The PYA 6-8 Grade Boys Basketball League opened its season with resounding success. With eight teams and more than 60 participants, this is sure to be one of PYA's most successful basketball leagues. The League's outstanding group of coaches have skillfully balanced instruction with competition to create a fantastic experience for the boys.
Results for weeks one and two are as follows:
Jan. 8 Game Results
Red 44 Burgundy 20
Red played outstanding team basketball to notch the win. They broke the game open in the second half with the tough rebounding and inside scoring of Matt Kallenberg and Chris Huezo. Jerry Lange hit outside shots, Matt Brooks led his team in assists and Noah Tanenbaum picked up where he left off last season, flashing his all around game. Although battling against a much taller front line, the Burgundy squad hung in well. Matt Murawski was a standout on offense, fielding pinpoint passes from Aaron Feinberg and Steve Orso and smoothly converting them for scores. Drew Friedman played outstanding defense while Jake Shubert repeatedly picked his adversary's pockets and slipped in for timely baskets. The Burgundy squad is eager to get back on the hardwood so they can put up their first win of the year.
Royal Blue 30 Green 20
It was a close contest until the middle of the second half, with the taller Royal Blue frontline finally wearing down the tough Green squad. Louie Tsampas controlled the boards for Royal Blue, patrolling the paint and pumping in 11 big points. The Royal Blue attack featured the hustle and board work of Johnny Weber and the smooth ball handling and smothering defense of Matt Valenti. Peter Ashley was also tough on the perimeter, pitching in four points and tough defense. The Green machine was led by the brilliant 20 point effort of Jay Cohen. Caleb Jenkinson showed his strong all around game, playing great both in the paint and on the point. Ryan Callahan was also tough on the glass and displayed his specialty, bruising picks to open the lane for his teammates. Matt Hilton hustled throughout the contest, playing great perimeter defense and helping clean the glass. The Green machine will look to build on this strong effort in its next game.
Dark Blue 31 Purple 28
The Dark Blue Wrecking Crew held off the Purple squad for their opening win of the season. Scott Schwartz was a force on both ends of the court, slamming the boards and keying the break. Mike Rufrano, Dan O'Connell and Ryan Schwartz all played great in the back court, controlling the tempo and running the fast break. Dan, Mike and Ryan also played tight, suffocating perimeter defense to help keep the Purple guards off balance. The Purple squad was led by the inside work of Greg Chalfin. Tommy Weil's all around game was on display from the opening tip. Tom's passing and rebounding helped his teammates get open shots and his tough defense helped to slow the Blue Wrecking Crew. Jordan Finkle led the Purple team's attack from the point, breaking down the Dark Blue attack and dishing several beautiful assists in the paint. The Purple team is ready for their next contest, confident that another strong effort will be there.
Orange 30 Gray 25
A well played game between two strong squads, with the Orange Crush prevailing over a game Gray squad. Orange was led by a three guard rotation of Andrew Boehm, Adam Cuthill and Danny Dougherty-Samowitz. This tremendous trio showed skill in all phases of the game. Orange forwards Tim Costello and Brandon McCalla controlled the boards. Throughout the game, the entire team played excellent defense and never stopped hustling. Gray's backcourt attack was led by the speedy Matt Cacioppo. Matt's strong ball handling helped break down the Orange defense and create scoring opportunities in the paint. Those opportunities were converted by Bobby Katz and Ethan Brower, both playing very tough in the key and on the glass. The Gray squad can't wait to get out on the hardwood again, looking to score their first win for PYA rookie head coach, Sal Cacioppo.
Jan. 15 Game Results
Purple 30 Orange 20
A tough contest, with Purple pulling ahead to stay late in the game. The Purple attack was led by the smooth ball handling and tough defense of Chad Edelblum and Ian Tucker. Chad and Ian clamped down on the tough Orange guards. Chinalu Abarra was a force on the boards and in the lane. Chinalu grabbed key rebounds down the stretch to seal the win. For the Orange, Alan Owens played an incredible game at center. Andrew Boehm, Hunter Sentner and Adam Cuthill were terrific, bringing the ball up from the guard position and finding free men. Tim Costello and Danny Samowitz were strong on the inside, despite giving up quite a bit of size on the front line. Alex Lynfield was on the injured reserve.
Gray 32 Dark Blue 31
In a nail biter, Gray edged Dark Blue by one point on a final second basket by Kevin Nardone. Excellent ball handling, passing and perimeter defense was shown by Matt Cacioppo and Conor Gately. Joe Bianco and Michael Oelbaum continued to display their fine shooting touch. Eric Lewis and Ethan Brower, the twin towers, controlled the boards at both ends of the court. The Dark Blue attack was again led by the dynamic backcourt duo of Mike Rufrano and Dan O'Connell. Dan and Mike slowed the tough Gray guards and moved the ball quickly to teammates for easy scoring opportunities. Paul Mills scored several key hoops and helped with strong board work. Ryan Scwartz hustled on both ends, playing tough defense and had several big assists.
Burgundy 54 Royal Blue 15
The Burgundy squad was on fire today, led by the hard-nosed rebounding and unselfish play of Matt Murawski in the pivot. David Katz hit key jumpers and Drew Friedman powered his way into the paint for tough baskets. Stephen Orso and Aaron Feinberg used their speed and agility to find the seams in their opponent's defensive scheme. The Royal Blue squad fought hard but just couldn't get it rolling in this contest. Zach Halperin was able to put up some early points with quick moves and a good touch. John Weber moved well in the paint, hitting the boards and scoring on several put backs. Alex Kurik fought hard against the furious Burgundy attack, diving for loose balls and grabbing tough rebounds. Undeterred, Royal Blue is looking forward to getting back on the court.
Red 39 Green 27
The Red team rode a balanced scoring attack and good decision-making at both ends of the floor to defeat a game Green squad. Jake Ades led his team with 16 points, breaking open a close game with several coast to coast runs in the final period. Sawyer Block rebounded and shot well in the key. Joe Connors did his usual dirty work of rebounding, pick setting and defense. The Green team was led by the gutsy front line play of Caleb Jenkinson. Jay Cohen again contributed tough points in the paint and strong floor leadership. Jesse Weil hustled at both ends, played strong defense and chipped in with key hoops. John D'Allesandro was a force at both ends, patrolling the key and shutting down several fast breaks by the speedy Red backcourt.