The 2015-2016 Men’s Competitive League is underway and each and every team is vying to get their team name on the banner. Week #5 was full of excitement with a handful of players finishing above the rim.
Here are the highlights.
Parklane Deli 55, Team ROC 52
The week got off to a great start as Team ROC (3-2) battled Parklane Deli (4-1) in a key match-up for both teams. Parklane took a 14-point, first half lead behind Davon Pratt’s 16 points and looked in control. In the second half, Team ROC stormed back with 10 points from James Sullivan to erase the lead. With time running out the two teams stayed close before Parklane sealed the win. Pratt had a game-high 19 points, followed by Eric Murray with 18 points for the winners. Sullivan finished with 12 and Brandon Miller chipped in 11 points. Interesting note: all 13 players in uniform recorded a point in the game.
Total Mortgage 44, The Lawmen 43
In the second game of the night, Total Mortgage (1-4) escaped with a one-point victory against The Lawmen (0-5). In the first half, Zach Milslagle and David Bodnar paced the Lawmen to a 21-17 lead. Total Mortgage battled back and erased the four-point deficit behind Andy Burke and his 13 second-half points. With time running out, the Lawmen had chances to regain the lead, but couldn’t beat the Mortgage defense. Burke led the way with a game-high 19 points, followed by Clark Law with nine points. Milslagle had 15 points for the Lawmen and John Binkowski had six points.
Frito Lay/Morton’s 82, Kings Court 69
In a high-scoring game, Kings Court (1-4) and Frito Lay (4-1) both got off to a fast start. Kings Court raced out to a 41-32 first-half lead. Craig Thomas had 13 points while Taurean McCord chipped in another 12 points. Frito stayed within 10 behind Eric Montgomery and his 13 points. Frito broke things wide open in the second half, as Dion Langston turned up the offense with 14 points and Montgomery stayed hot. For the game, Montgomery led all players with 28 points, followed by Donte Jones, who had 24, and Langston with 18 points for Frito Lay. Kings Court was led by McCord with 18 points and Thomas, who had 16.
Lynch Law Firm 71, Crush Sports Café 64
The final game of the evening saw two undefeated teams lock horns in a great game played by both. Lynch Law (5-0) seemed to be ready from the start and used a balance attack to take a commanding, 42-30, halftime lead. Keith Bullock (11 points) and Jamie Anderson (10 points) led the way for the firm while Crush (4-1) spread its scoring out in the half as Matt Bindner had seven points. In the second half, Crush mounted an attack behind 11 points from Danny Powell and outscored Lynch, but couldn’t get ahead. Lynch sealed the victory behind fantastic free throw shooting, including 8-for-11 in the second half. Powell ended the game with 17 points to lead all players. Zach Davidson and Bindner each turned in 14 in the losing effort. Lynch Law was led by Gene Pettway, who had 16 points, followed by Anderson with 13 points. Bullock and Marcus Cox each finished with 11 points.
Carp Energy 77, Raps Plumbing 68
The league kicked off Thursday night with a game between Rap’s Plumbing (1-4) and Carp Energy (2-3). The first half was exciting from the start, as the teams combined for 72 points and solid free throw shooting as only two balls missed. Carp held a 41-31 lead at the break, as 12 different players scored points in the game. Rap’s pushed the pace in the second, but couldn’t stop the Carp attack. With time running out and Carp holding a slight edge, Rap’s turned to fouling to put Carp on the line. Shawn Hoggatt, Dave Burrows and Mike Sweeney closed out the game with 5-for-6 shooting. At the final buzzer, Burrows led all players with 26 points, followed by Sweeney with 13 and Hoggatt with 11. Chris Evans led the Rap’s attack with 23 points and Dan Wypychoski finished with 13 points.
Eli’s Tavern 65, Ricoh 45
In the next match-up, Eli’s Tavern (5-0) put their four-game unbeaten streak on the line against Ricoh (0-5). Eli’s build a 20-point halftime lead behind seven 3-pointers. Matt Woods led the way with 12 points for Eli’s. The teams traded baskets in the second half and split the scoring with 30 points apiece. Ricoh was led by Mike D’Amato with 21 points. Eli’s was paced by Woods with 20 points and Trent Western finished with 16. Tim Macinitti had 15 points.
Phillips Insurance 70, Subway 59
In the final game of the week, Phillips Insurance (3-2) met Subway (2-3) and offense remained at a premium. In the first half, things stayed close as Phillips held a 35-32 lead. Joe Bacciello paced things with 15 points while Subway’s Paul Rozanski had a solid first with 13 points. Phillips remained consistent in the second half with another 35 points and amped up the defense, holding Subway to less than 30 points and gaining the victory. For the game, Bacciello finished with a game-high 28 points followed by Pat Stirk with 12 and Jay Wetherall with 11 points. Subway was led by Dashawn Hall and his 19 points. Rozanski finished with 16 and Frank Chectcuti had nine points.
Player Team Points
Joe Bacciello Phillips Insurance 28 points
Eric Montgomery Frito Lay 28 points
Dave Burrows Carp Energy 26 points
Chris Evans Rap’s Plumbing 23 points
Mike D’Amato Ricoh Red Devils 21 points
Matt Woods Eli’s Tavern 20 points
Davon Pratt Parklane Deli 19 points
Dashawn Hall Subway 19 points
Andy Burke Total Mortgage 19 points
Taurean McCord Kings Court 18 points
Danny Powell Crush Sports Café 17 points
Gene Pettway Lynch Law Firm 16 points
Zach Milslagle The Law Men 15 points
James Sullivan Team ROC 12 points