Shorthanded Union Cleaners falls short, 48-45
It's tough to win when you have to play “iron man” basketball.
It's even tougher when you play four on five.
However, winless Union Cleaners nearly pulled the feat off against Dairy Queen in the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League Monday night.
UC (0-3) had just five players, but hung tough with DQ (2-1) and even took a 45-44 lead with 2:16 to play on two free throws by Tyler Yuille.
However, Yuille fouled out of the game with 1:31 to play leaving his team with just four players and DQ outscored the Cleaners 4-0 the rest of the way to come away with a 48-45 win.
DQ jumped out to a 10-0 lead early and looked to run the Cleaners off the outdoor court at Mechanic Street Playground.
But behind the hot hand of Tray Mathews, Union battled back to close to 28-21 at halftime as Mathews scored 13 of his 21 points.
In the second half, with DQ holding a 42-35 lead, the winners' Clintell Gillaspie was ejected from the contest and that led to a furious rally by Union to take the brief lead.
Leading the way for DQ was Gillaspie with 15 points and Ryan Novotney with 10.
Joining Mathews in double figures for Union Cleaners was Yuille with 11 points.
Farmers Insurance 81,Northwood Realty 55
In the second game, Farmers Insurance jumped out big on Northwood Realty en route to an 81-55 win.
Farmers (2-1) took a 13-2 lead with 12:56 left in the first half and upped the lead to 32-15 when Casey Zajicek scored with 5:10 left before intermission.
When Lavelle Rush scored the final two baskets of the half, Farmers held a commanding 42-24 lead.
Northwood failed to make a serious run in the second half.
Leading the way for the winners were Noah Brown with 22 points (11 in each half), Andre Smith with 12 and Matt Bernadowski with 10. Rush finished with nine points.
Northwood (1-2) got 20 points from Kass Taylor, including 11 in the second half.
BeeGraphix 73,Campy's Pizza 57
In the nightcap, defending champion BeeGraphix (3-0) remained unbeaten with a 73-57 win over Campy's Pizza.
Campy's (1-2) succeeded of holding down high-scoring Elijah Minnie in the first half, holding the 6-9 player to five points.
Minnie finished with 11 points.
However, Dayshore Majors scored 14 points and Luke Doptis added 11 as BeeGraphix took a 36-29 lead.
The winners were never threatened in the second half as Majors finished with 17 points and Doptis had 15.
Noah Rullo had 12 points (10 in the second half) for BeeGraphix and Minnie and Darrell Briggs Jr. had 11 each
Campy's was paced by George Prota with 20 points, including 12 in the first half. Demetri Clements added 12 points.
Action resumes tonight with a tripleheader at the outdoor court at Mechanic Street Playground with the first game tipping off at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, games will be played at California Area Middle School.
The league will hold a supplemental draft of players before tonight's games begin.