R.I.P. Ent looks impressive in big winner over Norfolk N’ Chance, while The U.H. racks up another big win as the only undefeated team remaining.
Buffalo, NY- As Kronies Jamfest reaches the midway point of the season, there are more questions than answers. Many of the teams that started strong have since fallen, while many of the teams were getting rolled early on have since regrouped and appear ready to contend. After a slow start R.I.P. Ent has come off a couple impressive wins in the East, while Points In A Hurry and Geeks & Sneaks have bounced back in the West after slow starts. On the flip side Concrete and Practical Modern Basketball have both hit a big slumps following strong starts to their seasons.
Sponge Bob Square Pants welcomed back All-Star center Jon Burgio and racked up a big win against IMPROV in a suprisingly low scoring affair from two offensive powerhouses. R.I.P. Ent also had a big win over Norfolk N’ Chance, who were coming off a big win against UPB in Week 4. R.I.P. Ent was once again playing with Jamal Cottman who gives them another offensive threat to complement Mitch Reese and makes them a more potent team. Court Justice bounced back in Week 4 after a slow start to get a win over Ugot Kirbstomped, pulling the returning champs out of last place in the East.
In the 4pm game the Spartans had a tough match-up against first place UPB, who were coming off there first loss of the season in Week 4. Danny Glover had an impressive game for the Spartans, knocking down six three-pointers, but they came up just short as UPB held on to first place with the win behind 31 points from Ray Ames.
In the 5pm game Adam Brasky came out of nowhere to drop 32 points and lead Points In A Hurry to a huge victory over Joe Catalano and White Men Can’t Jump. Captain Frank Musso had another strong showing with 17 points, but Points In A Hurry were just too much to handle. Kendall Jones also had a nice showing for Points In A Hurry with 26 points in his second game of the season.
Brian Roddey (20 points) continued his excellent play for Swagged Out leading his squad to a win over Gary Lee and Concrete. Swagged Out looks like they could make a nice late season run after starting off the season 0-3. As Swagged Out looks to continue its run, all eyes are on captain Chris Wagner who has missed the last couple games for personal reasons. Can his return in Week 6 help keep Swagged Out’s momentum alive against a struggling Practical Modern Basketball?
Carlos Hawkins put on a one man show against the VeryAggressiveGuys, scoring 34 points and sending the returning champs to last place in the West. V.A.G. put up a good fight but came up just short in a dramatic finish where Zach Smith hit the go ahead three pointer with seconds remaining.
The 8pm game featured the highly anticipated match-up between Healthy Buffalo and Geeks N’ Sneaks, who have several Healthy Buffalo alumni players on their roster. Unfortunately Healthy Buffalo captain Lenny Frears suffered a sever calf strain during practice during the week and could not make the game, in addition to Steve Hart and Shawn Dotzler who missed the game for personal reasons. Sneaks N’ Geeks took advantage of the shorthanded Healthy Buffalo squad, cruising to an 86-55 point win behind a career high 29 points from David Laudero and a magnificent 30th birthday performance by Randy Martin who scored 16 points, including a nice one-handed dunk in traffic in the second half.
In the 9pm game the Billies sent PMB home with their third consecutive loss. The Billies really look like they might have the pieces to go all the way this season. Justin Andreozzi led all scorers with 24 points as the Billies locked up their forth win of the season, 55-43. The loss left PMB searching for answers as they look to regroup for a big match-up against Swagged Out in Week 6.
The last remaining undefeated team in the league, The U.H. squared off against the leagues second leading scorer Nick Pfohman and the Flint Tropics in the final game of the night. The U.H., looking to avenge a postseason loss in KJ4, managed to contain Nick Pfohman, while getting a huge game from point guard Travis Craig (34 points), who carried the offensive load for Andrew Alfieri who was playing through a foot injury. Despite an ongoing list of injuries, someone steps up each week for The U.H. when they are needed most to keep their winning streak alive. Can they do it again next week against Dave Laudero and the Geeks N’ Sneaks? Find out live next Sunday at 6pm.