R.I.P. Ent wraps up historic playoff run with Championship. Flint Tropics shock Norfolk N’ Chance and capture League B Championship.
Buffalo, NY- The second running of Buffalo’s #1 basketball league came to an end this past Sunday as R.I.P. Ent put an end to Sponge Bob Square Pants late season Cinderella run and the Flint Tropics shocked Norfolk N’ Chance in a come from behind shocker in League B.
The League A Championship featured the 5th and 6th seeded teams as all of the top four teams had been eliminated by the late runs of R.I.P. Ent and Sponge Bob Square Pants. Spong Bob jumped out to a quick start and controlled the tempo throughout most of the game. Big man Jon Burgio had another outstanding game with 16 points, having his way in the paint through most of the game. But in the second half R.I.P. Ent picked up the intensity and defensive pressure behind the inspirational play of captain Darcell Thomas (15 points) and big man Marcus Loder (16 points). R.I.P. Ent took it’s first lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game. In the final seconds Jon Burgio had a chance to tie the game with two free throws. He made the first free throw, but missed the second, allowing R.I.P. Ent to capture their first Kronies Jamfest Championship, 55-54.
In the League B Championship #1 seed Norfolk N’ Chance looked to cap off their near perfect season with a win over the forth seeded Flint Tropics, but captain Nick Pfohman and Andy Tate were looking for the upset and a Championship themselves. Norfolk N’ Chance controlled the first half behind a dominant performance by Jon Plail, who scored 16 of his 32 points in the half and led his team to a 37-30 point lead at the break. The Flint Tropics came out firing in the second half as Nick Pfohman (32 points) lit up the court from inside, outside, and at the free throw line to push the game to OT with a 59-59 point tie at the end of regulation. In the extra period Nick Pfohman hit another big three and a number of free throws to finish off the upset and capture the League B Championship 69-65.
That puts a wrap on Buffalo’s #1 basketball league, while at the same time sets the stage for Kronies Jamfest 3. Will R.I.P. Ent be able to repeat in an even more competitive fall league? Will Elton Frazier and Jon Burgio return for another shot at Buffalo’s most prestigious basketball prize? In League B will Norfolk N’ Chance regroup and find someone to replace electric swing-man and highlight sensation Dean Antalik? Will Nick Pfohman bring back the Flint Tropics to defend the title? Only time will tell. Stay tuned to healthybuffalo.org for details. Kronies Jamfest 3 begins November 12th. Registration is now open.