Champs earn Bedford Rec hoop titles
It was championship weekend in the Bedford Rec Basketball League, and the finalists in all divisions did not disappoint. Here’s a look at the action.
Boys Grades 3-4
RJG Builders 27,
NH Eye Associates 22
Wilson Quick’s rapid first three baskets propelled NH Eye Associates to an early lead. Daniel Lewis (6 points) and Tyler Chun (6 points) responded, resulting in a 19-8 halftime lead for RJG.
Strong defense from Ian Barad, Matthias Eastwood, Anthony Galipeault, Varun Hariharan, Yair Mohel, Luke Rodgers and Luke Sullivan held NH Eye in check during the 16-3 run to close the first half.
NH Eye countered with Nishil Majmundar and Brendan Ahn providing the defensive intensity.
Peter Alexakos, Caleb Hinton, and Samarth Bhat hustled at both ends of the court. C.J. Koustas and James McGhee poured in the second-half hoops to pull NH Eye within five points as time wound down.
Anthony Correnti (NH Eye) and Denys Savenko (RJG) traded big shots in the final five minutes before NH Eye ran out of time.
Sam Barad led all scorers with 13 and took home RJG Builder’s Defensive Player of Game the Game.
Boys Grades 5-6
Medical Eye Center 23
Solid team defense by Hannaford helped erase a nine-point deficit, led by Amal Bazar, Luke Tenn and Marcco Austin on the boards.
Alex Cotnoir, Arav Bazar, Camden Laird, Cooper Laird, and Nick Crift were key on the defensive perimeter. Wade Thompson contributed 13 including three 3-pointers.
Peter Suozzo paced the Medical Eye Center out of the gate with several hard drives to the hoop, finishing the plays and converting on his foul shots. Lockdown defense and dominant rebounding from Bryce Ahn, RJ Proulx and Suozzo helped MEC get out to an early 11-2 lead.
But despite dynamic playmaking from Brody Woloski and Colin Johnson, Hannaford would tie the game at the half.
In the second half, Kellen McGuinness and Brendan Sullivan of the Medical Eye Center would sell out for loose balls, helping set up Sammy Fazelat for several of his trademark long jumpers.
Elie Nasr would bury a put-back, and Lukas Gaff swatted a Hannaford shot into the parking lot, but it was not to be for MEC.
Boys Grades 7-8
Septic & Sewer 43,
Puritan Backroom 37
In the first half, Bellemore had trouble finding the basket, but Alex Gabree’s amazing outside shooting kept things close. John Healy, Sean Kuhloff and Colby Snow added key baskets to keep Bellemore within seven points at the half.
Alex Wafer suggested a lineup tweak, and the youngster’s move paid immediate dividends.
Cole Diehl stepped up to shut down Puritan Backroom’s successful scoring inside the paint and also captured some crucial rebounds.
Meanwhile, Wafer ignited Bellemore’s offense with his explosive speed to break through Puritan’s defense for layups. Charlie Cariello made some key plays on offense and defense to halt Puritan’s momentum.
Sam McGovern, Matthias Wrede, John Nasr and Michael Donelli fought hard offensively and defensively to contribute to the win.
Garrett Konieczny, out of the game due to injury, provided an emotional boost to the team during his appearance in the closing minutes as Puritan made one last attempt to come back.
Girls Grades 3-4
LAER Beauchemin Realty 20, Bernstein & Mello Law 8
LAER was led by Ryan Burke who had eight points followed by Libby Foxx who had six.
Ariel Berger and Sarah Burke added to the total. Zariah Medrano and Manasvi Narreddy played well on both ends of the court.
Paige Gabriel led the way for Bernstein & Mello with a pair of baskets, one on a nice outlet from Addie Wallat and the other on a great pass from Abbie Lafortune. Zoe Bernstein and Lucia Baldi had baskets as well. Lexi Murphy, Megan Labrie and Sarah Merhalski all played great all-around games.