Week 3 Recap: Blendos Summer Basketball League 2022
-Tinos Pizzeria (Red)
- Integrated Chiropractic (Silver)
- Yak's Youth Center (Slime)
The only undefeated teams in the A-League after 3 weeks.
Here's what happened this past week:
6 pm Homestead Auto/Approved Towing (Gold) versus Sloan's New York Grill (Black)
Zan Stewart led the way with 27 points, a steal , a block, 5 assists and 14 rebounds.
Colin Stewart (14 points 11 rebounds) recorded a double-double for Sloan's NY Bar & Grill (Black).
Travis Moyer (Gold) led all scorers with game high 30 points.
This game was close in the first half as Black went ahead 47-42 at the break.
This game started out with high tempo offense from both teams and it maintained throughout.
We have still yet to see the black team with it's full starting roster.
In the second game of the night, Tino's Pizzeria (Red) faced off against Table Rock Fitness (Vegas Gold).
There was a balanced team effort from Red with almost all players scoring 20 (Ray had 17 but only missed 5 shots).
Cam Hayes led the game in scoring with 28 points alongside 6 assists and 16 rebounds.
Jared Beach also had a monster double-double with 20 points 7 assists and 16 rebounds.
Vegas Gold was short of rostered players and had to get alternates.
Some players currently playing in the b-league were called up and experienced their first summer a-league game.
Kevin Kurkowski lead Vegas Gold again contributing 22 points with five assists and seven rebounds.
Makaya Morrison scored 10 points in his summer a-league debut.
I overheard a teammate saying "I wish Makaya" was on the team every week.
Vegas Gold was out rebounded by 15 and had nearly 2x the amount of team turnovers.
The 8 pm game was touted as this weeks game of the week.
Integrated Chiropractic (Silver) jumped ahead early in the game behind Graham Wooden (25 pts 4 stls 2 ast 4 reb).
Texas Orange had some players arrive late to the game which threw off the team unison early.
Albert Odero stayed aggressive throughout the game which helped maintain the intensity for Gravel.
Josh Gregory made his blendos debut off the bench for Texas Orange and recorded 14 points & 8 rebounds.
Jonathan Codrington lead Texas Orange with 22 points.
Scott Woodring was the only player in the game to have a double-double. He finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
In the final game of the night (Slime Green beat Royal Blue by 30. 87-57
Danny Njoku led the way for Slime with 32 points with seven assists and seven rebounds followed with 18 points and 9 rebounds from Zyier Lawrence.
Aaron Smith led the way for Royal Blue with 35 points 5 assists and 12 rebounds.
Aaron was quoted saying "Matt Miller finally had a bad shooting night ....still didn't matter"
No other players scored in double figures for royal blue.
Overall Slime put together a great team effort and look to keep the ball rolling against rival Red next week at 8:00 p.m.
A league takeaways from game day manager Dylan.
1- 3 teams have created some separation at the top for the time being 2- mvp race is as deep as its ever been, and as wide open as ever too 3- this league requires more than top talent for success, your team has to have chemistry and fit Talking points: - Slime vs Red game of the week, biggest game of the season so far.
(Last year Slime forfeited to Red in a highly anticipated match-up.)
- scoring title is looking tight - Scott Richards making a strong case for most improved player, averaging 18 a game so far and leading the league in rebounds per game (16.5) - lot of high level big men, who is the best of them all? - Will the arrival or emergence of a player spark a major change in a Blendos team?
B LEAGUE WEEK 3 RECAP
We had games this past Sunday at SUNY Oneonta's Chase Gym.
This was the first contest of the day on court A.
Benson Agency Real Estate (Sand) led the game at the end of the first half 38-35.
Olsen's Property Maintenance (Carolina Blue) came alive in the second half ultimately coming back and winning the game 77-66. Carolina blue was led by Luke Van slyke with 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Cam Hayes led the game in scoring with 24 points along with 13 rebounds.
Brennen Lawton (16 pts 13 reb) and Chad Richards ( 11pts 13 reb ) also had double doubles for sand.
The box score says this game was rather close statistically but there's a major discrepancy with free throw percentage with Sand going 1/6 and Carolina blue finishing 8/11 at the line.
Sidenote: I thought I barely missed some of my three point attempts and others I forced myself into a tougher shot.I believe I could've played much better ...or at least contributed with more assists.
Ash Grey got their first win of the season versus gold 57-40.
Conrad Miller lead Ash Grey with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Gold added some new players that immediately contributed with Clayton Bard adding 15 points and 11 rebound.
Ash Grey was +9 in team assists.
Dismal numbers from both teams from the three point range.
Gold shot an impressive 100% from the free throw line going 9/9 collectively.
Sand ultimately lost in their second game of the day to Purple 81-79 behind two clutch shots from Jesse Woodard who finished with 14 points and six rebounds.
Jesse is a shooter who lives by the slogan "shooter's shoot" which ultimately ran true after starting out 0/6 but hitting the two most important shots of the game, consecutively!
George Sheley lead the game in scoring with 35 points and just fell one rebound short of a double-double with nine. Mr. Sheley shot an impressive 50% from three point range finishing 7/14.
I knew going into the game that George would be excited because he often plays throughout the year at Chase gym.
Cam Hayes lead Sand with 26 points 5 assists and 20 rebounds.
Brennen Lawton had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Chad Richards scored 19 points and Zach Thomsen contributed 13.
This was purples first team win.
Jeff Frank had a triple double on the day.
Both teams were without key players but this was a tough and physical game throughout.
Gold took a second loss on the day to Heliconia 67-47.
Heliconia was led by 26 points from Johnny Palmatier followed by 14 from Devon Chabot.
Devon Chabot displayed his jumping ability on various rebounding attempts (it caught the attention of a college coach in the gym).
Johnny Palmatier & Makaya Morrison recorded double-doubles for Heliconia.
Olsen's Property Maintenance (Carolina Blue) remains undefeated on the day versus Upstate Companies LLC (Navy) finishing in a low scoring contest 53-48.
Considering the high-powered offenses from both teams, I wouldn't assume thier combined score would be close to 100 points total.
This was a competitive game throughout but the score shows a significant advantage for Carolina blue with +11 team rebounding.
Vegas gold beats Ash Grey 61-57 in a close game.
Jonathan Codrington led Vegas Gold with 20 points and 14 rebounds followed by 15 points from Travis Moyer and yet another double double-double from Scott Richards with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Dillon Hill led Ash Grey with 21 points and Conrad Miller contributed his second double double-double on the day with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Rob Scianimanico was one rebound shy of a double-double (12 points 9 rebounds)
Upstate companies LLC (Navy) redeem themself in their second game of the day versus Purple ultimately winning 90 to 65.
Navy jumped to a 25 point lead at half 49-24.
Navy was strengthened behind a massive double-double from Ethan butts with 17 points and 20 rebounds. Tommy Flanagan led the team in scoring with 25 points.
George continued being George scoring 35 points and his second game also going 50% again! This time going 9 for 18 from three point range.
In Ash Grey's third game of the day they ultimately fell to Red team 65-56.
Early in the game Grey took a detrimental loss when team captain Danny Lapin had to sit out the remainder of the game due to shoulder injury.
Not only was this a blow for them because they only had a couple players present at the game and this was their third on the day but he has shown resilience and toughness with battling back from multiple injuries and we all know how much he wants to be competing with his team on the floor.
Grey shot atrocious from three-point range in this game going 4 for 25 as a team.
Although Red did not shoot much better from three point range going 4 for 14 28%. The red team had a plus 11 rebounding margin.
In another highly anticipated b-league match up between Damian Zimmer and Jacob Beach & company.
The Black team jumped out to an early lead 39-34 at the half.
Damian Zimmer scored an impressive 50 points on the day on 60% shooting from the field & 50% shooting from three. He also finished with 12 rebounds.
Matt Murphy led the offense early for Black finishing with 17 points and five rebounds .
Jacob Beach had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Seth Ashline and Scott Murphy also scored in double figures for Black.
In what may be the game of the week, Cole's Property Maintenance (Irish Green) wins thier first game of the season in a clash of defeated teams against Gold 54-51 in double overtime. Due to time constraints and number of teams we install sudden elimination, first basket wins.
Dylan McVey hit the game winner and led the game in scoring with 18 points.
-Gavin Bonczkowski (Irish Green) 11 points & 12 rebounds
-Clayton Bard (Gold) 16 points & 10 rebounds
Damien Merwin contributed 17 points. He has been a consistent threat for Gold.
Video of the game winner can be seen below:
Royal Blue got its first win of the season with a major upset it seemed versus white 49-40.
Legendary Blendos veteran Ron Alston reunited with cousin Ray Williams & sparked a defensive exhibition.
Ron is an impact player. Fun fact: He served as a catalyst on the purple team that snapped the all time winning streak of 33 games for Slime during its intial dynasty run. It was slimes first loss.
Ray Williams had 14 points for Royal Blue followed by 13 from Alex Osterhoudt.
Greg Mattice led the game in rebounds with 17 and just fell two points shy of a double-double with eight. Mattice and rebounding are inextricably linked, no wonder why my phone heard "Pragmatise" in talk-to-text.
Maroon knocked Irish green back down to earth as it was their first game of the day and Irish Green was coming off of a thrilling double overtime win.
Maroon ended up winning by 30 points 75- 45.
The Maroon team had a balance scoring approach led by Luke Schnabel with 21 points followed by his brother Rocco with 14, 13 points from Josh baker and 12 points from Aaron Richardson.
Cole's Property Maintenance (Irish Green) was led by Gavin Bonczkowski with 13 points and seven rebounds alongside 19 points from Dylan McVey.
The Maroon team won thier second game of the day in a tough game versus heliconia 59-57.
Luke Schnabel and Josh baker both contributed 16 points for Maroon Seamus DeMauro had 10 rebounds.
Johnny Palmatier lead Heliconia with 23 points and Makaya Morrison contributed 12.
There was no player in the game that recorded a double-double
Seamus DeMauro is getting rather familiar with hauling in 10 rebounds a game. Each game you can almost expect similar results "Same as today, same as DeMauro"
White bounces back in a thriller versus gravel 73-71.
Zyier Lawrence lead white with 30 points with 11 rebounds showcasing several impressive dunks throughout the game.
Blendos veteran Travis Woods made his summer league Debute and instantly contributed to Double-Double with 13 points in 10 rebounds.
Going into this week, I was starting to think that Otsego Bicycle team was going to be invincible and finish the regular season undefeated.
Royal Blue by achieved yet another impressive win versus Syracuse Orange 55-52.
Ray Williams scored 15 points followed by 14 points for Greg Mattice.
Danny Njoku had 13 points for Orange followed by 12 from Shea Barber.
No player in the game recorded a double-double.
Looking at the box score, it looks like Orange shot themselves out of the game as they had several more attempts than Royal Blue.
Vegas Gold depends on the raw materials to mine yet another win.
Vegas Gold remained undefeated 69-38 versus Orange.
Travis Moyer lead Vegas Gold early finishing with 31 points and Jonathan Codrington seemed to do whatever he wanted en route to scoring 18 points on 7/7 from shooting and 1/1 from the three-point range. He did miss a free throw to throw off his perfect game and he didn't get a double double with only eight rebounds.
Blendos veterans Lynn Reed and Bruce Dunckle led the way for Orange with 15 and 13 points.
The Orange team struggled keeping up with the tempo, especially due to not having any substitutes.
And in the last game of the day on court B, Orange unfortunately suffered a 34-point loss to Catskill Region Surveying (Forest Green) 82 to 48.
This was a balanced overall team win for Forest Green as five players scored in double figures and no player had a double-double.
Arie Brunson led the game in scoring with 19 points.
Bruce Dunckle had 17 points followed by 14 from Trenton Cole for Orange.
Syracuse Orange bounced back in a difficult game versus Gravel.
With each team previously taking losses earlier on the day, I know this game had higher stakes at the moment.
The Orange team was ultimately able to pull out a victory 82-73, behind 30 points & 10 rebounds from Danny Njoku.
Garrett Hassard also recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for One Group (Orange).
Scott Woodring did his best to rally the troops producing offensively with 27 points with 12 rebounds. Jared Conklin finished the game one rebound short of a double-double with 23 points and 9 rebounds and Dylan Jaklitsch recorded 11 assists in the contest.
A league standings
B league standings
Only three undefeated teams remain undefeated of 19 teams after week 3 of the summer circuit.
Game play will resume this weekend (6/26) at the Oneonta Armory and then we will have games at SUNY Oneonta's Chase Gym again on July 3rd!
A league top ten points per game
B-league Top Ten Points Per Game