In the third annual St. Patty’s Day themed action the VeryAggressiveGuys locked up their third consecutive win with a victory over Phi Slamma Jamma, while Moe Bailey leads Court Justice in a 28 point win over R.I.P. Ent.
Buffalo, NY- In what has become a Buffalo tradition on St. Patty’s Day, over a hundred players and many more fans and friends opted to pass on boozing (at least for a couple hours) and take part in Buffalo’s #1 basketball league. In the first game of action a rejuvenated VeryAggressiveGuys squad took on newcomers Phi Slamma Jamma, who are still looking for their first win of the season. They were unable to call upon the luck of the Irish in this game as the VeryAggressiveGuys were just too much to handle, looking like a whole new team this season with the return of Ben Walkow. Mike Bartozek led all scorers with 18 to carry the VeryAggressiveGuys to a 61-53 victory.
Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy captain Lenny Frears came into the St. Patty’s Day match-up with a chip on his shoulder after being left out of the conversation of undefeated teams in last weeks recap. As of last week Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy was undefeated. This week they aren’t. In a battle of two of the division’s most promising teams, JLin & The Temptations got the edge behind a solid game by Shawn Reed who scored a game high 24 points. BSWA favorite Bashir Ansari also made an appearance for JLin & The Tempations chipping in 4 points in addition to contributing with a heavy dose of leadership on the court. Final Score: JLin & The Temptations 76, Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy 62.
The 5pm game was all about two players: Mark Ward and Mike Capuana. Ward led the Billies with a season high 37 points, while The U.H. captain Mike Capuana missed the game for undisclosed family reasons. The Billies took advantage of his absence in the lopsided victory locking up the win 84-46. Nick Pfohman finally got his squad in the win column with a win over THE Goon Squad. Jerome Matthews (15 points) finally made a complete game to give Pfohman (13 points) the offensive support he needed in the backcourt.
In the first Eastern Conference action of the day, Court Justice faced R.I.P. Ent in the game of the week. Jeremy Rowe led the attack for R.I.P. Ent with 24 points, but he couldn’t get the support of his teammates to match Court Justice, who had four players score in double figures. Moe Bailey scored a season high 36 points as Court Justice stayed undefeated with the 97-69 point victory.
In the 8pm game Concrete squared off against White Men Can’t Jump. GM/Captain Gary Lee continued to make tweaks in the starting roster after the loss to R.I.P. Ent in week three and it paid off this week as they got the big win over Nick DiGangi and White Men Can’t Jump. Deon Williams scored a career high 26 points in the 71-59 victory.
In the 9pm the Raw Dawgs played against Buffalo’s Finest in one of the days best games. Kevin Fretthold, who long played his BSWA career in the shadow of his brother Steve, emerged from his shadow on St. Patty’s Day, leading the Raw Dawgs to the 72-68 win, while scoring a game high 26 points. Jarred Reed kicked in 24 points for Buffalo’s Finest but it wasn’t enough as the Raw Dawgs picked up the win, 72-68.
In the final game of the night Dean Antalik put on a show as Norfolk N’ Chance faced off against Dave Hall and CKNY. At one point in the second half Dean Antalik, the BSWA’s All-Time leading scorer, knocked down five consecutive three-pointers to bring Norfolk N’ Chance back into the game after letting the contest nearly slip away. But it was Todd Kane who took the slow and steady approach, knocking down six three-pointers throughout the game to complement Dave Hall, who scored 28 points to lead CKNY to a 66-56 point win over Norfolk N’ Chance.