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*** Please remember that players need to have played in four regular season games to qualify for play in the post season.  If you have any questions regarding this rule contact chasdk@healthybuffalo.org for clarity. ***

Round 1 Schedule:

1pm:  (4) White Men Can’t Jump v. (5) Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy
2pm:  (3) United Hoops v. (6) Healthy Buffalo
3pm:  (2) Billies v. (7) Concrete
4pm:  (1) Fastbreakers v. (8) Wolf Pack
5pm:  (4) Swoopin’ In On Ya Girl v. (5) Court Justice
6pm:  (2) Pelican Bay v. (7) Cleveland Beamers
7pm:  (1) Toon Squad v. (8) R.I.P. Ent
8pm:  (3) 2 Live Crew v. (6) Norfolk N’ Chance

Let the games begin!

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Frank Pieri Healthy Buffalo 570Swoopin’ In On Ya Girl can’t stop the Toon Squad as their streak continues.  Nickel City Dimers upset the Premature Shooters for their first ever Champions League win in League B.

Buffalo, NY-  With only two weeks of play remaining in the regular season there were playoff implications riding on almost every game.  United Hoops fended off the Wolf Pack in the first game of action of the day.  Justin Stokes led United Hoops with 17 points in the win.  The win puts United Hoops in the fourth seed in the standings in League B with one week to play, while the Wolf Pack will need a win and some help in Week 9 to lock up the final spot.  The U.H. were riding high on a three game winning streak heading into Week 8 matchup against the Billies.  The Billies dismantled The U.H. quickly in the first half, jumping out to a 35-19 lead at the break.  The Billies brand of team basketball was too much for The U.H. to handle.  Frank Pieri led the assault with a game high 28 points in the 71-47 win.

United Hoops Healthy Buffalo 570In one of League B’s most anticipated matchups of the day, Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy squared off against White Men Can’t Jump.  Both teams are battling to lock up the two seed and home court advantage in round one of the playoffs.  DeMario Rhodes had what was perhaps the strongest game of his career, racking up 19 points and making his presence felt on both ends of the court.  In the 3:45 game, Carmen Riggs was on a mission.  After starting the season 0-6, he was looking to send a message to his teammates as we enter the home stretch of the season.  He put his team on his back and willed the Nickel City Dimers to their first ever Champions League win, scoring 36 points while singlehandedly carrying his squad past the Premature Shooters, 63-59.

Grind Time took control of the eighth and final playoff spot heading into the final week of the season with a big win over Off Constantly.  Mike Bartoszek led Grind Time with 13 points as they now control their own destiny with a date against White Men Can’t Jump next Sunday.  Concrete chalked up another loss in their disappointing season against Healthy Buffalo.  The Healthy Buffalo squad got a shot in the arm with the return of veteran Neil Trapper, who missed Week 7 and was thought to be done for the season.  He got tied up early with Concrete big man Franklin Jackson after the whistle and both players were called for the double technical.   Uchenna Gigi continued his scoring tear in this one, racking up 35 points in the 82-63 win.  Concrete will need a win in Week 9 and a loss by Grind Time and the Wolf Pack to get a ticket to the playoffs.

Frankie Musso Healthy Buffalo 570The Cleveland Beamers had to do a little soul searching in Week 8 as they were coming off a big loss to the Very Aggressive Guys in Week 7.  They went on the attack early against the Buffalo Braves, jumping out to a 52-23 lead at the break. John Markey (14 points) and Edvin Ramulic (24 points) made it rain from downtown as the Beamers hit six 3-pointers in the first half.  The Buffalo Braves made push in the second half but it was too little too late as the Beamers picked up the 71-54 win.

Norfolk N’ Chance sent a message out to the league in the 7:25 pm game against Pelican Bay.  Entering the game a ten point underdog, Norfolk N’ Chance completely destroyed Pelican Bay, handing them their worse loss ever and letting it be known that they have their sights set on the giant 36″ Champions League trophy.  Sean Tuohey and Todd Kane led Norfolk N’ Chance with 17 points a piece in the 75-44 win.  2 Live Crew stayed hot with a monster win of over the Very Aggressive Guys in the 8:20 pm game.  The Very Aggressive Guys couldn’t get it going against 2 Live Crew as they struggled to keep up on both ends of the court.  Christian Thompson led all scorers with 38 points in the win.

Mike Capuana Healthy Buffalo 570Swoopin’ In On Ya Girl had their chance to break the Toon Squad’s historic winning streak in the tenth game of action of the day.  Like many of the Toon Squad’s games this season, it was very close throughout the first half.  John Papincak put in a very spirited effort to keep Swoopin’ in the game, scoring 15 of his 21 points in the first half, as the Toon Squad led by only two points at the break.  The first half of action was punctuated by Justin Andreozzi (15 points) who had an emphatic put back dunk off a miss by teammate Adam Brasky.  In the second half of play the Toon Squad hit their stride as Josh Becker (29 points) knocked down three consecutive 3-pointers and they stretched the lead out to 19 points and brought home their 18th consecutive win, 89-70.

Jamal Cottman Healthy Buffalo 570In the final game of action Niagara University had the chance to make a run at the final playoff spot in League A with a critical matchup against R.I.P. Ent.  R.I.P. put together a solid team win against a Niagara University team that can not quite seem to put a solid 40 minutes of basketball together.  R.I.P. Ent locks up the final playoff spot with the win, while Niagara University will finish their season in the unofficial ‘Toilet Bowl’ game against the Very Aggressive Guys in the final week of action.

No More Excuses

Next week is the final game of regular season action.  After next week it is do or die.  The final week is loaded with important matchups and there will be plenty at stake in the standings for most of the day’s games.  League analysts are paying particularly close attention to the 1:55 pm matchup between Pelican Bay and Swoopin’ In On Ya Girl.  Can Pelican Bay rebound after their Week 8 thrashing and regain top form before heading into the playoffs?  In League B the Fastbreakers will look to become the first League B team to ever make it through a full season undefeated.  They will have their hands full against a loaded Healthy Buffalo team looking to pull off the upset.  Don’t miss out on next week’s action!Josh Becker Healthy Buffalo 570

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HBCL Logo 570Please make note, there were some minor scheduling changes to the final week as follows: 

HBCLX UPDATED WEEK 9 SCHEDULE

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