Grebb leader BeeGraphix tops Campy's
Campy's Pizza had an opportunity to pull into at least a first-place tie with a win over a short-handed BeeGraphix Thursday in J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League action, but was unable to pull off the upset against the strong-willed league leaders.
BeeGraphix overcame not having any substitutes — playing with the minimum five players in over 90 degree heat — and pulled out an 82-75 win.
Elijah Minnie led the way for the defending league champions, falling a block short of a triple double. The 6-9 Lincoln Park star finished with 26 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks.
Monessen's Noah Rullo had a memorable shooting night, netting 20 points, including four 3-pointers. He also went 4 for 4 at the free throw line to keep BeeGraphix ahead. Darrell Briggs Jr. added 17 points and Monessen's Luke Doptis chipped in 11.
Campy's Pizza led 10-6 in the early going, but Minnie scored seven straight points to give BeeGraphix a 13-10 lead with just over 10 minutes to go in the first half. The teams exchanged baskets until Minnie pulled up and nailed a 3-pointer to give BeeGraphix a 27-21 lead. The lead was never relinquished en route to a 35-27 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same as Campy's pulled to within two at 44-42, but the champs went on another 7-0 run to take a 51-42 lead. After Campy's George Prota of Elizabeth Forward scored on a putback, Rullo nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to give his team a 57-47 lead.
Campy's kept the fight alive, though, behind Thomas Jefferson's Charlie Scharbo. The Jaguars senior scored a game-high 29 points, nailing a three with just over two minutes remaining to pull his squad back to within three at 70-67.
California Area's Demetri Clements, who scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half, did everything he could to keep Campy's close, but Minnie was too much, scoring on a drive to make the score 74-69 and sinking two more baskets, one on an assist from Briggs and another on a tip-in.
Northwood Realty 87,Farmers Insurance 81
Northwood Realty pulled off a mild stunner in the night's second game, holding off second place Farmers Insurance, 87-81.
Trailing 41-24 at halftime and 73-56 with 3:17 remaining in the game, the Farmers players rubbed the sleep out of their eyes and made a furious comeback.
Noah Brown scored 19 of his game-high 31 points in the second period and teammate Lavelle Rush of Monessen scored all 25 of his points to vault Farmers back into the game. But coach Naz Victoria said his team ran out of time.
Brownsville's Cole Novotney scored 22 points to lead the way for Northwood (4-4) while Carmichaels' Brandon Lawless added 19. Charleroi Area's Brock Shannon and California's Kass Taylor each added 11 for the winners.
EF's Matt Bernadowski added 12 points, nine in the second half, for Farmers (5-3).
Dairy Queen 73,Union Cleaners 59
Union Cleaners appeared poised to pull off the second upset in the nightcap of Thursday's slate, but couldn't make a four-point halftime lead stand.
Dairy Queen, which trailed 36-32 at the break, started the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 41-36 lead. Union Cleaners bounced back to pull within one at 49-48, but that's as close as it would get.
Charleroi Area's Matt Indorante nailed three 3-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points to lead the way for DQ. Thomas Jefferson's Dan Terpin added 17, with 11 coming in the first half, and Ringgold's Shakal Brooks (12) and Jeff-Morgan's Rece Henneman (11) combined for 23 points.
Union Cleaners was led by EF's Jalen French, who scored 13 points, but only two came in the second half.
Brownsville's Marcellous Grooms scored 13 points of his own, while Charleroi's Josh Sidary chipped in 10 for Union.
League play continues Tuesday at 7 p.m. when Farmers' Insurance takes on Union Cleaners, followed by Dairy Queen taking on BeeGraphix at 8 p.m. Northwood Realty and Campy's Pizza will tangle in the nightcap at 9 p.m.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2667.