Buffalo, NY- As the hype began to recede and nerves began to calm, Kronies Jamfest 3 was officially underway. The third season of Buffalo’s #1 basketball brought with it more explosive dunks, eighteen teams, over 150 players, and all the bells and whistles one would expect from leagues past.
Game one featured DJ Dovey Ent against Marc Antecki and the Hoosiers. Antecki and company were looking to bounce back after last season’s early exit from the playoffs with a big game against DJ Dovey Ent, but Dave Kean and company had other plans. Dave Kean led DJ Dovey Ent with 16 points in an impressive season debut, while Jordan Vaccaro (11 points) and RJ Faustin (14 points) balanced out the attack. After winning the scoring crown in KJ2, Marc Antecki got off to a hot start in week one with 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Hoosiers to victory. Final Score: DJ Dovey Ent 60, Hoosiers 52.
The next game featured a couple of Kronies Jamfest newcomers as Hit It & Quit It battled it out with The Wolfpack. Sean O’Brien made a strong statement in his Kronies Jamfest debut, leading Hit It & Quit It with 24 points, while Chris Smith (19 points) and Tommy Gray (17 points) pitched in with strong performances. In the second half The Wolfpack fought back but it wasn’t enough to overcome their first half deficit. Final Score: Hit It & Quit It 77, The Wolfpack 24.
Game three was the highly anticipated match up between Jon Burgio and Sponge Bob Square Pants and John Papincak who returned for his second season of Kronies Jamfest with a new team, Swoopin’ In On Ya’ Girl. Sponge Bob jumped out to a quick lead behind the strong play of Elton Frazier (28 points), but things took a turn for the worst in the second half as starting point guard Brian Rowlinson went down with a twisted knee, forcing Sponge Bob to play the remainder of the game 4-on-5. Swoopin’ In a Ya’ Girl seized the opportunity and closed the eleven point gap as time winded down, making the winning free throw with one second remaining. Final Score: Swoopin’ In On Ya’ Girl 74, Sponge Bob Square Pants 73.
Game four featured Matt Nagorski and the Queen City Stampede against Kronies Jamfest newcomers Joe Nezezon and the Pick N’ Tootsie Rolls. Zach Rougeux made an impressive debut for the Pick N’ Tootsie Rolls with 14 points and a number of impressive moves to the basket, but it wasn’t enough to derail the Queen City Stampede who were led behind the strong play of captain Matt Nagorski (20 points) who pulled out the win 65 to 55.
Next up were the Billies who faced off against Nick Battaglia and Team Rocket. The Billies came out firing as Mark Ward jumped out to another strong start in KJ3 with 21 points. Team Rocket fought hard behind the tight defensive pressure of Nick Battaglia and Kevin Kirby and the offensive firepower of Lenny Frears (11 points), big man Greg Arnold (12 points), sharpshooter Marc Giordano (10 points), and Mike Capuana (10 points). In the end though the Billies got off on the right foot in their quest for a Kronies Jamfest championship with a 54-36 point victory.
In game six Kronies Jamfest newcomers Team First took on Franklin Jackson and Healthy Buffalo. John Bowen had an amazing game in his debut with 26 points, while Franklin Jackson (9 points) and Gary Lee (10 points) pitched in to keep Healthy Buffalo in the game. But it wasn’t enough to stop Bashir Ansari and Team First who got off to a hot start in week one, pulling out the win 75-57.
In game seven Hoops Unlimited challenged Jasen Ineson and the VeryAggressiveGuysInterestedInNotAlwaysLosing. Hoops Unlimited’s Kenneth Wilson established himself as a top perimeter scorer in Kronies Jamfest with six three pointers in his inaugural game, while the Very Aggressive Guys fought back with a balanced offensive attack led by Jasen Ineson (13 points) and pulled out the victory 48-40.
The final game of week one was the highly anticipated rematch of last season’s semi-final between R.I.P. Ent and Court Justice. In Kronies Jamfest 2, R.I.P. Ent pulled out a nail-biter, white-knuckled, one point victory against Brian Walter and Court Justice. The rematch would end up a bit different as Court Justice came out blazing hot led by Tim Irvin (17 points) and Kronies Jamfest newcomer MJ Rutlidge (16 points) who electrified the crowd with a barrage of high flying slam dunks. Jeremy Rowe scored a career high 22 points for R.I.P. Ent but it wasn’t enough for the win. Final Score: Court Justice 78, R.I.P. Ent 67.
Week 2 Game of the Week
In a rematch of last season’s championship game R.I.P. Ent takes on Elton Frazier and Sponge Bob Square Pants. R.I.P. Ent capped off a remarkable post season run in KJ2 with a stunning come from behind victory over Sponge Bob Square Pants. Both teams are looking to bounce back after losing in week one. The loser will be faced with an 0-2 record and an uphill battle to the playoffs. This is definitely the game to watch in week two.
Week 1 Scoring Leaders:
Week 1 Eastern Conference Scoring Leaders: Elton Frazier 28, Glen Lomax 27, Jeremy Rowe 22, Matt Nagorski 20, Jon Burgio 19, Tim Irvin 17, Dave Kean 16, Marc Antecki 16, John Papincak 16, Anthony Morreale 16.
Week 1 Western Conference Scoring Leaders: John Bowen 26, Sean O’Brien 24, Mark Ward 21, Ronald Malicki 21, Adrian Wood 20, Chris Smith 19, Kenneth Wilson 18, Tommy Gray 17, Aaron Wood 13, Jasen Ineson 13.
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