Court Justice shocks Slaughterhouse with last second rally and Sponge Bob Square Pants locks up another shorthanded victory with a phenomenal performance by Adam Lafleur.
Buffalo, NY- Week 7 was yet another example of why no other league provides the type of excitement as the Healthy Buffalo Champions League. In game one the White Men Can’t Jump edged out two-time champions V.A.G. as Frank Musso continued his scoring run with a game high 20 points. In game two, Concrete knocked off Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy, despite a furious rally late in the game led by Blake Slawek, who had six three-pointers and a career high 18 points and Danny Picculia (19 points). The win puts Concrete in sole possession of first place in the West. Prestige Worldwide continued their strong run with another win in Week 7 over Peerless Insurance. It was a balanced effort that toppled Peerless Insurance, who have been in a free fall after a promising start to the season.
The Billies topped the Buffalo Braves in the Western Division game of the week. Mark Ward scored a game high 27 points in the win. John Abernathy provided a spark late for the Braves after missing the first half, but it was too little, too late as the Billies cruised to a 64-55 point win. In the final game of play in the West for the day, James Kim and company racked up their second consecutive win with a victory over the Fastbreakers. The win leaves them only a half game out of the playoffs in the West with one game and a bye remaining.
We All We Got pulled out a nail-biter against MVP Network Consulting in the first game of action in the east. Curtis Hairston had his best game of the season to lead We All We Got to victory, scoring all thirteen of his points in the second half to pull out the win. The win spoiled Ron Maliki’s monster 35 point scoring performance. R.I.P. Ent stayed hot, pulling out a win over Ball Never Lies. newcomer Jason Rowe scored a career high 21 points in the win. Norfolk N’ Chance welcomed John Papincak back to the lineup after a two week absence in the 8pm game against Team First.
Papincak kicked in 18 points to complement Dean Antalik, who scored a game high 23 points in the win. Next up was the highly anticipated game between Slaughterhouse and Court Justice. Perry Davis had this game circled on his schedule since the beginning of the season, as he left Court Justice after season five to form his own team composed of BSWA legends Will Castro, Randy Martin, and Dave Laudero, while adding newcomer Duriel Price. Slaugherhouse appeared to be in firm control of this game through most of the action, but Court Justice rallied late behind a three pointer by Brain Walter, followed by consecutive turnovers in the final two possessions that Moe Bailey converted into the game tying three pointer and the game winning layup as time expired. In the final game of the night Sponge Bob Square Pants took on Reloaded.
Adam Lafleur started the game on fire scoring 23 points in the first half, showing flashes of his shooting stroke made famous in season two. Lafleur’s shooting touch carried Sponge Bob to a 48-32 lead at the half. In the second half, Carlos ‘King Los’ Hawkins, Nick Jarmusz and Brian Alley went into serious rally mode and erased Sponge Bob’s lead but couldn’t close the deal as King Los was called for a travel in their final possession and then they had a defensive breakdown on the following play that allowed Jeff Padovaro (14 points) to score an uncontested layup on the inbound pass as time expired to pull out the win. The win keeps Sponge Bob in the mix, while the loss puts a tremendous amount of pressure on Reloaded to win their final game in Week 8 before ended the final week of the season with a bye.