SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Week Seven action in the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Men’s 30+ Basketball League demonstrated how anything can happen on any given Sunday, as a last place team defeated one of the league leaders.
Winning team: Slamma Jamma (68)
Losing team: Flash-N-Bang (56)
Slamma Jamma welcomed the return of guard Rich Cobbinah, following a two-game absence which saw Slam Jam lose consecutive contests. Cobbinah poured in a career-high 29 pts and grabbed six rebounds, while the frontcourt of Gavin Ford (16 pts, 10 boards) and Greg Josephsen (10 & 6) displayed their youthful prowess, as Slamma improved to 4-3. High-scoring Warren Lowe had a game-high 31 pts, and Omar Glover contributed 9 & 7 for Flash-N-Bang, which dropped their second in a row.
Winning team: No Conscience (60)
Losing team: Hickory Hoosiers (55)
In the most closely fought matchup of the day, No Conscience’s balanced attack helped snap the Hoosiers’ three-game winning streak. NC’s Steph “Curry” Murray (16 pts) drained 3-4 from downtown, and now for the season has shot a blistering 65% from beyond the arc (22-34). Gregg Carder (14), Tim Gray (13), and Jason Holley (12), also reached double figures for the victors. The Hicks were paced by Joe DeGennaro (12 & 8) and David Ferreiro (10). Vic Bauer and Dennis Glynn each tallied 9 pts.
Winning team: Drive N Dish (55)
Losing team: Size Matters (46)
On paper it looked like a mismatch – 1st place Size Matters against undersized, cellar-dwelling Drive N Dish. But, one of the league’s premier playmakers, Brian Ciemneicki, turned in a virtuoso 24-pt performance to propel the hungry upstarts to its 2nd victory. Backcourt mate Greg Shea dropped in 13 pts, and forward Chris Beaudry double-doubled (10 & 10) for DND. James Patrick (18 & 6) and rookie Chris Burke (10 & 8) flexed their size, but Matters could not overcome a 10-pt halftime deficit.
Winning team: Get Buckets (54)
Losing team: Falcons (37)
In the nightcap, Get Buckets took sole possession atop the standings behind its workhorse Jamal Berry, who registered 21 pts and 15 caroms. 2nd-year sharpshooter Brian Murphy stuck three triples to finish with 9 pts for G.B. Bright spots for the Falcons, losers of two straight, included Capt. Jason Shann (17 pts) and Joe Encarnacion (8).
Get Buckets 6-1
Size Matters 5-2
No Conscience 4-3
Slamma Jamma 4-3
Hickory Hoosiers 3-4
Drive N Dish 2-5
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