Rec hoop: Parklane pulls away to win in second half
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 #11 was full of excitement with a handful of players finishing above the rim. Here are the highlights.
Team ROC 93, Ricoh Red Devils 55
The week started off with a Team ROC (8-3) vs. Ricoh (2-9) match-up and the boys from ROC were firing on all cylinders from the first minute to the last. They jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back. In the first half, ROC used a balanced attack led by Adolphus Berry and his 15 points as they took a 42-18 lead at the break.
In the second half, Ricoh got it offense working as Matt Hibberd provided some highlights, but again Team ROC used a balanced attack to halt any comeback. Brandon Miller had 16 points while Adolphus Ellis, Jr. chipped in another 12 points. For the game, Berry finished with a game-high 23 points followed by Miller with 19 and Ellis, Jr. with 18 points. Hibberd led Ricoh with 16 points and Kevin Heslin dropped in 15 points.
Parklane Deli 72, Crush Sports Café 63
The next game was the high anticipated match-up between Crush Sports Café (9-2) and Parkland Deli (10-1). The two top teams are battling for position in the top tier and the game did not disappoint. With the intensity turned up, the teams traded solid defense throughout the first half. When the horn sounded, the teams were knotted up, 31-31. Both teams spread out the scoring as Parklane got 13 points from Ron Christy and Crush was led by Solomon Bramble (nine points).
The second provided more of the same as neither team could fully pull away. As time was winding down, it was precision from the foul line that earned Parklane the victory. Christy was 5-for-6 with time running out and Ed Daniels dropped in two key free throws. For the game, Christy finished with a game-high 27 points followed by Davon Pratt, 18 points, and Johnny Stovall, who had 17 points. Crush was led by Bramble, who had 20 points. Danny Powell and Zach Davidson each chipped in 12 points.
Frito Lay 72, The Law Men 59
The next game was between Frito Lay (7-4) and The Law Men (0-11). Frito came in the heavily favored, but a scrappy effort saw The Law Men on the cusp of an upset with time ticking off the clock. With just under five-minutes to play, Frito turned up the heat and pulled away from The Law Men, who just couldn’t hold on.
It was one of the most entertaining and games of the year with minimal fouls and great passing plays on both side of the ball. Frito fed Donte Jones underneath and The Law Men relied on Zach Milslagle — and late in the game — Kyle Magnan down low.
As the final buzzer sounded, it was Milslagle with 18 points and Magnan with 10. Stephen Noss came off the bench and provided some beautiful hook shots for key baskets. Frito Lay was led by Derrick Russell, who had a game-high 19 points, followed by Jones with 15 points. Romello Valentine came off the bench and was solid all night with 13 points.
Carp Energy 66, Subway 65
The final game of the night saw two teams play one of the best games of the season. Both teams left it all out on the floor and Carp Energy (6-5) escaped with the victory against Subway (4-7).
In the first half, it looked as though it would be a runaway for Carp as they raced out to a 40-25 lead with seven different players scoring, including Rob Aquilino (nine points) and Trevor Doyle (eight points).
The second half was the exact opposite as Carp went cold and Subway turned up the oven behind Paul Rozanski and his 17 points. Subway erased the deficit and ended up with a 10-point lead.
Carp answered the bell and closed that down as Daniel MacAllister proved a pair of key 3-pointers. With time running out, it was defense that held off a final comeback attempt for Subway and earned Carp the victory.
Subway’s Dashawn Hall and Rozanski each finished with a game-high 17 points, followed by Daryl Woods and his 12 points. Carp was led by Michael Sweeney and his 12 points, while Dylan Mark, Doyle and MacAllister all chipped in eight points.
Eli’s Tavern 112, King’s Court 49
The next night, the offense turned up as King’s Court (1-10) and Eli’s Tavern (9-2) combined for 161 points in its game. Eli’s used its deep game to build a 52-25 halftime lead, as they hit for 10 three-pointers. The second half provided much more of the same as the three-pointers continued to fall for Eli’s, who finished the game with 19.
King’s Court got a herculean effort out of Taurean McCord, who finished with 26 points. Matt Yarmosh was next with 12 points. Eli’s was led by Tim Macinitti, who had 37 points followed by Matt Woods and his 25 points. Matt Mezick had a strong outing with 20 points in the win.
Rap’s Plumbing & Heating 65, Total Mortgage 62
The second game of the night turned out to be the best as the two teams played even throughout as Rap’s (3-8) held on for a solid three-point victory. Joe McLoughlin came out of the gates hot and led Total Mortgage (1-10) to a 31-27 halftime lead.
Rap’s stayed in striking distance behind Nick Toto and Dionta Washington’s strong play and shooting. Total Mortgage played an almost identical second half, again scoring 31 points, but it was Toto and Washington again providing the heroics and helping Rap’s get in front for the win. After the final buzzer, it was Raps’ Washington with a game-high 24 points followed by Toto and his 22 points. Total Mortgage was led by McLoughlin and his 21 points while Andy Burke had 17 and Matt Trumbley chipped in another 13 points.
Lynch Law Firm 60, Phillips Insurance 53
The final game of the week saw Lynch Law Firm (11-0) extended its winning streak to 11 games as they earned a seven-point victory over Phillips Insurance (6-5). The game was close until the end, as Keith Bullock locked things down with perfect 6-for-6 free throw shooting. In the game, Lynch was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line.
Lynch Law was led by Gene Pettway, who fired a game-high 22 points in, while Bullock finished with 14 and Oliver Macklin had 13 points. Phillips’ Jay Wetherell had a team-best 19 points and Pat Stirk chipped in another 16 points.
Player Team Points
Matt Woods Eli’s Tavern 37 points
Ron Christy Parklane Deli 27 points
Taurean McCord Kings Court 26 points
Dionta Washington Rap’s Plumbing 24 points
Adolphus Berry Team ROC 23 points
Gene Pettway Lynch Law Firm 22 points
Joe McLoughlin Total Mortgage 21 points
Solomon Bramble Crush Sports Café 20 points
Jay Wetherell Phillips Insurance 19 points
Derrick Russell Frito Lay 19 points
Zach Milslagle The Law Men 18 points
Paul Rozanski Subway 17 points
Dashawn Hall Subway 17 points
Matt Hibberd Ricoh Red Devils 16 points
Rob Aquilino Carp Energy 13 points