Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA 30+ Men’s Basketball League Week #12

Hickory Hoosiers forward Joe DeGennaro powers up for a shot against Slamma Jamma's Gavin Ford during Wk 12 play. DeGennaro tallied 16 points to help the Hoosiers defeat their opponents, 56-54.

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The fun and games of the regular season is now complete. It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for the ballers of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Men’s 30+ Basketball League, as they set their sights on the March Madness tourney, and the coveted championship trophy.

Game #1
Winning team: Get Buckets   (49)
Losing team:  Size Matters  (45)

Get Buckets, the #1 seed and prohibitive favorites to cut down the nets, avenged their only loss of the year, with a narrow victory over Size (Sometimes) Matters.  Jamal Berry tallied 20 pts and Capt. Justin Fiory had 11 for G.B., who will ride a 7-game win streak into the Big Dance.  Size Matt, which secured the #2 seed despite the defeat, was led by first-year sensation Chris Burke (20 pts, 9 rebs), and James Patrick (12 & 8).

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Game #2
Winning team:  Hickory Hoosiers (56)
Losing team:  Slamma Jamma (54)

In perhaps the signature tilt of the regular season, Hoosiers guard Geoff Gonzales drilled a left wing jumper with two seconds remaining, to propel the Hicks in the back-and-forth tussle.  Gonzo finished with 14 pts, and was ably supported by Joe DeGennaro (16), Dave Ferreiro (12), and Craig “The Beast” Cichocki (9 & 12).  Slam Jam, which enters the Madness as the #3 seed, received a terrific 26 & 8 performance from Gavin Ford, and 13 pts from rookie standout Greg Josephsen.

Game #3
Winning team:  Flash-N-Bang (78)
Losing team:   Drive N Dish (60)

Flash-N-Bang will start the post-season on an offensive high, after scoring 79 & 78 points in back-to-back triumphs.  Warren Lowe turned in one of the gems in FSPY history – 44 pts (7 threes), 11 caroms, 8 assists – and Omar Glover added a 14 & 14 double-double to lead the way for F-N-B.  Steady Chris Beaudry (21 & 12) and Brian Ciemneicki (17) paced the injury-riddled DND, while Pat Rogers (16 pts, 4 treys) and Steve Lee (13 boards, 6 dimes) made solid contributions.

Game #4
Winning team: No Conscience (60)
Losing team: Falcons (53)

No Con, spurred by 16 pts apiece from Gregg Carder (14 rebs) and Stephen Murray, and 9 each from Chris Mattina & Chris Ward, snapped a three-game skid, and locked down seed #4.  The Falcs kept things close, thanks to Capt. Jason Shann (17) and diaper dandy Clay Torres (13 & 7).  AARP cardholder Pete Chemidlin chipped in 9 pts on 3 of 3 shooting from beyond the arc.  NC will face the #5 seed Hoosiers, and the dirty birds will square off against Size Matters when the mayhem of March begins.

Final Regular Season Standings:
Get Buckets       11-1
Size Matters         8-4
Slamma Jamma  7-5
No Conscience    6-6
Hickory Hoosiers 5-7
Flash-N-Bang      5-7
Falcons                 4-8
Drive N Dish       2-10

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