Men's hoop: Defending champion wins opener

The 2015-2016 Men’s Competitive Basketball League is underway and each and every team is vying to get their team name on the banner.

Week No. 1 was full of excitement with a handful of players finishing above the rim and the defending champs winning big.

Crush Sports Café (1-0) vs. Carp Energy (0-1)

The season opened with the defending champions hosting Carp Energy and there seemed to be no rust as Crush Sports Café jumped out to a 41-27 halftime lead. Crush used its deep bench throughout the game as all 11 players recorded points. Solomon Bramble and Kevin Blake led the way with 15 points apiece. Mike Bindner opened his season with strong game and 13 points. Carp was led by David Burrows, who had a game-high 23 points, and Trevor Doyle with 11 points.

Final score: Crush Sports Café 89, Carp Energy 54

Frito Lay/Morton’s (0-1) vs. Lynch Law Firm (1-0)

In the second game, two old foes lock horns as Frito Lay and Lynch Law had a spirited game. Lynch used its solid numbers to tire Frito Lay and pull ahead for keeps down the stretch. Andre Bagot and Gene Pettway combined for 23 of the Firm’s 33 first half points while Frito’s Eric Montgomery and Derrick Russell chipped in 16 to keep things close. The second half was played with balanced attacks on both sides of the ball. In the end, it was Pettway with a game-high 21 points and Bagot adding 19. Frito’s Russell had 20 points and Montgomery finished with 14.

Final score: Lynch Law Firm 66, Frito Lay/Morton’s 53

Raps Plumbing & Heating (1-0) vs. Ricoh Red Devils (0-1)

In the third game of the night, Raps earned its first win with an impressive second half that erased a very tight first 20 minutes. The two teams ended the first with just two points separating as Raps held the slight advantage. The second half was all Raps as they exploded for 55 points, including 18 from Nick Perry. When the final horn sounded it was Raps’ Dan Wypychoski with a game-high 19 points followed by Perry and Nick Toto with 18 apiece. Ricoh got a big game from its big man down low as John Kittery dropped in 17 points and Dan Peters had 14.

Final score: Raps Plumbing & Heating 83, Ricoh Red Devils 53

The Law Men (0-1) vs. Kings Court (1-0)

The final game of the night featured a revamped Kings Court team against the league’s newcomers, The Law Men. Both teams settled in and played a solid game as Kings Court slowly built a lead the stuck. Craig Thomas and Matt Salvato had some timely baskets the aided Kings Court and Taurean McCord collected 10 points in the second half to seal the victory. The Law Men were led by Zach Milslagle, who had a game-high 17 points while Thomas finished with 13 and Salvato and McCord each had 12.

Final score: Kings Court 50, The Law Men 39

Parklane Deli (1-0) vs. Total Mortgage (0-1)

The first game of the night welcomed back Total Mortgage after a one-year hiatus, however, Parklane Deli was not in the welcoming mood. After erasing an early deficit, Parklane turned up the offense with a combined 15, 3-pointers in the game. Eric Murray, Ron Christy and Robert Bier had all 46 first half points for the winners. At the  final buzzer, it was Bier with a game-high 23 points and Christy with 22. Delroy Morris had a solid second half with 13 points. Total Mortgage was led by Andy Burke, who had 13 points, and Matt Trumbley with 12.

Final score: Parklane Deli 79, Total Mortgage 45

Eli’s Tavern (1-0) vs. Subway (0-1)

The second game of the night featured last year’s Tier II champions, Subway, and an early favorite to win it all this year, Eli’s Tavern. The Eli’s team meshed well in its first game of the season as every player scored at least a basket as the team had 11 first half 3-pointers. Subway battled throughout the game, but did not have the firepower to match Eli’s offense. In the end, Tim Macinanti had a game-high 34 points, including 10 three-pointers and Trent Western collected 22 points. Subway was led by Dashawn Hall and Paul Rozanski, each with 16 points.

Final score: Eli’s Tavern 98, Subway 62

Phillips Insurance (0-1) vs. Team ROC (1-0)

In the final game of the opening week, Team ROC battled Phillips Insurance and ROC used its entire bench to its season opening victory. Team ROC jumped out to a 38-17 first half lead as seven different players chipped in offense. Ryan Butler poured in 12 points to lead the charge. The second half was much the same as Team ROC used its balanced attack to hold off anything Phillips Insurance tried to muster. Despite the loss, Phillips’ Patrick Stirk led the way in the game with 24 points while Butler finished with 13 points for the winners. All eight players on Team ROC scored in the game.

Final score: Team ROC 61, Phillips Insurance 41


Player Team Points

Tim Macinanti Eli’s Tavern 34 points

Patrick Stirk Phillips Insurance 24 points

Robert Bier Parklane Deli 23 points

David Burrows Carp Energy 23 points

Gene Pettway Lynch Law Firm 21 points

Derrick Russell Frito Lay 20 points

Dan Wypychoski Rap’s Plumbing 19 points

Zach Milslagle The Law Men 17 points

John Kittery Ricoh Red Devils 17 points

Dashawn Hall Subway 16 points

Paul Rozanski Subway 16 points

Kevin Blake Crush Sports Café 15 points

Solomon Bramble Crush Sports Café 15 points

Ryan Butler Team ROC 13 points

Andy Burke Total Mortgage 13 points

Craig Thomas Kings Court 13 points