HURLEY'S COURT, JC, NJ -- The Wolfpack has been on a strong playoff push as they came into this marquee matchup on a 4-game winning streak, while Hoop There It Is is trying to hold on to their undefeated record. This would be no easy match-up for either team.
The pace of the game started well for both teams. With smothering defensive efforts, both teams were able to knock down some tough shots. This forced multiple lead changes through the first half. While Hoop There It Is was on a run and felt confident, the trash talk started, but Wolfpack responded perfectly. They quieted their opponents by going on a huge run at the end the first half and took a 6-point lead, 30-24. The ball movement was flawless. Hoop There It Is’ Jordan Wejnert led all players with 10 points and Wolfpack’s Josh Heyer led his team with 9 points.
The Wolfpack kept that same intensity to begin the second half and extended their lead to 9, but Hoop There It Is isn’t undefeated for no reason. They turned on their offense, and got into a defensive rhythm that turned into more offense. Hoop went on a 10-0 run for their first lead since midway through the first half. After this point, it was a dog-fight and anyone’s game as the score was only a 1-point lead back and forth for both teams with 2 minutes to go.
At the 1-minute mark, Hoop There It Is’ Drew Leatherman hit a clutch 3-pointer to take the lead, which iced the game. Hoop There It Is secured the tough 55-50 win and retained bragging rights.
Jordan Wejnert finished with 13 points, 7 assists, and 8 rebounds, Gary Hettinger added 9 points, 6 assists, 2 steals and 3 rebounds, but the second half show-stopper was Mike Minion. He owned the game with 19 points (17 in the second half), 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. Wolfpack's Josh Heyer finished with 13 points, 5 assists, 1 steal and 2 rebounds and D. Wiggins added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block.
HURLEY'S COURT, JERSEY CITY, NJ -- It’s a fight to get into the playoffs and the Alligators did not come to mess around. After a slow start to the season they are on a winning streak, while Probably Hungover are still desperately searching for their first win.
To start the game, Probably Hungover was in total control. The pace of the game was slow, the way they like it because they can defend better. The Alligators were taking and missing way too many 3-pointers and the one-pass and shoot method just wasn’t cutting it. Probably Hungover made them work for every made basket on defense and were producing well on offense. They communicated and passed the ball well. Probably Hungover had an early 5-point lead, but suddenly those 3’s the Alligators were taking started to fall and their defense turned on.
Alligators stormed past Probably Hungover with a 17-0 run to lead by as many as 14 and leave their opponent scoreless for over 8 minutes. Both teams made a couple runs throughout the rest of the half, but Alligators ended it on a 10-2 run to grab a 12-point lead at halftime, 34-22. Probably Hungover’s David Arias led the team with 6-points, while the Bially brothers, Alex and Brett, had 12 points each to lead the Alligators.
Alligators came out the second half on fire with an increased pace and aggressiveness. They extended their lead to 16, but Probably Hungover wouldn’t go away. Their effort was amazing and they dominated on the glass. Probably Hungover went on an 11-0 run to cut their deficit down to only 3, but Alligators responded well to every run. The chemistry, trust and team effort allowed for another double-digit lead and they were able to finish strong in the 67-51 win.
It was the best basketball we’ve seen them play all season and they have now won 3 in a row. For Probably Hungover, Ben Carr had a big game, leading the team with 14 points, 4 assists, 1 steal and 7 rebounds followed by Oliver Kaljuvee’s 11 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. For the Alligators, Bill Leonard put up 15 points, and 4 rebounds and the Bially Brothers exploded. Alex Bially finished with 20 points (6 three-pointers), 3 rebounds and 2 assists and Brett Bially also added a double-double 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.
JERSEY CITY, NJ -- A matchup between the only two undefeated teams, Hoop There It Is and CW Express was certainly one to look forward to. One of these two teams would remain undefeated while the other went to the L column.
Neither team started off well, the first few minutes were sloppy, but then defense showed up. Hoop There It Is’ defense was tight and CW Express put pressure on every play as well. CW Express led by as many as 6 although throughout the half the score stayed relatively close with multiple ties and lead changes. Each team was evenly matched on offense, defense and showed good ball movement.
There’s no better way to end the half than a buzzer beater and Bill Dowd did just that for CW Express with a layup to even out the score at 25. However, JP Kernisan led the team with 11 points and for Hoop There It Is Drew Leatherman led with 12 points.
The second half was even more exciting as the energy and intensity rose to another level. The defense from both teams remained solid and Hoop There It Is started off strong on offense to stretch the lead, then went ice cold. This allowed CW Express to go on an 11-0 run and take their largest lead at 8 points.
Hoop There It Is, a team known for fighting in any situation until the clock runs out did the unthinkable. They went on a 19-2 run, shocking CW Express and taking the largest lead of the game at 11 points with only two minutes remaining. They ran circles around CW Express, who were uncoordinated. One of their leading scorers, Ean Egar, did not show up, he struggled the entire night. However, it ain’t over until it’s over.
Hoop There It Is got comfortable and CW Express went on a 7-0 run in one minute and now only down 4 with 47 seconds left. CW Express’ Jeremy Carr had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer and take it to overtime, but he missed the put back at the rim. Hoop There It Is held on for the thrilling 56-54 win.
Jeremy Carr finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, and 4 blocks, JP Kernisan added 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist and Bill Dowd finished with 13 points, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 rebounds. For Hoop There It Is’ Jordan Wejnert put up 17 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist and 1 block, Jarret Schreck added 10 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal, and Drew Leatherman finished with 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist.