Crazees 92, Welsh’s Wildcats 60
The first week of the Thursday Night Lights playoffs began with a matchup between Crazees and undermanned Welsh’s Wildcats. Crazees took control of this game early, and never looked back. Luke Glass led the charge in the first half for Crazees, scoring 13 points and dishing out seven assists in the opening 20 minutes alone. One of his seven dimes was an alley-oop lob to Jason Huelbig, part of a 38-10 run for Crazees. After going up 27-17 12 minutes into the contest, Crazees embarked on the run, entering halftime with a 65-27 lead. Jack Laffey hit two threes and scored 10 points in the second half for the Wildcats, but it wasn’t nearly enough to bring his team back, and Crazees advanced to the TNL semifinals.
Block Group 61, Red Bank Armory 46
The following game saw the Block Group face off against Red Bank Armory. Red Bank Armory, missing two of its five starters, began the game from behind before it even started. However, Red Bank Armory kept it close early, and midway through the first half, the Block Group’s lead was just 14-10. That’s when Red Bank Armory lost control of the game, though. The Block Group, led by Brendan Barry and Alex Geiger, soon began a 16-8 run that put them ahead by double digits. Geiger scored 11 points in the first half, and at halftime his team owned a 30-18 lead. Barry took over the reigns offensively for Block Group in the second half, pacing the offense to ensure his team’s victory. Despite spraining his ankle late in the first half, Barry was able to throw down a fast break dunk en route to the victory.
RBC Caseys Girls 65, RFH Bulldogs Girls 54
In the annual contest between the RBC and RFH girls varsity teams, it was RBC who took home the victory. The Caseys led wire to wire, taking an early advantage and running with it. RBC hit three three-pointers in the first quarter, and took a 13-8 lead into the second. The Bulldogs came back though, led by Stephanie Lesko. Lesko took over for RFH in the second quarter by scoring 10 points, but the Bulldogs couldn’t get over the hump, and the Caseys maintained their lead. RBC continued its dominance in the second half, building its lead to double digits entering the fourth. RFH would cut the RBC lead to six with eight minutes left in the game, but two straight Caseys threes pushed their lead to 12 and put the game away.
The final game of the night saw the number one seed MTV play Howley Financial in an exciting contest. Despite missing some of the key cogs in its well-oiled machine, MTV started the game hot and took an 11-4 lead four minutes into the ballgame. Howley Financial finally got going offensively, but thanks to MTV’s Brian Nerney, Howley was never able to complete its comeback and take the lead. Nerney scored a game-high 21 points, including 12 in the first half. Nerney’s strong first half was capped off by an assist to Josh Treadwell, who hit a buzzer-beating three to put MTV up 31-19 at the break. Simon Smith put up a double double in the second half alone for MTV, and the one seed advanced to the semifinals.
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