FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Love was in the air – the love for balling, the love for competition, the love for teammates, the love for the referees (well, maybe that’s stretching things a bit) – as the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Men’s 30+ Basketball League engaged in pre-Valentine’s Day festivities during Week Nine play.
Winning team: Falcons (72)
Losing team: Drive N Dish (58)
Jason “Ball is Life” Shann poured in 26 points (5-9 from downtown), and Rookie of the Year candidate Clay Torres double-doubled (20 & 10), as the Falcons snapped a three-game skid. For DND, guard Brian Ciemneicki, FSPY’s all-time assist leader, had a signature outing – 21 pts, 6 rebs, 10 dimes. The beneficiary of many of those dimes was 50-something Steve Lee, the league’s ancient Chinese secret, who finished with 19 points. Chris Beaudry (8 & 12) came up solid in a losing cause.
Winning team: Get Buckets (48)
Losing team: Hickory Hoosiers (32)
First-place Get Buckets just keeps rolling along, winning their fourth straight, behind Jamal Berry’s 21 & 10 performance, and Capt. Justin Fiory’s 10 tallies. A triumph in Week 10 will lock up the #1 seed for G.B. heading into the playoffs. The Hoosiers, who fell for the third consecutive week, found the iron unkind, shooting a paltry 17% from the floor (6 for 35). Vic Bauer (11 pts) and Craig Cichocki (6 pts, 12 boards) were bright spots for the Hicks.
Winning team: Flash-N-Bang (68)
Losing team: Size Matters (61)
The day’s tightest contest featured a “low”down showdown between the Flash’s Warren Lowe, and Size Matters’ Scott Lowder. The prolific, high-scoring Lowe pumped in a league season-best 38 pts to offset a nearly-as-impressive 30-pt onslaught by veteran sweet-stroker Lowder (6-10 from three-land), as FNB staved off their sizeable opponents. Rob Christensen (11) and Omar Glover (9 & 10) were instrumental for the victors, while Jason Pompeo (15 caroms) and Chris Burke both produced 10 pts in defeat.
Winning team: Slamma Jamma (58)
Losing team: No Conscience (43)
The 2nd hottest squad currently jamming, and perhaps the most likely to get carded, won its third in a row thanks to their trio of young guns – Rich Cobbinah (16 pts, 4 threes, 7 rebs), Greg Josephsen (16 & 6), and Gavin Ford (15 & 8). Slam Jam’s elder statesman, Dave Berger, chipped in with 9. Gregg Carder (14 pts) and Capt. Chris Mattina (13 pts, 3 from beyond the arc) paced No Con, which saw its three-game win streak halted.
Get Buckets 8-1
Size Matters 6-3
Slamma Jamma 6-3
No Conscience 5-4
Hickory Hoosiers 3-6
Drive N Dish 2-7
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