The VeryAggressiveGuys pull off shocking victory in final week of season to keep The U.H. from becoming the first ever team to go through Kronies Jamfest undefeated.
Buffalo, NY- There was too much action to put into words last Sunday in the final week of Kronies Jamfest action. Shane Canahai (22 points) wrapped up the Eastern Conference scoring title in UPB’s win over UGot Kirbstomped which officially ended Kirbstomped’s season and gave UPB home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Terence Dill and Efrian Rodriguez scored 29 points a piece to give Canahai a run for his money in the scoring chase, but it wasn’t enough in the absence of captain Kevin Kirby, who missed his second consecutive game for personal reasons.
After watching Ugot Kirbstomped drop in Game 1, Norfolk N’ Chance and IMPROV were both a lock for the playoffs. But that did nothing to lower the level of intensity as both teams were looking to move up in the standings to lock up a favorable match up for the playoffs. John Papincak had what was perhaps his best game of the season doing his damage from inside and long range in leading all scorers with 26 points, while Darrik Bloomfield led IMPROV with 21 points including a ridiculous one-handed dunk as time expired in the first half. Norfolk N’ Chance pulled out the win 65-62 and looked sharp heading into the playoffs.
Practical Modern Basketball battled the Flint Tropics in the 5pm game with the loser being sent home until KJ6 and the victor moving on to the playoffs. Captain, All-Star and spiritual leader Darren Kresge was unavailable for the finale as he missed his only game of the season to host the BEAT FEST music festival and the Tropics took advantage of his absence, knocking off PMB 56-51.
The 6pm game was perhaps the biggest game of the season as The U.H. appeared to be in pole position to lock up the first ever undefeated season in Kronies Jamfest history. All they had to do was knock off the VeryAggressiveGuys, who only a few weeks ago were languishing near the bottom of the division and suffering from low morale and infighting. Many pundits had written off the V.A.G., but Ben Walkow (19 points) and company had a different idea. They dug deep and delivered a performance reminiscent of KJ3 and KJ4, with their signature aggressive play, full-court press and fast break offense. At halftime they were up 32-23 and by the time the game was over they were up an astonishing 63-43. The V.A.G. is officially back, as they earned themselves the final playoff spot with the win and a date to play a rematch against the once unstoppable The U.H. Can The U.H. bounce back or have the V.A.G. set the stage for a miraculous three-peat?
In the 7pm game Concrete knocked off the Geeks N’ Sneaks, to put an end their season. Al Ahmed had another excellent game leading all scorers with 26 points in the 72-56 victory. The win set up a match in the playoffs against Swagged Out for Concrete, while Geeks N’ Sneaks captain Dave Laudero was already contemplating and strategizing off season moves for KJ6.
In the 8pm game the Billies made a statement with a big win over Points In A Hurry and locked up the number two seed in the West. Justin Andreozzi scored a career high 36 points in the win, while continuing to establish himself as one of the West’s top players. Adam Brasky chipped in 24 points for Points In A Hurry while finishing the regular season as the forth leading scorer in the division. As one of the BSWA’s founding franchises, the Billies might have their best opportunity yet to bring home a title this season.
Mitch Reese and Darcell Thomas sat for the final game of the regular season and Court Justice took advantage of their absence. Moe Bailey followed up his 49 point record breaking performance in Week 8 with a 44 point performance in Court Justice’s 97-85 victory against R.I.P. Ent in the regular season finale. Jesse Watkins stepped up for R.I.P. Ent in the absence of Reese and Thomas, highlighting his ability to score with a team high 30 points, including eight three-pointers. The two teams will face off in round one of the playoffs this Sunday, in a rematch of the Kronies Jamfest 3 finals. Their game Sunday has the makings of a BSWA classic. Don’t miss it.
In the final game of the night Reloaded squeaked out a narrow victory against Swagged Out, behind the dominant play of Carlos Hawkins, who wrapped up the scoring title while ripping off 39 points in the win.
With Week 9 officially in the books it’s time to bring on the playoffs. Want to become a BSWA legend? Now is the time to make your mark.