Sponge Bob comes out on fire in Week 1, while Court Justice and the VeryAggressiveGuys go down.
Buffalo, NY- Opening week is perhaps the most interesting week of the regular season as each squad has a clean slate, a fresh start to the season. This off-season was the busiest in the in the history of Kronies Jamfest. Kevin Kirby brought over Ugot Kirbstomped from the Monday Night Town Boys & Girls Club League with BSWA veterans Terence Dill, Frank Dileo and James Dovey. They had their hands full with IMPROV, who picked up big man Lucas Pichette and moved to the East. The front court of IMPROV was two much for Ugot Kirbstomped to handle as Lucas Pichette and Paul Quarcini combined for 33 points while controlling the paint in their 56-43 victory.
R.I.P. Ent returned after sitting out on Kronies Jamfest 4 and picked up right where they left off with a close win over Marc Antecki and the Hoosiers. Mitch Reese looked sharp in his return, while Marcus Loder (17 points) and Jerred Novotry (17 points) had a good match-up going back and forth throughout.
Mike Ridge brought in a revamped team to Kronies Jamfest 5, including the return of KJ All-Star Shane Canahai who came out hot in opening week with a game high 31 points. Newcomer Tyler Ferguson also put on an impressive performance in his debut with 19 points, including an 18 foot baseline jumper to put the game away in the second. Brian Walter put up 30 points for Court Justice, but it wasn’t enough as UPB pulled off the opening week win, 90-85.
Sponge Bob Square Pants made a couple key acquisitions in the off-season, bringing in Matt Hart and John Bowen from I R Colludge Edjukated. The moves paid off big time with a dominant performance over KJ newcomers the Spartans. All-Star Elton Frazier threw down a couple of monster dunks in the win and Matt Hart kicked in a game high 26 points. Danny Glover got hot late knocking down five second half three-pointers, but will have to wait until next week for a shot at their first KJ victory as Sponge Bob cruised to a 90-73 point victory.
White Men Can’t Jump came back hungry after having their championship hopes dashed in the semis of KJ4. To add insult to injury they lost two of their top players in the off-season as Tim Cammaratta and Scott Grandits left the squad for personal reasons. WMCJ sharpshooter Joe Catalano took it all in stride coolly knocking down a BSWA record 11 three-pointers in a convincing 102-58 win over Dave Laudero and Geeks N’ Sneaks. Geeks N’ Sneaks brought in a number of BSWA veterans including Randy Martin (20 points) and Shawn Satarian (17 points) and should have a promising season in front of them but appear to need a little more time to gel first.
Healthy Buffalo appears to have put together their most impressive team in at least two or three season as Tyshawn Johnson, Steve Hart, and Shawn Dotzler joined up with Lenny Frears and Martin Kovatchki. In their opening game they faced Chris Wagner and Swagged Out who also sat out Kronies Jamfest 4. This was another classic as Healthy Buffalo eked out a narrow 55-52 victory led by Steve Hart who scored a team high 18 points.
In the final game of the night Gary Lee and Concrete faced off in an epic battle against the returning champion VeryAggressiveGuys. The V.A.G. came out hot jumping out to a 25-17 point lead, but in the second half Concrete picked up the defensive pressure to get back into the game. Jerome Fountain had a very impressive debut including a nice mix of long range shooting combined with some key steals which led to easy baskets on the offensive end. The V.A.G. will need to fight an uphill battle to three-peat after starting off the season with a loss, 56-50.
In Other Kronies Jamfest 5 Action…
Practical Modern Basketball looked dominant in a 78-38 win over Steve Allen and Points In A Hurry. The U.H. appeared to have found a nice replacement in the absence of Lucas Pichette with Andrew Alfieri who scored 23 points in his debut leading The U.H. to a 58-51 victory. Newcomers Reloaded make a statement with a win over Nick Pfohman and the Flint Tropics led behind big man Carlos Hawkins who led all scorers with 27 points.