MBL’s two brand new teams, from Wakefield, swept the top two teams from last season in their first appearances. If you correctly predicted this, you belong in a mental hospital.
Dockside 43, Eastern Bank 33
The defending runner-ups from Eastern Bank fell to 0-2 after a tough loss to the newcomers from Dockside (1-0). Mike McKenna made his presence felt, scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. The favorite for Rookie of the Year made a statement, outplaying Evan Federico who narrowly missed a double-double with 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 block. The score was tied 19-19 at the half, before Dockside dominated the boards in the second half behind Tom Caron (11), Bryan Butt (8), and TJ Pelsar (6). Zack Perella struggled early on with 4 costly turnovers, but recovered nicely with 9 second-half points to avoid a blowout. Nick Campbell once again led Eastern Bank with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Eastern Bank looks to rebound against struggling Honey Dew on June 6. Dockside is also off until June 6, when they will take on their fellow Wakefield comrades in Stoneham Sports Center.
Stoneham Sports Center 30, Crown Trophy 28 (Overtime)
The nightcap turned out to one of the most intense in league history. A constant wind affected shooting for the entire game, leading to the first overtime game in MBL history to be very low scoring. Stoneham Sports Center (1-0) was able to upset the defending champs from Crown Trophy (1-1) in one of the biggest upsets we have ever seen. Crown Trophy had All-League Fran Hannon (9 points, 9 rebounds) back as well as Will Vigneron (14 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks), with both playing at a high level. Stoneham Sports Center was able to contain the rest of Crown Trophy, with six different players scoring and seven different players grabbing a rebound. After Crown Trophy lead 17-14 at halftime, Stoneham Sports Center led 27-25 with 15 seconds, when Vigneron scored to tie the game and send it to OT. With sunlight fading, Stoneham Sports Center used the extra time to secure the win behind a jump shot from Derek Oates and a free throw from Brendan Bennett. Oates finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds while Troy Tartarini had 6 points and 6 rebounds. Crown Trophy takes on Honey Dew next Wednesday while Stoneham Sports Center will face Brueggers & Jamba Juice the same night.
Next Games, June 1:
Stoneham Sports Center (1-0) @ Brueggers & Jamba Juice (1-0) 6:00
Crown Trophy (1-1) @ Honey Dew (0-1)