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A full slate of basketball games was on the schedule at the Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League’s gym this week as the competition continued to be exciting and division races remained close.

<i>Minor Division</i>

New Hyde Park Amoco beat a...

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A full slate of basketball games was on the schedule at the Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League’s gym this week as the competition continued to be exciting and division races remained close.

<i>Minor Division</i>

New Hyde Park Amoco beat a favored Dining NY.com team in an exciting contest. In what seems to be a familiar pattern, Amoco started out sluggishly and fell behind by eight in the early going. The offensive trio of Jimmy Kozakis, Mena Yacoub, and Zachary Frankel woke up and Amoco pulled away in the second half for a relatively easy win. Amoco’s zone defensive was anchored by Mark Williams, John Sfiris and Alex Mason. New Hyde Park Amoco’s record now stands at 8-7.

In a very physical hard fought game, DiningNY.com defeated Cherry Valley Deli by a score of 54-47. DiningNY.com was led to victory by the high scoring of Marc Laufer, with 21 points in the second half. The game was tied at 43 points going into the final four minutes when Edward Johnston scored two quick baskets to put DiningNY.com ahead to stay. The quick defense of Adam Breidbart and Peter DiPietrantonio, the playmaking of Justin Finkelman, the rebounding of Kunar Singh, and the all-around strong play of Philip Leist were also instrumental to the team’s victory.

<i>Bantam Division</i>

In a fantastic game that was decided in overtime, Lee’s Jewel Box pulled ahead to clinch it over Parson’s 20th Avenue Auto Care, 21-18. Lee’s offense was powered by Joey Anderkavich with a game-high 13 points. Chris Garthright and Giancarlo Santillo had three points each with Andrew McClean chipping in two points against a strong Parson’s defense. Tight defense for Lee’s was provided by Antonio Prassos and Mojtaba Raja. Jose Gonzalez and Tommy Schreiber provided the strong rebounding need for the win.

In a very well-played game, Duffner & Voight beat Franklin’s Printing, 30-25. Joey Depperman led Franklin’s Printing in scoring, while Chris Franceshini and Mike Higgins each had strong games, with both players playing new positions. Brandon Torres made a strong contribution for Franklin’s and continues to improve each week on his defense.

<i>Novice Division</i>

In an exciting end to end duel, the DG Lakers overcame a determined Bulls squad. The Lakers’ Patrick Berndt continued to light up the scoreboard as he led the offense, while Kenny Lehr and Derek Capponi contributed important points. Manuel Barcena and Patrick Thompson each played a solid game for the Lakers. The Bulls were led by the fine all-around game of Patrick Flynn, who led the Bulls in a nice comeback effort. Mike Lavin, Tommy Medina, Sal DiMaria, Mark Mclean, John Comisky, Chris Owen, Katherine Pougioklis and Gina Tsoumai each made solid contributions in a fine game played by the Bulls team.

In a Saturday afternoon Novice Division game, the DG Knicks beat the DG Raptors in a closely contested match. The Knicks were led offensively by Logan Frankel, Demetri Giakoumis and Frank Obidienzo. Defensive standouts included Richie Nielson, Tanya Kozakis, and Chrisine Brabazon.

<i>Girl's Division</i>

In a thrilling game, Joe’s Gals beat Laura’s Ladies, 20-17. Christine McGrory put on her best performance since last year’s championship game, leading the team with 10 points. Amy Reiss was also super with six points. Daniella Vellucci with eight points and Daniella Ortiz with six points had excellent games for the Ladies.

Ed and Jimmy’s Powerhouse team, led by Muge Undemir’s 13 points and Elizabeth Venegas’ eight points, proved to be too much for Gerry’s Angels. Katie Brent with 10 points and Katie Boller with eight gave the Angels a great effort on both ends of the floor.

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