Two weeks into games and Brueggers & Jamba Juice is looking like the team to beat. Another complete team efforts puts them in first place as the season really starts to heat up.
Brueggers & Jamba Juice 51, Stoneham Sports Center 38
While Brueggers & Jamba Juice (2-0) is looking like a title contender, Connor Gilbert is looking like an early favorite for MVP. The former MHS captain had another magnificent game, scoring 17 points with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in a 51-38 win over Stoneham Sports Center. After a close first half and a halftime lead of 26-21 for B&JJ, they blew it open in the 2nd half, building a lead as high as 20 behind Alec Picard and Nick Koytikh. SSC started strong but ran out of gas with only 6 players. Led by Troy Tartarini’s 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists, the expansion team from Wakefield was not able to muster enough energy in the second half to keep up B&JJ. SSC captain Max Frank finally broke out, scoring 10 points with 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Both of these teams will face undefeated Dockside in their next game, with SSC facing their intercity rivals on Monday, while B&JJ will face Mike McKenna next Wednesday.
Crown Trophy 45, Honey Dew 34
After jumping out to an early 12-0 lead, Honey Dew (0-2), struggled to muster any offense afterwards in a 45-34 to Crown Trophy (2-1). The early lead was sparked by a shooting outburst from Matt Connolly, Mike Casparriello, and Chris Burke, who all struggled from the field afterwards. Crown Trophy was limited to 7 players, but found a spark from rookie Dan Hannon, who poured in 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. After the game, Hannon said, “Just tryna get my parents of the city”, interesting theory. He was helped on the glass by older brother Fran Hannon, who scored 8 points and grabbed a record 16 rebounds. CT also had strong rebounding from other brother Kevin Hannon and James Traversy, who each grabbed 6 boards. Honey Dew’s new player Zach McGuire was a late arrival but still managed 8 points (team high) and 3 rebounds. Going forward, GM Casparriello will look to address the early departure of Johnny Carroll before their next game Monday against equally struggling Eastern Bank. Crown Trophy will also face Eastern Bank in their next game, on Wednesday.
Next Games, June 6
Stoneham Sports Center (1-1) @ Dockside (1-0)
Honey Dew (0-2) @ Eastern Bank (0-2)
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All stats courtesy of Tom Caron