Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA 30+ Men’s Basketball League Week #8

Falcons guard Eljay Aguillo (#34) drives to the basket, as Slamma Jamma opponent Dave Berger looks to protect the rim. Aguillo scored 17 points, but Slamma Jamma prevailed, 50-48.

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- On Super Bowl Sunday, there were no epic New England Patriots-like comeback performances in the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Men’s 30+ Basketball League. However, Week Eight saw a couple of closely-contested matchups, one involving, yes, the Falcons, who suffered the same fate as their NFL namesakes would later that night.

Game #1
Winning team: Size Matters     (49)
Losing team:  Hickory Hoosiers (38)

Size Matters rebounded from a Week 7 defeat, behind 14-pt tallies from both standout rookie Chris Burke (10 boards), and steady vet Scott Lowder (6 rebs). Jason Pompeo returned from a one-game absence to chip in 10 pts for the victors. The Hoosiers, losers of two straight, hung tough until Super Bowl fever forced the departure of several players at halftime. David Ferreiro (20 pts) tried to carry his Hick teammates on his broad shoulders, but in the end, it did not matter. 

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Game #2
Winning team:  No Conscience (69)
Losing team:   Flash-N-Bang  (67)

MVP candidate Stephen Murray continued his torrid pace, with a Brady-esque 31-pt, 8-reb masterpiece, as No Con edged F-N-B for its third consecutive win. The ageless Tim Gray (16 pts) and Capt. Chris Mattina (11 pts, 3 threes) were instrumental for N.C. as well. Flashy Warren Lowe, the league’s top scorer (26 ppg), turned in the season’s nearest triple-double gem with a stat line of 34-10-6, while Omar Glover (17) and center Rob Christensen (9 & 6), gave F-N-B a lot of bang for their buck.

Game #3
Winning team:  Slamma Jamma (50)
Losing team:   Falcons      (48)

Perhaps a harbinger of things to come at SB LI, the Falcons were hoping to get the party started early for the Dirty Birds.  But, the dynamic Slam Jam duo of Gavin Ford (17 pts, 8-8 FG) and Greg Josephsen (15 pts) saw to it that there would be no champagne brunch for the Falcs. Diaper dandy Clay Torres nailed four from downtown, totaling 19 pts and 12 boards, while point guard Eljay Aguillo (17 pts, 9-9 from the charity stripe) kept the dream alive for the now Angry Birds, wing-less in their last three.

Game #4
Winning team: Get Buckets  (71)
Losing team:  Drive N Dish (41)

Maestro Jamal Berry put on an efficient 24-pt, 9-carom show, Capt. Justin Fiory (17 pts) played a principal part, and the threesome of “KG” Kevin Gannon, Mike Ruccio, and debutante Auberson Eustache chipped in 8 pts apiece, as G.B. stayed #1 in the power rankings. The already depleted Drive N Dish, now without another key cog, Capt. Greg Shea (in concussion protocol) received stoic efforts from Brian Ciemneicki (16), Chris Beaudry (12) and first-year baller Efrem McCrimmon (8).

Get Buckets       7-1
Size Matters       6-2
No Conscience    5-3
Slamma Jamma  5-3
Hickory Hoosiers  3-5
Drive N Dish      2-6
Falcons             2-6
Flash-N-Bang     2-6

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