Buffalo, NY- Week three featured a number of key match-ups as the Champions League nears the midpoint of the season. In the first game of action the Very Aggressive Guys narrowly defeated White Men Can’t Jump to remain undefeated. The Very Aggressive Guys smothering defense managed to slow WMCJ sharp-shooter Joe Catalano (21 points), while Jasen Ineson (19 points) led the Very Aggressive Guys with a thunderous slam dunk and the game winning tip-in. Next week the Very Aggressive Guys will take on divisional heavyweight Concrete in a potential post season matchup.
In game two Yao Know What I Ming put their undefeated record on the line as well, as they hoped to stay locked atop League B with the Very Aggressive Guys. The Billies welcomed the return of big-man Frank Pieri (11 points), but it wasn’t enough to stop Yao Know What I Ming as Kyle Perla scored a team high 16 points and continues to impress Healthy Buffalo analysts in his inaugural season. Yao Know What I Ming pulled off another convincing win with the 64-46 victory over the Billies.
The Fastbreakers looked to stay in the hunt against a Healthy Buffalo team still in search of their first victory. The Fastbreakers were without their leading scorer Shawn Satarian, but still managed to cruise past Healthy Buffalo, who were without their veteran leader ‘Big Chip’ Ayers. Seth Runge led all scorers with 21 points in the 79-39 win.
In one of the day’s best games, Concrete won a nail-biter against the U.H. This one was a dog fight that went right down to the end. It was a blast from the past as Romain Lewis (7 points) and Al Ahmed (12 points) suited up for Concrete, but it was Nick Jarmusz who stole the show by scoring a game high 43 points while locking up their second victory of the season.
In the 6:35 game Team First notched their first strike in the win column over a feisty Toon Squad team who put up a valiant effort in defeat. Raysean Johnson led Team First with 26 points in the 76-61 win. Team First will square off against the Billies next week in one of the division’s best rivalries.
After the Toon Squad came the Tune Squad as Justine Andreozzi’s team looked to stay perfect on the season against a struggling Niagara University team that is still working on building some chemistry. Josh Becker (8 points) cooled off in this one after starting the season with a couple monster games, but his teammates picked up the slack as Jake Russell scored a career high 36 points and Adam Brasky chipped in another 24 points. Andreozzi and company locked up their third victory 115-66.
After their crushing defeat to the Tune Squad in the season opener, it looks like the returning champs are back on track as Norfolk N’ Chance cruised past the Franchise Players 107-46. Dean Antalik scored 48 points in the win, which was just a single point shy of the all-time record of 49 points in a game held by Moe Bailey of Court Justice. Norfolk N’ Chance newcomer John Boyer (22 points) made his season debut after missing the first couple games of the season and looks to be an excellent pick up for the team as they work to fill the void left open when Brasky and Becker left for the Tune Squad. After a bruising schedule to start the season, the Franchise Players will visit Niagara University in Week 4 as both teams will look to lock up their first win of the season.
The next matchup was a game rich in Knights of Columbus lore as childhood friends Jon Meyers (5 points) and Andrew Fanelli (6 points) continued their rivalry with Brian Walter, who scored yet another win in their ongoing rivalry. John Papincak made his season debut for the Steamers and chipped in 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to hand Court Justice a loss, as they stayed undefeated atop League A with the Tune Squad. The two teams will meet next week in the 2pm game in what could very well be a preview of the League A championship game.
In the final game of action of Week 3 the Superstars picked up a solid win against United Hoops. Teo Tejada scored a game high 25 points, but he couldn’t overcome the balanced attack of the Super Stars who were led by captain Tito Harris with 16 points. The win keeps the Super Stars in the hunt, just one game behind Court Justice and the Tune Squad.
Buffalo’s best hoops action resumes next week at 1pm!