Rec hoop: Lynch Law wins battle of unbeatens
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 #7 was full of excitement with a handful of players finishing above the rim. Here are the highlights.
Parklane Deli 90, Frito Lay 67
The night kicked off with the high flying Parklane Deli (6-1) team meeting up with Frito Lay (5-2). Parklane has been shooting the lights out of the gym in the past couple of weeks and tonight was no different as the cruised to a convincing victory. Ron Christy helped open a 24-point halftime lead as he collected 21 points and Delroy Morris continued to fire with a hot hand and scored 12 points. In the second half Frito battled back behind Donte Jones and Eric Montgomery. Christy led all scorers with 36 points followed by Davon Pratt, who recorded 23, and Morris with 17 points. Montgomery and Jones each had 22 points for Frito while Romello Valentine finished with 10 points.
Carp Energy 76, The Lawmen 68
The second game saw Carp Energy (4-3) jump out to a halftime lead against The Lawmen (0-7) and not let it go as they held on for an eight point victory. Carp had four players record six or more points in the half as they ran out to a 40-29 lead. The Lawmen kept in the game thanks to the solid play of Zach Milslagle, who had 12 points. In the second half, the Lawmen, turned the tide as John Binkowski poured in 12 points to lead the charge. Carp held the lead until the final buzzer as they again used balanced scoring with eight of nine players scoring points. Milslagle led all players with 30 points while Binkowski had 16 and Bill Haas collected 15 points. The winners were led by Daniel MacAllister and his 20 points and Dave Burrows with 14 points. Mike Sweeney and Zach Gaffney each had 11 points.
Lynch Law 71, Eli’s Tavern 70
In the battle of two undefeated teams, neither disappointed. The teams traded blows in the first half as both teams used a balanced attack. At the first horn, it was 6-1 Eli’s with a 37-36 lead. The second half was more of the same as neither team broke free and things remained tight to the final buzzer. The game came down to free throw shooting as Eli’s went 12-for-14 from the line and 7-0 Lynch Law was 8-for-10. As the final minute was ticking off the clock, Lynch Law’s Gene Pettway was fouled with five seconds remaining and drained both to give the Law Firm a one point lead and victory. In the game, Pettway led all players with 25 points followed by Jamie Anderson with 18 and Andre Bagot, who had 14 points. Eli’s was paced by Matt Woods and his 22 points while Matt Mezick drained 17 and Trent Western had 10 points.
Rap’s Plumbing & Heating 78, Kings Court 64
In the final game of the night, Rap’s Plumbing (2-5) came out and played solid basketball to earn its second victory of the season. The team has been playing well of late, but has run into some of the toughest teams and hasn’t gotten the results. Tonight was different as they jumped out to a 38-30 halftime lead as Chris Evans provided a spark and 14 points. Craig Thomas and Matt Salvato held Kings Court (1-6) in the game, scoring 24 of the 30 points. In the second half, Raps used all of its bench and a balanced attack to stay ahead and earn the 14-point victory. The two teams enjoyed shooting from long range, as they combined for 24 three-pointers. Salvato ended the game with 29 points and Thomas finished with 25 for Kings Court. Nick Toto had 22 points and Evans finished with 21 for the winners. Dan Wypychoski had 14 points to aid in the win.
Ricoh 39, Total Mortgage 32
The week got off to a great start as two 1-5 teams were both battling for their second win of the season. Ricoh (2-5) was running off a high after picking up the franchise’s first career win. The first half was back and forth with Total Mortgage (1-6) taking a 26-21 lead into the second half. Coach Lou’s halftime speech must have been inspirational because Ricoh picked up the energy on the defensive end and was able to outscore Total Mortgage, 18-6, in the final frame to secure their second win. Ricoh’s Mike D’Amato led all scorers 24 points. Total Mortgage’s top scorer was Andy Burke with 10 points.
Team Roc 76, Subway 52
Team Roc (4-3) played the second game of the evening and collected a win over Subway (2-5). Roc’s coach Marcos Rivera must have preached defense in his pregame speech, because it was swarming, leading to multiple Subway turnovers. Roc led at the half, 39-19. Deshon Jefferson and Deshawn Hall tried getting Subway back in the second half but the hole was too deep from the first frame. Roc’s Adolphus Berry led all scorers with 18 points and Brandon Miller chipped in 16 points. Rivera finished with 14 points. Jefferson, Hall and Frank Chetcuti each finished the game with 10 points.
Crush Sports Cafe 72, Phillips Insurance 62
In the final game of the night, Crush Sports Café (6-1) picked up the pieces after its loss to Lynch Law and defeated 3-4 Phillips Insurance, 72-62. With both team coaches (Kyle Phillips and Matt Cook) not in attendance, Courtney Williams took over the reins for Phillips as Crush led by committee. Phillips had a 32-30 lead going into the second half but Crush’s Zach Davidson put the team on his back scoring 16 of his 22 points in the second to secure the teams sixth win of the season. Phillips Insurance was led by Joe Bacciello, who led all scorers with 25 points. Jay Wetherall chipped in another 12 points for Phillips. Davidson finished the game with 22 points in the win and Tristian Shields, Matt Ramos and Matt Bindner all had 10 points for Crush.
Player Team Points
Ron Christy Parklane Deli 36 points
Zach Milslagle The Law Men 30 points
Matt Salvato Kings Court 29 points
Gene Pettway Lynch Law Firm 25 points
Joe Bacciello Phillips Insurance 25 points
Mike D’Amato Ricoh Red Devils 24 points
Zach Davidson Crush Sports Café 22 points
Matt Woods Eli’s Tavern 22 points
Eric Montgomery Frito Lay 22 points
Donte Jones Frito Lay 22 points
Nick Toto Rap’s Plumbing 22 points
Daniel MacAllister Carp Energy 20 points
Adolphus Berry Team ROC 18 points
Frank Chetcuti Subway 10 points
Dashawn Hall Subway 10 points
Dashon Jefferson Subway 10 points
Andy Burke Total Mortgage 10 points