Farmers rallies into finals
A not so funny thing happened to Campy's Pizza on its way to reaching the championship game of the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League's boys' division Tuesday night.
Campy's lost the game.
Farmers Insurance mounted a furious second half rally that swallowed Campy's down the stretch in an exciting 72-70 win before an overflow crowd at the Mechanic Street Playground court.
Campy's (6-5) opened a commanding 54-38 lead with 9:32 to play in the game when Elijah Brown made a basket, capping a 16-6 run.
Just when it looked like the game was turning into a rout, Farmers (7-4) came all the way back with a 27-8 run of its own to take a 65-62 lead.
The Farmers rally was ignited by Lavelle Rush with six points and was capped by Noah Brown, who drained a 3-pointer with 2:15 to play to give the winners the 65-62 lead.
Campy's didn't go away, however, and regained the lead, 70-69, on a basket by Charlie Scharbo with 49 seconds to play.
Noah Brown, who led all scorers with 35 points (20 in the second half), made two free throws to give Farmers a 71-70 lead with 22 seconds left.
Campy's Austin Matta nearly won the game, but his 3-point attempt with four seconds left bounced off the rim. Noah Brown got the rebound and was fouled.
Brown made one free throw and Campy's last-second winning effort failed when Scharbo's running 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.
Noah Brown made 19 of 24 foul shots in the foul-marred game that featured 25 fouls and 40 free throws in the first half.
The difference was that in the second half, Farmers hit on 12 of 17 free throws after intermission and Campy's attempted only two free throws.
Joining Noah Brown in double figures for Farmers were Rush and Matt Bernadowski with 11 each.
Scharbo scored 27 points for Campy's, while Demetri Clements had 12.
Farmers will take on regular season and defending champion BeeGraphix (9-2) in Thursday's 8 p.m. championship game.
BeeGraphix 75, Northwood Realty 60
In the nightcap, Northwood (5-6) trailed only 12-10 early in the first half before BeeGraphix rolled to a comfortable 45-27 lead at intermission.
Dayshore Majors (12 points), Luke Doptis (9) and Elijah Minnie (8) led the first half scoring for BeeGraphix.
In the second half, Northwood battled back to close to within four points (58-54) on a layup by Javon Brown with 6:53 to go.
However, Minnie scored the game's next seven points to get the lead back up to 65-54 and Northwood never threatened again.
Minnie led the winners with 23 points, with 15 coming in the second half. Majors added 20 points.
Northwood was led by Kass Taylor's 17 points, while Robert Chaney Jr. had 14 and Brandon lawless had 11.
Thursday's title game will be a rematch of last year's championship contest that was won by BeeGraphix.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.