Does it get any better than this? Check out the D-League highlights from a picturesque night in Rumson by the Navesink River:
The first game of the night matched up Undici with undermanned Findaballer in a blowout. Without its top scorer in Elijah McAllister, Findaballer faced an uphill battle from the get-go combatting the bigs of Undici, Robbie Smith and Christian Lanzalotto. Smith set the tone of the game early with 10 points in the first quarter, giving Undici a 13 point lead after one. Next it was Lanzalotto attacking in the paint, scoring eight points of his own in the second quarter. The dynamic duo of Smith and Lanzalotto guided Undici to a 36-15 halftime advantage, but it wasn’t over just yet. Findaballer found offense from the likes of guards Nick Donlon and Drew Shaw in the third quarter, and just like that, Undici’s lead dwindled down to eight by the start of the fourth. However, Undici eventually proved to be too much for the front line of Findaballer in the final period, and prevailed with the victory.
The following contest was void of another top scorer, rising sophomore Teddy Sourlis of MTV. Crazees immediately took advantage of MTV’s loss, and jumped out to an early lead. MTV refused to give up though, keeping the game close throughout the first half. Guards such as Cole Staisil and Van Warner each hit threes in the second quarter for MTV, and at halftime the Crazees lead was just 28-17. It was the third quarter that saw Crazees pull away and seal the game for good. The energetic pair of Jack Cornette and Phil Wheeler went off for Crazees, each scoring 10 points in the high-scoring period. Cornette hit two threes in the quarter, while Wheeler was a menace on defense, racking up three steals en route to fast break layups. Cornette and Wheeler pushed the Crazees lead to as much as 21 and while MTV did cut the lead to 10 points late in the ballgame, they simply didn’t have enough in the tank to complete the comeback.
Lastly, the third and final game of the night was a tightly-contested affair between Red Bank Armory and Howley Financial. Timmy Kelly, without fellow backcourt mate Jack Solano, led Howley Financial got off to a solid start on offense. Kelly’s scoring came from all over the court, and after one his team owned a one point advantage. However, Red Bank Armory responded with an explosive second quarter marked by three-pointer after three-pointer. The Armory blitzed Howley Financial on both sides of the ball, and after a Patrick Jamin halftime buzzer-beater, Red Bank Armory’s lead was 33-24. Neither team pulled ahead in the second half, and the game remained tight and exciting. Ultimately, though, the game was decided by Red Bank Armory’s leading scorer, Ian O’Connor. O’Connor attacked the paint repeatedly in the final quarter, and eventually wore out the Howley Financial defense. His late free throws put Howley Financial away, and Red Bank Armory emerged victorious.
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