Metro Church: 57 vs. Cobras: 66
This was a hard-fought win for the Cobras. The Cobras who, once again were led in scoring by Ben Bertot with 22 points, had to withstand countless runs by Metro Church. Metro who was led by Robert Preston’s 18 points were unable to get enough stops on the defensive end to mount the comeback. The three ball helped Metro makes run after run as they hit 8 as a team. Joe Laird was also an unmatchable force down low for the Cobras, as he seemed to get anything he wanted down low, he finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Runnin’ & Gunnin’: 70 vs. Antioch: 56
The monster down low for Runnin’ & Gunnin’, was just that, a monster. With 21 points and 24 rebounds, Justin Rowe, led his team to victory. If memory serves me correct, Justin also had the first dunk of the season, as he nonchalantly, throw down a one-handed jam over a helpless Antioch defender. But, give Antioch credit for they never gave up and tried to mount an incredible comeback, with the help of Nathan Farley’s 24 points. In the end time was not on Antioch’s side as the deficit was too much to overcome. Joe Washaby, had a play of the year nominee, as he dove to the ground to recover a lose ball in his offense end, he throw the ball behind his back frantically trying to pass it to a teammate, instead he found himself two points as the ball as impossible as it seemed went in nothing but net!
Tar Heels: 38 vs. Old School: 64
Old School started the game strong as they built a 14-0 lead to begin the game. The run was aided by quick hands on the defensive side, which lead to fast break opportunities, which they converted to quick points. Old School also had several new faces to the team that added a lot of depth, Joel Bridenbaugh came off the bench and contributed 12 points. Tar Heels, just never could get anything going on the offensive end, as turnovers plagued them all night. Victor Ortiz and Jared Combs had a great shooting night for the Tar Heels as they contributed 6 three pointers for the team. In the end the athleticism of Old School, proved to much for the Tar Heels.
Money Train: 60 vs. Flight 612: 65
This proved to be the game of the night. As both teams played with a lot of intensity and determination. Money Train had the lead at the half with the help of the sharp shooter, Ari Betancourt. This lead Flight 612 to switch to man to man to start the second half. This switch showed to frustrate Money Train, as it caused turnovers, and bad shots. The effort Flight 612 gave at the defensive end, transferred over to the offensive end, with the help of James Hunt’s three-point shooting, James finished the game with 6 three pointers and 22 points. Late in the game it was the heroics by Braxton Benvenuti that helped Flight 612 win the game. With around 30 seconds left in the game, Braxton hit a clutch three pointer from the corner to give his team their first lead since early in the first half. Then with 4 seconds left, Braxton went to the free throw line and extended the lead to 4, with the three pointer shooters on Money Train, the 4 point lead was huge. Great clutch shooting by Braxton, and a great team defensive effort helped Flight 612 close out this game.