Healthy Buffalo legend John Papincak captures his first ever Healthy Buffalo title as Western University knocks off the defending champs.
NF Ballers 60 – Western University 71
Getzville, NY- After another remarkable season of APEX A League hoops it all came down to two teams, as Western University battled it out with the NF Ballers for the title. The NF Ballers were the reigning champs and won the regular season matchup. However this time the stakes were much higher. Healthy Buffalo legend John Papincak (26 points) came out on fire, knocking down three consecutive 3-pointers to start the game. Being one of the highest profile Healthy Buffalo athletes never to win a title, Papincak had all the motivation he needed in this game. A win would cement his legacy as he hoped to join the pantheon of Healthy Buffalo greats such as Moe Bailey, Jon Burgio, Justin Andreozzi and Mitch Reese. You can’t join such exclusive company without having at least one title on your resume and of course all players are judged on how they perform in the biggest games.
Western University controlled the game from the beginning. Along with the strong performance of Papincak, Western University also got strong performances from Bryan Legge (16 points) and Jason Walcott (14 points). The NF Ballers made some strong runs, but couldn’t quite cut the early deficit. Shawn Satarian, one of the leagues most lethal scorers, was held to just eight points, while Robert Harris led the NF Ballers with 19 points.
After five remarkable season’s of basketball the future of the APEX League is in limbo. Kenny Campbell who was the impetus of the Healthy Buffalo APEX basketball leagues has now moved on from the Chapel leaving an uncertain future for the league. Stay posted to www.healthybuffalo.org or sign up for our mailing list to receive breaking news on the future of the league and if and when registration opens for Season 6.