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Union Cleaners, Farmers on collision course

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Rich Downer | For The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area's Jacob Rathway of Northwood Realty dribbles around Union Cleaners' Zach Robker during the second half of a Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League game on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Union Cleaners proved that they're one of the favorites in the Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League after a dominating 69-32 win over Northwood Realty Tuesday.

California Area's Tray Matthews dominated the perimeter against Northwood's undersized lineup, scoring a game-high 23 points.

Northwood hung tough until midway through the first half when California's Kass Taylor hit 1 of 2 free throws to make the score, 13-11, Union.

After that, it was all Union Cleaners.

Monessen's Justice Rice hit two free throws that began a 12-2 run to make the score 25-13. Union extended the lead to 31-17 until Taylor scored four straight points to make it 31-21 at the half.

Washington's Jared Smith scored a quick basket to start the half for Northwood, but Union went on a 16-2 run spurred by five points from Charleroi Area's Josh Sidary and back-to-back baskets by Rice.

Already up 49-31, Union would only allow Northwood to score one point for the remaining four minutes during on a 20-1 run.

Smith scored a team-high 15 points to lead Northwood (1-2). Taylor added nine.

Rice backed up Williams' performance with 13 points, while Sidary, his fellow Cougar teammate, John Arnold, and Belle Vernon Area freshman, Joe Sabolek, each scored 10 points for Union Cleaners (3-0).

Farmers Insurance 86,Dairy Queen 56

Farmers Insurance did its part to assure a meeting of league unbeatens on Thursday with a 86-56 win over Dairy Queen.

Dairy Queen dictated the tempo early before Farmers took over taking advantage of turnovers by using their speed for quick transition baskets.

Monessen's Lavelle Rush scored a team-high 20 points for Farmers (3-0) with Noah Brown and Cameron Sarber adding 18 and 12 points respectively.

Cole Griffin, who is from Washington and plays at Linsly School in West Virginia, scored a game-high 25 points to lead Dairy Queen (1-2). Charleroi's Matt Carr added 12 points.

Campy's Pizza 75,Bee Graphix 57

Campy's Pizza picked up their first win of the season with an 18-point win over winless BeeGraphix.

Dom Sarra and Rece Henneman both made their league debuts after missing play last week.

The pair combined for 36 points.

Sarra scored 14 of his team-high 22 points in the second half while Henneman scored 10 of his 14 points in the opening half.

Belle Vernon Area's Brett Lewis added 11 points for the winners while Elijah Brown scored 10 points in the second half.

Monessen's Irvin Green led BeeGraphix with a game-high 23 points, including three 3-pointers, with 16 of those points coming in the first half.

The league continues play at the Mechanic Street Playground on Thursday.

Campy's Pizza will take on Dairy Queen in the 7 p.m. opener followed by BeeGraphix and Northwood Realty playing at 8. The battle for control of the standings between Farmers Insurance and Union Cleaners will tip off at 9.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-684-2667.

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