Men's rec hoop: Eli's tops Raps

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 #9 was full of excitement with a handful of players finishing above the rim. Here are the highlights.

Eli’s Tavern 94, Rap’s Plumbing & Heating 52

The week kicked off with Eli’s Tavern (7-2) and Rap’s Plumbing (2-7) playing its game with no bodies on the bench. Eli’s held the advantage throughout the game and in the second half, Rap’s seemed to run out of gas as the home team pulled away en route to its 40-point victory. It was Eli’s big three that lead the charge as Matt Woods collected a game-high 30 points, followed by Trent Western and his 24 and Tim Macinitti, who finished with 20 points. Rap’s was paced by Michael Olivancia, who had 15 points, and Dan Wypychoski with 14 points.

Lynch Law Firm 69, Carp Energy 60

The second game proved to be a good one between Lynch Law (9-0) and Carp Energy (5-4). The teams opened the game, trading jabs as Keith Bullock and Marcus Cox paced the law firm while Mike Sweeney and Daniel MacAllister led Carp. At the first horn, it was Lynch up by six, 32-26. In the second half, the teams stayed even throughout as neither seemed to be able to pull away. Dave Burrows and Shawn Hoggatt turned up their game for Carp and Gene Pettway got hot for Lynch. At the end, it was 6-for-6 free throw shooting that helped give Lynch the nine point victory. Lynch Law was led by Bullock and his game-high 24 points. Pettway finished with 18 and Cox had 12. Carp’s Sweeney had a team-high 18 points. Burrows dropped in 15 and MacAllister finished with 13 points.

Crush Sports Café 100, Kings Court 69

The third game of the night proved offense can win games as Crush Sports Café (8-1) and Kings Court (1-8) decided to go “all offense” in its match-up. The first half proved to be the difference as Crush was near flawless in its attack. The team raced out to a commanding 50-21 halftime lead. In the second half, both teams were firing on all cylinders as they combined for 98 points. An interesting stat in the game is that every players dressed on both teams recorded at least a basket. Kings Court was led by Matt Salvato and his game-high 19 points while Crush got 14 from Solomon Bramble. The Bindner Brothers – Mike and Matt – each tossed 14 points to match the team-high. Zach Davidson, Danny Powell and Matt Ramos each had 10 points.

Frito Lay 62, Total Mortgage 54

In the final game of the night, the teams saved the best for last as Frito Lay (6-3)  and Total Mortgage (1-8) played one of the best games of the season. Frito Lay opened the game with near perfection out of three-point man Eric Montgomery, as he hit five times from outside the arc. The boys from Frito extended its lead to nine by the break and sat with a comfortable, 36-23 lead. Total Mortgage was relentless in the second half and played an in your face style that would keep Frito guessing. The mortgage men battled back behind Andy Burke, Matt Trumbley and Al D’Coria and closed the gap with time running out. Total Mortgage continued to keep things close, but could never get on top of Frito and take back the lead. Frito’s Derrick Russell closed out the game with a perfect 8-for-8 free throw shooting to earn the hard-fought victory. Montgomery, who was solid all night, finished with a game high 28 points. Russell had 14 points. Burke finished with 23 points, D’Coria had nine and Trumbley finished with eight points.

Team ROC 85, The Lawmen 60

Team ROC (6-3) battled The Lawmen (0-9) in the first game of the evening. Both teams started off slow as the ball wouldn’t seem to go through the hoop. At the midway point of the first half, ROC began to pick up the intensity on the defensive end which turned to points for their offense. ROC led at the half, 40-26. The Lawmen’s Zach Milslagle kept his team afloat with 15 first half points. The second half was all ROC as vthey ran away with the win. Every player dressed in the match-up managed to get at least a basket. The Lawmen’s Milslagle finished with a game-high 32 points. Team ROC’s scoring was spread out as Adolphus Berry led the way with 17 points and Adolphus Ellis had 14 points.

Phillips Insurance 95, Ricoh 51

In the second game of the night, Phillips Insurance (5-4) was matched up against Ricoh (2-7). Ricoh’s Mike D’Amato did all he could, scoring 34 points, to keep his team in the game against a very good Phillips team but it wasn’t enough. Phillips’ Joe Bacciello put up this week’s game-high with 48 points. Kevin Phillips had 17 points in the winning effort.

Parklane 101, Subway 70

The final game of the week was between Parklane Deli (8-1) and Subway (3-6). Parklane was coming off a 137-point performance and Subway was looking to slow them down. Early in the first half Subway controlled the game and tempo. Parklane began to step on the gas late in the first half and was able to escape the first frame with a 44-41 lead. Parklane continued where they left off and scored 57 points in the second half. Subway was led by Paul Rozanski’s 18 points. Parklane’s leading scorers were Ron Christy, who had a game-high 41 points and Eric Murray’s 23 points.

Scoring leaders

Player Team Points

Joe Bacciello Phillips Insurance 48 points

Ron Christy Parklane Deli 41 points

Matt D’Amato Ricoh Red Devils 34 points

Zach Milslagle The Lawmen 32 points

Matt Woods Eli’s Tavern 30 points

Eric Montogomery Frito Lay 28 points

Keith Bullock Lynch Law Firm 24 points

Andy Burke Total Mortgage 23 points

Matt Salvato Kings Court 19 points

Mike Sweeney Carp Energy 18 points

Paul Rozanski Subway 18 points

Adolphus Berry Team ROC 17 points

Michael Olivencia Rap’s Plumbing 15 points

Solomon Bramble Crush Sports Café 14 points

Matt Bindner Crush Sports Café 14 points

Mike Bindner Crush Sports Café 14 points