Rec hoop: Frito Lay/Morton's-Carp Energy week's best
The 2015-16 Men’s Competitive League is underway and each and every team is vying to get their team name on the banner. Week No. 4 was full of excitement with a handful of players finishing above the rim. Here are the highlights.
Phillips Insurance 91, Kings Court 29
Things started fast in the gym as the Phillips Insurance (2-2) team showed up and made a statement to the league that they can score. Joe Bacciello led the charge with 22 first-half points as Phillips held a 54-22 halftime lead. In the second half, Phillips used a balanced attack as six players collected points and team defense suffocated any attempt Kings Court made to climb back in the game. Bacciello, Kyle Phillips, Jay Wetherell and Kevin Phillips all finished with 10 or more points in the game. Kings Court (1-3) was led by Matt Salvato, who collected 15 points.
Lynch Law Firm 81, Parklane Deli 75
The second game of the night was dubbed the Game of the Week, as two undefeated teams locked horns and did not disappoint. In the first half, both teams played a long distance game, pouring in three-pointers as Parklane (3-1) built a 42-35 halftime lead behind Eric Murray (14 points) and Ron Christy (11 points). Lynch Law (4-0) kept it close as Keith Bullock and Andre Bagot each had nine points. The second stanza belonged to Lynch Law’s Gene Pettway. He singlehandedly drove his team to victory. Pettway collected 28 points and was 8-for-9 from the line. He finished the game with 34 points. Bagot finished the game with 17 points. On Parklane’s side of the ball, Christy led the way with 22 points followed by Davon Pratt and his 21 points.
Crush Sports Café 73, The Lawmen 53
The third game of the night had the defending champions battling with the Lawmen (0-4). The game saw Crush (4-0) use its depth to extend its winning streak and remain unbeaten as they downed the Lawmen, 73-53. Crush used eight players points in the first half to lead, 33-20, and continue running its opponent until the buzzer. In the second half, the two teams traded punches as the teams combined for 73 points. When the buzzer sounded, the Lawmen got huge efforts from Zach Milslagle, who had 21 points, and Bill Haas with 16 points. Crush was led by Zach Davidson, who had a game-high 24 points and Matt Bindner with 10 points. Crush also had all 10 dressed players record at least one basket.
Eli’s Tavern 85, Total Mortgage 37
The second day of games kicked off with Eli’s Tavern (4-0) and Total Mortgage (0-4). It was Eli’s showing why they are a contender for the Tier I Championship each year. They used solid team play on both sides of the ball to cruise to an 85-37 victory. Eli’s was led by Tim Macinitti, who poured in a game-high 36 points, including 10 three-pointers. Matt Woods played a strong game and finished with 17 points, while all seven Eli players scored in the game. Total Mortgage received a solid all-around game from Joe McLoughlin. He chipped in 15 points while Matt Trumbley had seven.
Team ROC 75, Raps Plumbing 45
The game between Raps Plumbing (1-3) and Team ROC (3-1) was almost two games in one as the first half saw the two teams equal one another throughout and then the second saw ROC pull away, firing on all cylinders. The first half ended, 26-24, as both teams used a balanced attack. The second half, was a different story as Adolphus Berry, Brandon Miller and Adolphus Ellis broke the game open with solid play and baskets. When the final buzzer came, it was Miller with a game-high 21 points followed by Berry (16 points), Daniel Beliard with 14 points and Ellis (12 points). Raps was led by the trio of Brian Jackson, Nick Perry and Nick Toto, all with 11 points.
Subway 71, Ricoh 64
In an exciting match-up from the start, Ricoh (0-4) and Subway (2-2) played a tight game from the start. The teams were event at 31-31 at the break before Subway broke away in the final few minutes. Subway used its depth as all nine players in attendance scored a basket. Ricoh, meanwhile, leaned heavily on Mike D’Amato and Kevin Heslin’s heroics from 3-point range. Subway’s Dashawn Hall finished with 16 points and Marc DeMattie had 11 points. Ricoh was paced by D’Amato had a game-high 30 points while Heslin had 19 points (six three-pointers).
Frito Lay/Morton’s 78, Carp Energy 75
In what ended up the best game of the week, Carp (1-3) and Frito (3-1) battled to the final seconds in the tight, 78-75, game. Frito came out of the gates on fire and built a 43-24 halftime lead. The Carp boys were up to the task in the second, erasing the lead and setting up a fantastic finish that included key baskets from Carp’s Shawn Hoggatt and masterful free throw shooting by Frito’s Romello Valentine. When the final buzzer sounded, it was Frito’s Eric Montgomery with a game-high 28 points and Valentine right behind with 25 points. Carp was led by David Burrows, who had 26 points, and Mike Sweeney with 17 points. Also of note, Carp dropped in 18 three-point baskets in the game.
Player Team Points
Tim Macinanti Eli’s Tavern 36 points
Gene Pettway Lynch Law Firm 34 points
Mike D’Amato Ricoh Red Devils 30 points
Joe Bacciello Phillips Insurance 29 points
Eric Montgomery Frito Lay 28 points
Dave Burrows Carp Energy 26 points
Zach Davidson Crush Sports Café 24 points
Ron Christy Parklane Deli 21 points
Brandon Miller Team ROC 21 points
Zach Milslagle The Law Men 21 points
Dashawn Hall Subway 16 points
Matt Salvato Kings Court 15 points
Joe McLoughlin Total Mortgage 15 points
Brian Jackson Rap’s Plumbing 11 points
Nick Perry Rap’s Plumbing 11 points
Nick Toto Rap’s Plumbing 11 points