B&GCCL crowns summer hoop champs
B&GCCL crowns summer hoop champs
CUMBERLAND - Playoff champions of the Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln summer basketball leagues have been crowned.
In the 9-11-year-old division, the Celtics defeated the Knicks, 38-25. Josh Jahnz and Vincenzo Nassi led the way for the Celtics, both scoring a game high 16 points. They were named co-Most Valuable Players.
The Knicks were led by¬?Collin Morais who scored 10 points¬?and¬?Armen Emdjian who chipped in with eight.
The Celtics got off to a fast start, taking an early 14-4 lead as Nassi and Drew Silva had the hot hands. The Knicks, led by Colin Morais, Angelo Deshaies and Deon White, fought their way back to cut the Celtics' half-time lead to three at 17-14.
Both teams matched strong inside play to start off the second half, with the defense of Celtics' John Estes, Xavier Johnson and Zach Lamora battling against the Knicks' inside presence of Jake Cioffi, Armen Emdjian and Adam Zangari.
A strong back court battle was waged as well between Celtics Ethan Olivier and Eric Bedoya and Knicks Alex Emdjian and Tyler White. The Celtics were able to extend their lead to double digits with just under four minutes remaining behind Jahnz, who scored seven consecutive points to provide the final margin for the Celtics.¬?¬?¬?
In the 12-14-year-old division, the Suns were able to knock off the Warriors 47-34. The Suns were the lowest seed entering the playoffs, but were able to put it all together to pull off a championship run.
In the championship game, the Suns were able to get a good lead early thanks to the superior defense of Zion Gillespie and Jacob Morey. The Warriors made a run in the second half, cutting the lead to nine points thanks to the guard play of Josh Jahnz and the down low presence of Callum Moe and Michael Correa.¬?However, a big three-pointer from the corner by Tyler McNulty extended the lead back to 12 and stopped the Warriors' run.
John DaRosa and Luis Cancino both scored eight points for the Warriors. For the Suns, Tyler McNulty scored 11 points and Zion Gillespie chipped in with eight. Jacob Morey led the way for the Suns, scoring a team high 15 points and earning the MVP.
In the 15-17-year-old division, the Thunder beat the Timberwolves in a tough game, 73-63. It was a one-point game at half, but the Thunder came out hot in the second half behind the guard play of Tyler Kolek and the scoring of Chris Gomes, Mark Benway and Steven Londono.
The Thunder lead quickly increased to 14 points. However, the Timberwolves did not give up and were able to make a thrilling comeback to tie the game at 58-58 with four minutes remaining. The run was led by the point guard play of Myles Nuey and hot shooting from Raifdi Lara as well as Josh Rampone.
The exciting run was not enough, though, as the Thunder were able to lock down on defense during the last four minutes to secure the victory. Leading the Timberwolves in scoring was Raidi Lara with 18 points, and Myles Nuey and Josh Rampone each chipped in 12.
For the Thunder, Mark Benway led the team with 20 points, as teammates Kolek and Londono each scored 13 points. Chris Gomes was named the MVP as he established himself on both ends of the floor while scoring 15 points.