The Crusaders started their home-and-home with the Mustangs by losing in Detroit by 9. The second straight game they failed to score just 100 points as no Boston player even scored 20. Hooker had a down night with only 17 points despite another efficient outing of 8 for 15 (53.3%) shooting. His rebounding numbers did bounce back and he collected the usual double-double with an impressive 15 rebounds. He was still the best player on the Crusaders as every other player on Boston seems to be going through some sort of cold streak. Maybe there is a sickness sweeping the locker room? JaDante Hicks didn’t care either way as he led his team with 24 points despite a very poor shooting night of 6 for 22 (27.3%). He drained 4 of 10 from deep to somewhat make up for it. Both teams travel to Boston for their next game as the Crusaders look to improve on their 1-5 record while the Mustangs look to continue their hot start at 4-1.

Injury: PF Alexei Davydov sprained his ankle at the end of the Mustangs game and will be out 2-3 weeks.