In a highly anticipated showdown, Turncoats and BDI squared off Sunday night at the Family Center with Turncoats unbeaten record on the line. It was more of the same from Turncoats with silky smooth shooting, ball movement and pancakes being served afterwards. Helping lead the Turncoats to victory, CJ “Doesn’t Need Dave Chappelle for a Block Party’” Lewis had himself a game. It didn’t need to be Friday for Lewis to hit the freaky fade away and look good in doing so. After the game, Turncoats Team Captain Pat O’Brizzle had the following to say regarding his henchmen’s efforts: “We looked like a well-oiled unit out there. Would you like syrup with that?” The Turncoats remain the lone undefeated team in the Ellwood City Basketball League.
BDI still remain a strong threat to the entire league with a roster that’s ready to rock and roll which includes the likes of Chris “412 Colony Apartments” Ferruchie, Paul “The Man with the Plan” Fisher and Bryan “Flying Under the Radar Until You Least Expect it” Guy. Sitting in the middle of the heard at 4-4, BDI look towards next week as they will take on Herbie V and TTT.
In the Battle of the Bulge, TTT Team Captain Pete “Long Arms of the Law” Hoffman helped lead his troops to a victory over the Matt “Webmaster” Reider led Up In The Air squad. Hoffman looked muscular in victory, but it was Dylan “Pickle” Pishioneri who stole the show as he was on fire from the land of 3. Knocking down 3 after 3, the Ellwood City Basketball League Committee nearly had to use a fire extinguisher on Pickle. With Pickle proving to be a reliable weapon, the sky is the limit for TTT.
Paging Mike Lucarelli.
In a rematch of the league championship game from a season ago, Big Fun and Monstars locked horns in a game that was sure to spark some water cooler talk. Jason “4th Street All Day” Balla, Trey “Coast to Coast” Johnson, Mike “Clangin’ & Bangin’ ” Trocci and the rest of the Monstars gang looked ready to hoop come game time. After a round of too sweets and hearing the wolves howl, Big Fun took the court looking like they were men on a mission. The contest was close throughout the game, but Big Fun pulled away late for the win and improved to 7-1. A strong possibility exists that the entire Monstars roster was pulling for Houston in the first round of the NIT Tournament.
The Blazers had themselves a strong offensive showing putting up 40 points against TTT. Team Captain Tyler Relic and his boys have no fear when it comes to letting the 3 ball fly. Joe DeNardo would be proud of the Blazers as they were causing precipitation all night long. Josh “Slimi Hendrix” McCormick and Jordan “Lights Out and Lethal” Shropshire led the way from downtown throughout the game. A difficult decision for Relic will be who to choose as his 2 shooters in the annual 3 Point Contest which takes place May 14th. The Blazers have a huge showdown next week with Hog Balls.
Herbie V went 2-0 on the night with victories over Monstars and Double Dribble. Now sitting at 5-3, Herbie V look to start stacking dubs. Team Captain Dave “Bankroll” Oliastro had this to say about his team’s play: “We moved the ball pretty efficiently tonight. Feeding Ogre early and often set the tone for us. We did the little things well tonight. Overall, a great effort.” Nick “Feeling Frisky From 3” Frisk had some big 3’s to help lock up the victories for Herbie V.
The competition is heating up in the Ellwood City Basketball League. Who knows what’s going to happen in the second half of the season. Time will tell, stay tuned! Until then, too sweet your neighbor and enjoy the fresh air.
recap and photos submitted by Matt Boffo