Week 5 D-League Recap:
The first game of the night saw a rematch of a contest from week three, with Crazees facing off against Undici. Undici took the first matchup between the teams, so Crazees had some increased motivation coming into this one. However, it was Undici who pulled ahead in the first half. Led by rising freshman Andrew Lawless, Undici’s fast-paced offense took a 25-21 lead into halftime. Crazees had an answer though, and in the third quarter, the momentum switched sides. Ryan Dupree and Matt Caldwell were dynamic together in the period, combining for 10 out of their team’s 12 points in the quarter. Thanks to Crazees’ rising freshmen, they took a 33-31 lead entering the fourth. Dupree and Caldwell handed the reins to Tommy Bavuso in the fourth, and Bavuso didn’t disappoint. Bavuso scored eight of his game-high 14 points in the final quarter, and Crazees improved its record to 3-2.
The middle game of the night was another entertaining contest, between Red Bank Armory and Findaballer. Red Bank Armory took control early in the ballgame, and after a Ryan Ruane buzzer-beater, had a 23-15 lead heading into the second quarter. The buzzer-beater trend continued in the second, this time from the hands of Jackson McCarthy. McCarthy’s layup at the halftime buzzer put Red Bank Armory up ten, 39-29. Findaballer responded with a valiant comeback effort, including a beautiful alley-oop dunk from Drew Shaw to Elijah McAllister, but ultimately Red Bank Armory was too much on offense. Ian O’Connor and McCarthy combined for 33 points, and Red Bank Armory emerged victorious.
The last game of the night provided one of the largest comeback victories in D-League history, in a very exciting nightcap. Tommy Coene began the game with a three-pointer for MTV, setting the tone for the high-scoring affair. The teams traded blows to finish the period, and after a Bennett Stankovits buzzer-beater, the third of the night, Howley Financial owned a 21-19 going into the second. Howley took control in the second, using their aggressive style of play to accumulate steals and fast break buckets. The second quarter run was marked by a football pass from brother to brother, when Tommy Solano passed it to his brother Jack as part of a three-point play for Howley Financial. MTV looked lost on both sides of the ball, and at halftime found itself down 39-26. However, MTV responded in a big way. Van Warner hit two threes out of halftime, and MTV used an impressive third quarter to cut into the Howley lead significantly. Howley maintained its lead until midway through the fourth, when a Teddy Sourlis three with four minutes to go gave MTV the lead-for good. Sourlis hit two clutch free throws with seven seconds left to give his squad a three point lead, and after Howley Financial’s game-tying three missed short, the comeback was complete.
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