Defending his team’s unbeaten record, Team Captain Pat “Trying Out for the Detroit Lions” O’Brien and his Turncoats were in action Sunday night at the Family Center. Seven days after officially transitioning from the hunter to the hunted in the Ellwood City Basketball League, O’Brien once again had his troops poised for battle. Their opponents; The Blazers, led by Team Captain Tyler “Ready to Roll” Relic and composed of Shenango and New Castle’s finest, put up a valiant effort. Ultimately, however, it was the now 7-0 Turncoats emerging victorious. Nabbing the victory behind solid play from Chase “Mac Daddy” McKim, Jon “Better Shooter than Wilkes Booth” Atkinson and Chris “My Beard is Better Than Yours. Period.” Smiley, the Turncoats now sit firmly atop the league mountain. Mac Daddy was 7 for 10 from the line in the second half to help seal the deal.
Prince certainly was not needed to tell anyone from Turncoats to shoot the J as they put up an evening high 36 points. The boys in orange also picked up a victory over Up in the Air. Rumors have been swirling around town that Vinny’s Restaurant & Pizzeria is offering a large pie and a round of shots for the first team to knock off the Turncoats. Fireball anybody?
Elsewhere in league play, Team Captain RJ “Dream” Guy led his BDI squad to a 1-1 record on the night. Now sitting at the number 5 seed, BDI look to rattle off a few wins and climb the ranks in the Ellwood City Basketball League. Ryan “I Should be Working NXT Matches” Tammaro and Bobby “Feeling Like Nowitzki” Kettler look to be quite the BDI tandem with smooth shooting and solid defense. Fellow BDI team member Bryan Guy was inactive as he was busy recording his R&B debut LP ‘Ellwood City At Night Under The Stars’ featuring the hit single ‘Let Me Show You Heaven In The One Six One One Seven’
The Sean “Super Swish” Swisher led Monstars finished the night at 2-0 with wins over Double Dribble and Up in the Air, improving to 3-4 on the season. Chatter continues to grow regarding the Monstars making an attempt to secure a signed contract from free agent Allen Deep. After seeing Deep on ESPN Saturday night with a clip board in hand, his league status remains a mystery.
Channeling his inner Randy Orton, Adam “Gorg-o-Metry” Gorgas made his return to competitive hoops ‘Outta Nowhere’ after a 13 year layoff and suited up for reigning league champs Big Fun. Showing no signs of rust, Gorgas was quick to remind the league of his threat from beyond the arc as he was splish splash taking a bath throughout the evening. After a 29-19 victory over TTT, Big Fun owns sole possession of second place at 5-1 and officially welcomes Gorgas to the NWO Wolfpac.
Hog Balls got the W over Herbie V and jumped 2 places in the standings. With an impressive defensive showing, Team Captain Doug “Fresher Than Most, Even Doug E. Fresh” Hogue has the Hog Balls in place to make a run at the league title.
Paging Dom Joseph.
A big shout out goes out to our league sponsors: Nalco, Chrissi’s Cleaning Service, Mac’s Motorcycles, Ace Auto Service, Christy’s Restaurant, Cusick & DeCaro, P.C. and McElwain Bros. Paint and Collision Center. These businesses all need a Speed Stick as they all reek of awesomeness.
League player, Jason Balla, has setup a Yahoo Bracket Challenge for league players, friends and family to participate to raise funds for the league.
Group ID: 89275
$10 per bracket. Winner take all, except for 15% that will be kept for the league fund.
recap and photos submitted by Matt Boffo