Buffalo, NY- It was another excellent week of basketball in week two of Kronies Jamfest 3. In the opening game of the week Team Rocket faced off against Hit It & Quit It in a defensive throwback similar to ’90’s Knicks/Heat game. Team Rocket playing without its fearless captain Nicholas Battaglia fell behind early, giving up a nine point lead entering the second half. But in the second half Nick Tydka stepped it up dropping 9 of his team high 11 points in the half. In the end it wasn’t enough as Bren Raleigh (12 points) and Sean O’Brien (10 points) held on for their second consecutive victory 34-33.
In game two Bashir Ansari (16 points) and Team First took on Nick Lange and The Wolfpack. The Wolfpack was a little thin for week two missing a few of their key players, but they came out and fought nonetheless led by the hot hand of Nick Lange (19 points) and John Mis (14 points). In the end the run-and-gun attack of Team First was too much as they rolled up their second win to start the season 2-0.
In game three Swagged Out made their KJ3 debut in a match-up against Hoops Unlimited and captain Dan Moreno. Will Castro was looking to make a statement in his first game for Swagged Out leading all scorers with 25 points and doing his damage from inside and out. Dan Moreno (20 points) did his best to keep it close, but it wasn’t enough as Swagged Out pulled out the win 62-54.
Next up was DJ Dovey Ent versus Matt Nagorski and the Queen City Stampede. DJ Dovey Ent jumped out to a quick 12 point lead in this one as they used there size advantage on the interior to control the game in the paint, complemented by the outside shooting touch of John McKissick who had three three pointers in the first half. The second half was a different story as Edvin Ramulic stepped up the intensity, scoring 14 of his 23 points in the half and leading the Queen City Stampede to a 68-67 comeback victory.
In game five John Papincak and Swoopin’ In On Ya Girl were looking to make a statement against Marc Antecki and the Hoosiers. The one-two punch of John Papincak (24 points) and Glen Lomax (17 points) continued
to wreak havoc on opposing defenses as Swoopin’ In On Ya Girl cruised to their second straight victory against the shorthanded Hoosiers, 94-54.
In the 6pm game the VeryAggressiveGuysInterestedInNotAlwaysLosing squared off against the Billies as both teams were looking to start the season 2-0. The Billies were led by big man Frank Pieri (15 points) and Mark Ward (16 points), but it wasn’t enough as Kronies Jamfest newcomer Ben Walkow went off for a game high 26 points making his mark early and finishing strong, carrying the VeryAggressiveGuys to a 65-55 point victory and a place among the top of the Western Conference.
The seventh game of the night was a rematch of the Kronies Jamfest 2 championship game as Sponge Bob Square Pants looked to avenge their loss in the championship last season. Sponge Bob started hot as Jon Burgio was nearly unstoppable scoring 16 of his 26 points in the first half, taking a 45-34 point lead into the half. But in the second half R.I.P. Ent stepped it up, closing the gap to four points with three minutes left in what looked like a repeat of last season’s championship game. This time Sponge Bob would hold on for the win, 70-65.
In the final game of the night Court Justice took on Steve Fretthold and AXA. Mike Ridge came back strong after sitting out the summer league with 23 points, while Knonies Jamfest newcomer Shane Canahai made an impressive debut with a game high 26 points. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the balance and depth of Court Justice who were led by Moe Bailey who scored a team high 22 points and jumped out to a 2-0 start with the 70-64 point victory.
Game Three Game of the Week
In the 7pm game Team Rocket will look to avoid an 0-3 start against the undefeated VeryAggressiveGuys. The VeryAggressiveGuys have looked sharp early on, but would be foolish to look past Mark Giordano and Team Rocket as they continue to gel.
Week 2 Scoring Leaders:
Eastern Conference Scoring Leaders: Jon Burgio 26, Shane Canahai 26, John Papincak 24, Edvin Ramalic 23, Mike Ridge 23
Western Conference Scoring Leaders: Trae Irvin 27, Ben Walkow 26, Will Castro 25, Adrian Wood 21, Dan Moreno 20.
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