Buffalo, NY– Week 4 featured one of the most anticipated matchups to date as Justine Andreozzi led an undefeated Tune Squad against the two-time league champions Court Justice. Moe Bailey made his season debut for Court Justice after missing the first three games with injury. Court Justice welcomed his return as he led the team with 28 points, but they couldn’t match the offensive firepower of the Tune Squad, who were led by their valiant leader Justin Andreozzi (30 points) and Jake Russell who kicked in another 25 points. Tune Squad picked up the victory to go to 4-0 and remained the only team in League A with a chance to achieve the ever elusive goal of becoming the first ever undefeated team in league history.
As Tune Squad continues its chase for the first undefeated season, Niagara University eclipsed a different record as they became the first team to dress eleven players in a single game. Would it be enough to to rack up their first win in this battle of winless teams? It came right down to the end, but Roy Williams (23 points) led the Franchise Players to a 66-62 victory as they picked up their first W of the season.
In game three Norfolk N’ Chance took on the 2-1 Superstars. Dean Antalik (29 points) was coming off a monster 48 point performance and he stayed hot, while leading Norfolk N’ Chance to their third straight win after losing the season opener against the Tune Squad.
The Cleveland Beamers racked up their second win of the season against United Hoops in the 4pm game. They started the game red hot, carrying a 54-30 lead into the half, but nearly let it all slip away in the second. United Hoops opened the second half on a 16-0 run, including four consecutive three-pointers. Teo Tejada had another strong game for United Hoops leading his team with 24 points, but they couldn’t quite overcome the first half hole they dug themselves as their comeback efforts fell just short, losing 79-68 and falling to 1-3 on the season.
In the first League B action of the day the Fastbreakers played Chris Einhart and the Toon Squad. The Toon Squad had a tall task before them as they remained in search of their first victory of the season. It was uphill battle from the beginning as the Fastbreakers cruised to a 40-16 halftime lead, before finishing the game with the 83-49 win. Seth Runge scored a season high 26 points in the win.
The 6pm was the most highly anticipated League B game of the week as the Very Aggressive Guys took on divisional heavyweight Concrete. Analysts were particularly intrigued by the matchup between Nick Jarmusz and Mike Bennett, who between them have led the division in scoring in two of the last three seasons and will look to make it three out of four by the end of season nine. This one wasn’t much of a matchup as the Very Aggressive Guys blew open a giant second half lead to pull out the 71-44 win and remain in sole position of first place in League B.
It was upset central for the 7pm game as an amped up Healthy Buffalo squad delivered a shocking blow to Mike Capuana and the U.H. James ‘Big Chip’ Ayers, brought more than leadership to the court in week four, as he ‘chipped’ three three-pointers and a season high 13 points after missing week three for undisclosed personal reasons. Perry Davis kicked in a game-high 24 points for the U.H., but it wasn’t enough as Healthy Buffalo managed to squeeze out the win and pick up their first win of the season.
The Billies were without their most potent weapon for their 8pm matchup with divisional rival Team First as Mark Ward was nowhere to be found. Frank Pieri filled the scoring void racking up 28 points, while leading his Billy teammates to a 60-56 win and a 2-2 record heading into next weeks matchup with Concrete.
In the final game of the night White Men Can’t Jump handed Yao Know What I Ming their first loss of the season. Mohamed Hashi had what was perhaps his best performance of the season, scoring 10 points to go along with a number of key defensive stops in WMCJ’s 50-43 win.
The action continues next Saturday at 1pm!