Premier, Division 1 races heat up
Mikey Elsworth tries to sink one from the free
throw line as his team, E Training Solutions, takes on Panaramic.
Sand Dollar continues to dominate and remains unbeaten as basketball continues at the Center. There's a tight race in the Premier Division as A Paradise holds on to first. Dips Ice Cream and Fronius are keeping it interesting in Division 1, all tied up with 5-3 records. Sand Dollar dominates Division 2 and is the only unbeaten team left and it's all square at both ends in Division 3 with Jessie's and Ross Built at the top.
Jessie's Island Store 21 -
Air & Energy 18
A depleted Air & Energy came up short, but only just. Michael Latimer had 16 of A&E’s 18 points. Air & Energy may well be at the wrong end of the table, but it has nothing to do with effort. This was a solid performance from a team missing two of its star players. Jessie's scoring dropped off after halftime, with Brandon Mills hitting a solitary basket in the fourth quarter. But Seth Walters had nine and Mickey Koczersut six in the first half and the team was able to stay half a step ahead of the competition.
Dips Ice Cream 42 - Fronius 24
This was a big game in which Fronius could have edged ahead in the division with a win. It wasn't meant to be and a full strength Dips romped to victory, almost doubling its opponents’ tally while totally dominating with an unanswered 12 in the third and a strong 14-point fourth quarter. Justin Gargett led Dips with 26 but could only manage four of 18 from the line. The two teams now are tied for first place.
Bradenton Prep 23 -
Rotten Ralph's 18
A lackluster performance from a Ralph's side with only five available players afforded Bradenton Prep another win as it pushes to threaten division leaders. No one player was standout, but the team as whole got it done. Ralph's was slow to get going and with a win could have tied A Paradise for first place.
Sand Dollar 24 - Panaramic 12
Unbeaten Sand Dollar can thank Burke McCampbell-Hill for this one as he poured in 16 points. Teammate Cameron Brauner managed half that and another solid performance keeps Sand Dollar head and shoulders above the rest of this division.
E-Training Solutions 8 - Longboat Observer 7
This low-scoring affair would have had a different outcome if Longboat Observer could have hit more than two of the 12 shots from the free throw line. A barren first quarter didn't help and E-Training looks to be heading towards a positive end to the season.
Dips Ice Cream 62 - Island Family Physicians 34
Hard working Dips was in complete control of this match up and had three players in double digits. Top scorer by one point was Justin Gargett with 17, big Max Miller had 16 points and Daniel Schroder posted 11. Lee Bergeron had 19 of the Physicians’ 34 points.
Ross Built 21 -
Coastal Orthopedic 15
Shorthanded Coastal relied on the effort of Luke Valadie, who scored 13 points, but ultimately lost as it faded in the fourth quarter allowing Ross seven unanswered points and the victory. Jake Ross once again top scored but it was a solid team performance that got better as the game progressed.
A Paradise 53 -
Island Real Estate 33
Coach Jeff Koszewski knows basketball and he always expects the team to deliver, which is exactly what the two Kyle's, Aritt and Sewall did, with 31 points between them. Erin Dolan and Troy Koszewski both had eight as A Paradise looks to cement its position at the top of the division. Notable for Island Real Estate was Forrest Schield with 16 points.
12 - Panaramic 8
E Training moves a place further away from last place Panaramic, with Blaine Jenefsky and Mikey Elsworth teaming up for eight points, all in the second half. Unable to field subs, Panaramic was unable to capitalize early and faded late.
Rotten Ralph's 43 - A Paradise 41
Very evenly matched, this one went to the wire and to the team that scored the most points in the fourth quarter. The players that were expected to post big did just that. For A Paradise it was Kyle Aritt with 21 and Kyle Sewall with 14. Ralph's Matt Bauer returned with a solid 18 and Wyatt Hoffman had 11, but it was Hoffman's courageous three pointer in the fourth that went a big way towards securing this victory, keeping it tight at the top.
Island Real Estate 38 - Bradenton Prep 27
Island Real Estate was the more consistent of the two teams here and points came from all areas. Notable it was Forrest Schield with 13 and Joe Karasiewicz with 10 that went a long way in securing the win and the surge in the third quarter upset Prep’s rhythm. Coach Pate had a good game as Island Real Estate looks to get off the bottom.
Jessie's Island Store 22 -
Coastal Orthopedic 6
Low scoring by Coastal's standards it was the sure and steady progress made in this game that won it for Jessie's. Seth Walter took scoring honors with eight, Mickey Koczersut had six as the rest of the team had a hand in building a fairly respectable score. Jessie's is tied for first place in the division.