Court Justice and the Fastbreakers become the final two undefeated teams in the league as CKNY knocks off Sponge Bob Square Pants and the VeryAggressiveGuys hand JLin & The Temptations their first loss of the season.
Buffalo, NY- After three weeks of play the Champions League in full swing. R.I.P. Ent made a big pickup this season with the acquisition of former Victor’s Bar & Grill standout Vaughn Williams, who proved to be critical in R.I.P.’s win over Concrete. Williams scored 16 points including a number of big shots down the stretch as R.I.P. overcame a big first half deficit to hand Concrete its second straight loss. The loss left Concrete captain/GM searching for answers and promising change as the pround franchise is not used to losing consecutive games.
In Game 2 Court Justice overcame a seven point halftime deficit to beat Norfolk N’ Chance and start their quest for a second consecutive championship with a stellar 3-0 start to the season. John Papincak led Norfolk N’ Chance with 26 points, but it wasn’t enough as Kevin Ford (18 points) and Jeffrey Curry (22 points) gave Court Justice a big one-two punch to lead their team to victory 87-75.
In the third game of the afternoon CKNY took on Sponge Bob Square Pants, who have looked unstoppable through the first two weeks of the season. Yet CKNY had a trick up their sleeve as floor general Todd Kane made his Champions League debut and scored a 16 points to lead CKNY to a big victory over one of the leagues best teams.
After getting roughed up in the first two weeks of play White Men Can’t Jump was looking to make a statement against Buffalo’s Finest. Perry Davis delivered an inspiring performance scoring a season high 33 points to lead all scorers and hand White Men Can’t Jump their first win of the season.
In the first game of Western Conference play the Fastbreakers faced off against Brian Jolley and Phi Slamma Jamma. The inside-outside attack of Shawn Satarian and Paul Quarcini once again proved too much for the opposition to handle as the Fastbreakers locked up their third win of the season while taking sole possession of first place in the West.
Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy looked nearly unstoppable against the Flint Tropics in the 8pm game, as the Tropics had no answer from the inside presence of Brandon Dudek (11 points) and Clayton Hess (13 points). Troy Langworthy also made quite an impact scoring a game high 19 points. While it was a bleak evening for the Flint Tropics all was not lost as Jerome Matthews made his season debut and scored 18 second half point after arriving late for game and could provide the offensive spark the Tropics need for the rest of the season. Final Score: Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy 75, Flint Tropics 48.
In the 9pm game JLin & The Temptations looked to make it three in a row against the VeryAggressiveGuys. But the VeryAggressiveGuys had other ideas as the regrouped two-time champs looked poised to return to championship form with the return of Ben Walkow (7 points) and the addition of Tony Wojtusiak (8 points). The VeryAggressiveGuys handed JLin & The Temptations their first loss of the season, 56-50 and look ready once again to compete for a title.
The final game of the night featured two of the leagues most fundamentally sound teams as the Billies squared off against THE Goon Squad. THE Goon Squad led by two at the half, but in the second half the Billies All-Star center Frank Pieri poured on the offensive attack scoring a game high 23 points, while leading the Billies to a 58-55 victory.
Week 4 Preview
In the 7pm game, Court Justice looks to stay undefeated against divisional rival R.I.P. Ent in one of the leagues best rivalries, while the Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy squares off against JLin & The Temptations in a battle of two of the leagues most improved teams. The Fastbreakers have the week off, but will put their undefeated record on the line against the Billies in Week 5. Stay tuned for Buffalo’s best hoops action!