Buffalo, NY- Week 2 welcomed the last two teams into the mix, as the Cleveland Beamers and the Wolfpack made their season debuts after the opening week bye. The Cleveland Beamers picked up the win over a shorthanded R.I.P. Ent. The Beamers showcased a completely revamped team from last season as only John Meyers (9 points) and captain Edvin Ramulic (36 points) returned from Season 9. While the new players showed some promise, they were definitely missing something a spark out on the court with the absence of utility man Lee Tringali, who was let go in the off-season.
The Wolfpack on the other hand, had their hands full as they were introduced into the league with a game against the Fastbreakers. As the Fastbreakers jumped out to a 38-13 halftime lead, many analysts were reminded of the Wolfpack of yore, who failed to win a game in the history of the franchise. However, they fought back in the second half and lost by a more respectable 71-39 margin and the season is still young. Unfortunately things won’t get easier in Week 3 as they have a matchup against a Healthy Buffalo squad loaded with firepower.
United Hoops picked up there first win of the season against The U.H. It was an all round solid team effort for United Hoops, who were led by Xavier Ruiz who had a team high 20 points. Will Castro led The U.H. with 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to fend off a determined United Hoops squad who picked up the 61-47 win.
Nick Jarmusz had another impressive offensive night in Week 2 as Concrete thrashed Off Constantly. Jarmusz scored a season high 43 points as he looks to defend his scoring title. While it is still early, Concrete looks to have the pieces to make a deep run come playoff time.
The Premature Shooters put their first notch in the win column with a solid victory of Grind Time. Jeff Starr led the offensive attack with a game high 23 points, while Grind Time suffered in the absence of their leader Mike Bartoszek, who missed the game for undisclosed reasons. Final score: Premature Shooters 60, Grind Time 40.
White Men Can’t Jump picked up another convincing win in Week 2 with an 86-28 win of the Nickel City Dimers. WMCJ Captain Frank Musso led all scorers with 27 points, while sharpshooter Joe Catalano chipped in 19 points and veteran Nick DiGangi scored 15.
Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy joined the Fastbreakers and White Men Can’t Jump as the third team to jump out to a 2-0 start in League B. They beat the Billies 49-42. The Billies were without their franchise leading scorer Mark Ward. In his absence the Billies failed to drum up much offense as only Frank Pieri (13 points) reached double figures. Clayton Hess carried Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy in this one as he scored a season high 20 points.
In the first game of League A action Swoopin’ In’ On Ya Girl played the Very Aggressive Guys as both team were in the hunt for their first win of the season. Swoopin’ jumped out to a commanding 44-26 lead at the half and then held on to lock up the 77-66 win. Antalik (29 points) and Papincak (27 points) were a dynamic duo on the court and overshadowed the strong play of Ineson (23 points) and Bennett (31 points) for the Very Aggressive Guys.
Ahmed Nagaya continued his scoring prowess for a second consecutive week with a 32 point performance to follow up his 29 point performance on opening day. Niagara University got off to a better start against Pelican Bay than they did against 2 Live Crew in Week 1, but it wasn’t enough to pose a legitimate threat to Mark Gross and Pelican Bay who locked up their second win of the season with the 74-59 win.
The Toon Squad looked to continue their historic run through the league as they locked up their 13 consecutive win dating back to the beginning of Season 9. This week Norfolk N’ Chance were their victims. Adam Brasky scored a game high 22 points, while Justin Andreozzi chipped in another 20 points in the 62-53 win.
In the final game of Week 2 Court Justice played 2 Live Crew in a frenetic game of high-paced back and forth basketball. 2 Live Crew outlasted Court Justice behind the strong play on both ends of the court by Travis Craig (21 points). The win puts 2 Live Crew in the elite company of Pelican Bay and the Toon Squad as the only remaining undefeated teams in League A.
Get ready for more of Buffalo’s best basketball action this Sunday!