R.I.P. Ent, Slaughterhouse, and We All We Got all squeak out narrow wins to maintain three-way tie of first place atop the East. Mike Bennett continues his explosive scoring streak in win over White Men Can’t Jump.
Buffalo, NY- Their were a number of nail-biters in Saturday’s action. In game one, We All We Got pulled out a 70-67 win behind a game high 21 points by Dave Cunningham. All-Star Travis Craig had an opportunity to tie the game as time expired after an excellent comeback with a three point attempt but couldn’t knock it down. In game two R.I.P Ent slipped past Norfolk N’ Chance with a game winning shot at the buzzer by sharpshooter Phil Lindsey. Perry Davis took advantage as his size advantage to score a game high 33 points in Slaughterhouse’s 68-62 point win over United Hoops. In the 4pm game Reloaded welcomed the return of Carlos Hawkins (30 points) with a big win over Team First, despite a late rally led by Chris Hillman (15 points) and Andre Adams (13 points). Sponge Bob Square Pants knocked off Court Justice in the final game of Eastern Division play, as John Bowen has moved into more of a leadership role with the team in the absence of captain Jon Burgio. Newcomer Charles Eckert kicked in 11 points and Joe Coppola scored a team high 27 points in the win.
Concrete picked up the win against White Men Can’t Jump to take sole possession of first place in the West. Prestige Worldwide stayed hot with a win over Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy, following a big win against Concrete in Week 5. Sugar Nevins scored a game high of 22 points to keep Prestige Worldwide in the hunt. Healthy Buffalo delivered the Billies their first loss of the season. They made a late rally but couldn’t cut the big hole they dug themselves into early on. Andy Fanelli scored a career high 21 points in what was perhaps the best performance of his career in what is being touted as a ‘statement’ win for the team. Jeremy Lin & The Temptations got their first win of the season with a victory over Peerless Insurance. Marquis Ware had another exceptional game shooting, scoring 17 points in leading his squad to the win. In the final game of the night the Buffalo Braves took on the Fastbreakers in a tale of two halves. The Buffalo Braves jumped out to a 45-24 point lead at the half and scored at will as John Abernathy (17 points), Aris Schultz (21 points) and Galen Stone (18 points) all reached double figures in the first half. But in the second half Braves big man Galen Stone got into foul trouble and the tide of the game changed as the Fastbreakers lit it up from downtown and completed what is possibly the greatest comeback in BSWA history, winning 68-62. The action resumes this Saturday as we enter the home stretch of the season. With only three games remaining it’s time to make a final push into the playoffs.