Team First squeezes by the Billies to remain undefeated in the West, while Court Justice escapes close call against Zach Rougeux and the Pick N’ Tootsie Rolls.
Buffalo, NY- Week 6 may just have been the best day of basketball yet in Kronies Jamfest 3. In the final week before the holiday break there is definitely a playoff mentality in the air. In game one Swagged Out squared off against Hit It & Quit It. Both teams were missing key players as Hit It & Quit It captain Jeff Davis missed another game with a fractured wrist and Swagged Out co-captain missed another because of an undisclosed injury. Swagged Out started out hot and brought a seven point lead into the second half, but in the second half Devin Kelley took over for Hit It & Quit It, scoring 12 of his 21 in the second including the game winning shot. Final Score: Hit It & Quit It 53, Swagged Out 51.
In game two the VeryAggressiveGuys played John Bowen and Healthy Buffalo. Healthy Buffalo kept it close early, but the VeryAggressiveGuys blew it open in the second half as all five starters reached double digits in scoring, led by Jake Walkow who led all scorers with 23 points. Final Score: VeryAggressiveGuys 77, Healthy Buffalo 40.
In the Week 6 Game of the Week, undefeated Team First took on the second place Billies. No one wanted to miss this one as both teams came stocked and loaded and ready to roll with full rosters and subs. Things looked good early on for the Billies as they worked the ball around, got good looks and built an eight point lead at the half. But in the second half Team First turned up the intensity level and fought back into the game behind Carson Ervin (9 points), Ron Malecki (9 points), and captain Bashir Ansari who led all scorers with 13 points. In the end Team First squeezed out the two point victory, 53-51.
In the forth game a shorthanded Team Rocket faced off against the Wolfpack. Team Rocket was once again boosted by the return of Randy Martin who had 43 points in the game, as well as Mark Giordano who scored a career high 31 points. The Wolfpack kept it close in the first half, but let things get away from them in the second half as they struggled to contain Team Rocket’s fast break attack. Final Score: Team Rocket 105, The Wolfpack 46.
In game 5 the Hoosiers were looking to pick up there first win against the Queen City Stampede. Edvin Ramulic stayed hot for the Queen City Stampede with 28 points, while Ramone Alls kicked in 17 points. The Hoosiers got good games out of Dave Hall (23 points) and captain Marc Antecki (18 points), but came up just short in the end, 79-77.
In game 6 Swoopin’ In On Ya Girl took on R.I.P. Ent. Emotions flared in this one as both teams looked to make a statement with a win. John Papincak continued his strong play with 22 points, strengthening his grasp on the scoring title. Mitch Reese played his heart out for R.I.P. Ent leading the team with 22 points, but it wouldn’t prove enough to knock of Swoopin’ In On Ya Girl, who picked up their fifth win of the season, 78-73.
In the 7pm game Sponge Bob Square Pants put in in cruise control against AXA, coasting to a 46-28 halftime lead. Jon Burgio (23 points) and Adam Lafleur (22 points) continued to made their case as the top one-two punch in the BSWA with 45 points combined. AXA made a late run but it wasn’t enough to slow down Sponge Bob who pulled out the win, 76-61.
In the final game of the night the Pick N’ Tootsie Rolls were looking for the upset against undefeated Court Justice. Vincent Cerretto (14 points) made his debut for the Tootsie Rolls providing an inside presence as well as another scoring option to complement Zach Rougeux (9 points). The Tootsie Rolls started off hot building a quick lead, but Court Justice fought back to take a two point lead into the half. The second half saw eight lead changes as the game was up for grabs, but Court Justice was able to force back-to-back turnovers in the Tootsie Rolls final two possessions and squeeze out the victory 58-56.
Week 7 Game of the Week
Matt Nagorski and the Queen City Stampede look to stay in the playoff hunt with a big game against league leading scorer John Papincak and Swoopin’ In On Ya Girl. If the Queen City Stampede can get their whole squad together they should have a chance to pull out the W.
Week 6 Eastern Conference Scoring Leaders: Edvin Ramalic 28, Dave Hall 23, Jon Burgio 23, Mitch Reese 22, Adam Lafluer 22.
Week 6 Western Conference Scoring Leaders: Randy Martin 43, Mark Giordano 31, Nick Tydka 25, Jake Walkow 23, Devin Kelley 21.
Eastern Conference Scoring Leaders
Western Conference Scoring Leaders