Gator Man wins third straight title
Matt Ray | submitted
The Gator Man Pools Squad won the AMICC
Co-ed Adult Basketball Championship.
Entering the playoffs in both the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s adult soccer league and also the adult basketball league, there were two undefeated teams. The seasons for both leagues are now over, and both undefeated teams were upset in this year’s playoffs.
The number two ranked Gator Man Pools squad upset the undefeated number one ranked Best Buy team by a score of 79 to 75. Craig Boery led the way for the Gator Squad scoring 30 points and hauling in 7 rebounds and dishing out an assist. Boery set the tone early by hitting four three-pointers in the first quarter and scoring 14 of his 30 points. Sean Hubbard had a big game with a double-double scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Richard Atkins added 14 points and brought in 8 rebounds. Alban Gega chipped in with 12 points and 6 boards. The Gator Man’s season team high leading scorer, Evan Wolfe, was held to 8 points, 2 rebounds and 4 unselfish assists.
The league’s leading scorer, Antwaun Jackson, of Best Buy, never let down. Jackson scored 14 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and tried to rally his team back. Jackson also ended with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Brandon Kern finished with 27 points, 4 rebounds and an assist. Eleven of his 27 points coming in the fourth quarter and included three 3-pointers. Tyler Bekkerus added 9 points and 4 rebounds, and Johnny Smith chipped in 2 points and 2 rebounds for the Best Buy team.
Down the stretch in the fourth quarter, the Gator Squad held off the Best Buy late run by going six for eight at the free-throw line. In doing so, the Gator Man Pools squad defeated the bracket favorite Best Buy team and pulled out the championship game upset.
Sato Real Estate Community Center Cup Soccer Champions
Sato Real Estate 4
Wash Family Construction 1
The number three ranked Sato Real Estate team won the Community Center Cup Championship by a sore of 4 to 1. The real story of this game was the dominating defense of the Sato Real Estate team. Defenders Josh Sato and Ryan Hogan only allowed four shots on their goalie Mike Brusso the entire game. Lexi Braxton and Jeff Christianson cleaned up on offense and scored two goals apiece. Diego Felipe, Ryan Hogan and Josh Sato each added one assist apiece. Mike Brusso finished with three saves in goal for the Sato Real Estate championship victory.
The only goal for the Wash Family Construction team came late in the game when Zoran Kolega finally broke the Sato Real Estate defense. Goalie Don Purvis was very busy and had 19 saves in goal for the Wash Family Construction team.
Last week in the adult soccer bracket, Wash Family Construction defeated Island Pest Control 6 to 4 in an overtime shootout.
Last Week Playoff Game
Wash Family Construction 6
Island Pest Control 4
For the second playoff game in a row, Island Pest Control finished the regulation time with a tie and went to a shootout. This time with the number four seeded Wash Family Construction team won in overtime. Zoran Kolega, Greg Ross and Kris Yavalar each scored one goal apiece in regulation play. Don Purvis had seven saves in goal for Wash Family Construction. Rico Beissert scored two goals, and Tony Frudakis scored the other goal. Pedro Gonzalez had 10 saves in goal for the Island Pest Control team in the regulation tie. In the overtime shootout Scott Eason, Zoran Kolega and Greg Ross all scored for the Wash Family Construction overtime win and advanced them into the finals. Rico Beissert scored the only goal in the shootout for Island Pest Control.
4 V 4 Soccer Tournament
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will be hosting the first annual adult 4 v 4 co-ed soccer tournament on Saturday Dec. 8. Teams can have a maximum of six players over the age of 18 and must have at least one female player on the field at all times. The double elimination tournament times vary but officially start at 10 a.m. Two playing fields will be going on at the same time with another section of the field designated for team tents, spectators and concession.
The cost to enter the tournament is $150 a team, which equals $25 a player for a team of six. Sign up as a team or an individual at the Community Center. Individual players are encouraged to sign up early if they want to play. The Center will try and place players onto a team for random individual sign ups.
For more information and to sign up, visit the Center or call Athletic Director Troy Shonk at 941-778-1908 Ext. 9205.