The second week of the Thursday Night Lights (TNL) basketball league completed this past Thursday after a day filled with competitive, high-intensity basketball. The first game of the night saw Crazees square off against the Block group.
The opening 6:15 game saw the Block group play Crazees, the current Rumson Fair-Haven varsity team. Jack Herrmann, a recent RFH graduate, was hot from the opening tip; scoring six straight points to give the Block group a 6-2 lead four minutes in. The Block group would maintain a slim single-digit lead for the majority of the first half, until Alex Geiger and Thomas Famulary took over for Crazees. Geiger handled the scoring load and Famulary controlled the glass, helping Crazees gain a 33-32 lead at halftime. The Crazees lead slowly increased through the first half of the last 20 minutes, and after a Geiger three from a Morgan Maguire tip out, Crazees owned an eight point lead with eight minutes to go. The lead never dipped below six points for Crazees, who emerged victorious.
The second game of the night saw a matchup of two 1-0 teams in Findaballer and Welsh’s Wildcats. Blake Hamilton started off the scoring with a layup off the opening tip, but Welsh’s Wildcats responded with two quick shots to build a 5-2 lead. Findaballer proceeded to respond with a run of their own, rattling off six straight points to gain an 8-5 lead four minutes in. Players such as Hamilton and Jack Herrmann helped Findaballer preserve a single digit lead until the first half buzzer rang, and Findaballer owned a 33-26 lead 20 minutes in. The lead hovered around 5 until a Hamilton three pointer from the top of the key made it an eight point game with 15 minutes to go. Findaballer threatened time and time again to run away with the game, but former Raritan star and Rhode Island player Mike Aaman kept Welsh’s Wildcats in the game. Aaman helped cut the lead to one as the time ran down, but two Hamilton free throws sealed the game for Findaballer.
The following game paired the Randy Foye-coached Undici squad against the Red Bank Armory. Red Bank Armory began one of the most entertaining games of the season with a 9-4 lead five minutes in. That was the last lead Red Bank Armory would have the rest of the game though, after a Will Sanborn-led barrage by Undici put Foye’s squad up 14 at halftime. Red Bank Armory would fight back though, and after a 10-2 run to begin the second half, Undici was forced to regroup with a timeout. That was when Sanborn took over for the second time in the game, immediately widening Undici’s lead to 13 points. He couldn’t do it all though, and Red Bank Armory kept fighting back. The teams traded shot for shot until a timeout with 2:32 left saw the teams take a break with Undici ahead 57-53. The lead remained at four until a Sanborn layup with 30 seconds to go essentially closed the game out for Undici, who came away with the four point victory.
The last game of the night saw one of the biggest blowouts in recent TNL history, led by the deep MTV squad. The first six minutes gave no inkling as to how big the blowout would be, as Howley jumped out to an 11-8 lead. The Howley lead didn’t last long, however, and MTV’s deep bench and athleticism helped the team gain the lead for good. A 14-3 run six minutes later gave MTV an eight point lead with eight to go in the half, but the offensive explosion didn’t stop there. MTV continued its scoring to a 38-27 lead at halftime. The run didn’t stop there though. The bench talent for MTV was too much for Howley Financial, whose players were visibly worn out by the end of the night. MTV showed no mercy, ultimately cruising to a 27 point victory when the final buzzer rang.