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Optometrics Eye Care edges Pizza Chef for win

Optometrics Eye Care chalked up a big win over Pizza Chef. Optometrics is finally getting on track with strong defense led by power forwards Scott Seminerio and Mike Slattery. Great hustle by Alexander Chateau and Mike Conklin sealed the victory.

Joe Burke, Mike Giaccio and Chris Kekowski led all scorers. Tommy Monte was on top of his game, hitting open jumpers for Optometrics. Pizza Chef was led by Mike Kern, Chris Franchesini Joe Depperman, Anthony Romanelli and Nick Coppolino.

In a well-played Minor Division game, Verdi’s Restaurant defeated Optometrics Eye Care. Verdi’s Restaurant was led by great play from Stephen Mare, Derrick Lammachia, Brian Campbell and Cal Sternick. Fillipo Gattoni was tough to stop as usual. Andrew and Mark McClean were dominating, as was Sha Torres. Optometrics Eye Care was led by great defense from Slattery, Monte and Chataeu. Giaccio, Kekowski, Seminerio and Conklin also had big games for Optometrics.

Carvel of Whitestone ended their regular season with a 53-37 victory over Optometrics Eye Care. Carvel was led by Joe Lumley, 21 points, and Max Meltzer, 22 points. Mike Wiederhold led the team with 9 assists while adding 7 points.

Anthony Romano added a key bucket for Carvel at a time when the game was still in doubt. Solid defense by Tommy Schreiber, John Pluchino, Jonathon Soto and Jonathan Lopez kept the Optometrics score down. Giaccio had 17 and Kekowski added 10 for Optometrics.

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In a fast-paced game that saw both teams shoot extremely well, Varsi Deli defeated Cherry Valley Deli, 59-48. Varsi was led by the hot hands of Keith Caparelli and Andrew Lehr with 20 and 17 points, respectively, and the fine play of Michael Berndt, Jose Barcena, John Kiely and Amit Chadha.

Berndt’s quick hands accounted for 6 steals, while he dished out 7 assists and collected 6 points. Barcena’s inside game was a major force as he helped control the boards and added 10 points. Kiely contributed 4 points and Chadha 2.

Eddie Johnston of Cherry Valley led all scorers with 24 points as he was virtually unstoppable in the first half. Adam Briedbart had 6 points on three long-range jumpers, and James Tierney also had 6 points and played a nice all-around game.

Varsi Deli continued to play excellent team basketball in defeating Big Apple Barbecue, 51-38. It was a close game throughout the first half as Big Apple held the lead, only to have Varsi have a strong second half to secure the victory.

Varsi’s active team defense was the key to the win, while their offense was led by Caparelli with 20 points and Lehr with 16. Great work off the glass by Kiely and Barcena and Berndt’s playmaking were key ingredients in the win. Big Apple was led by the fine play of James Kozakis and Robert Dodge.

Marble Mode defeated Cherry Valley in a Major Division game. Nicky Vigorito played an exceptional game with his strong rebounding and impressive offensive play near the boards.

It was a complete team effort with Zach Frankel, Ralph Glavan, Anthony Kapovic, and Jonathan Lee all contributing. As usual, the Marble Mode team was led by Dave Martin displaying his tough defense and his exceptional drives to the basket. “Smokin Joe” Montgomery played a powerful game, even though he fouled out in the last quarter. Ed Johnston played valiantly for the Cherry Valley team.

Bantam Division

In an exciting Bantam Division game Stitches defeated Lee’s Jewel Box. Logan Frankel and Steve Foley led the Stitches team with fine offensive performances. Derek Capponi also contributed, especially off the boards.

George Tsiklidis has been a pleasant surprise for this team. He has improved steadily this season and played an exceptional game against Lee’s. Dave Legaz also stood out with his hustling style of play on both defense and offense. Benny Tockershewsky played very well for the Lee’s Jewel Box team.

Using a well-balanced attack, JAM Service Company defeated Stitches, 23-20. Trailing 8-0 in the first period, Sal DiMaria and Patrick Berndt each sank two foul shots that seemed to jumpstart JAM’s offense.

From there, JAM played good team basketball the rest of the way for the win. Berndt’s 9 points led the way, while Kenny Lehr, DiMaria and Mike Gallagher each had 4 points. Capponi, Frankel and Foley were the leaders for a very good Stitches team.

In very tight contest, JAM Service Company outlasted Lee’s Jewel Box, 31-29. Lehr and Berndt had 11 and 12 points, respectively, as both players overcame intense defensive pressure to lead JAM to the win.

David Hazin and Jose Hasing each had 4 points while DiMaria and Francisco Kyriacou each played the hustling defense that helped control Lee’s offense in the second half. Lee’s played an exceptional game, holding the lead for much of the contest, and was led by high scorer Tockershewsky, Dustin Lee and Anthony Andreani.

Donnelly Home for Adults defeated Whitestone Diner, 19-18. Jonathan Lee and Alessio Santoro each scored 3 baskets. Thomas Regan hit 2 baskets and a foul shot. Kristopher Parente also made a basket to bring Donnelly to its victory. Great offensive playing by Terri Tarpeand Louie Kabatnik kept the game tight. Both teams battled to the end for the victory.

Girls’ A Division

With an awesome display of determination and teamwork, Whitehouse Restaurant beat the undefeated Greater Whitestone Taxpayers, 25-14. Scoring for Whitehouse was Corinne Lippert, with 14 points, Rei Lem scoring 4, Brittany Famighetti with 3 points.

Jessica Piccolino, and Lacey Losgar both added 2 points each. Great team-playing was displayed by Monica Ng, Theresa Schwenk, and Kaitlyn McGrory. Scoring for Taxpayers was Harriet Skevis, scoring 9 points, Dana Kettenring, who landed an exciting hookshot, scoring 3, and Lisa Sanzo scored 2.

In a game that showed Whitehouse Restaurant’s players putting their skills together and working as a team, they beat Dr. Donald Musaffi Chiropractor, 28-7.

Scoring for Whitehouse was done by Lippert with 10 points, Lem with 6 points, Piccolino and Losgar with 4 points each, and Famighetti and McGrory with a basket apiece. Musaffi’s scoring was shared by Samantha McNamara with 4 points and Leyla Feyzullahoglu with 3.

In a game that had both teams playing shorthanded, Whitehouse Restaurant beat Graziano’s Ravioli, 24-10. Playing well as a team, all the girls on Whitehouse scored. Lippert scored 12 points, Lem scored 6 and Piccolino, Ng, and Famighetti each scored 2 points. Scoring for Graziano’s was Amanda Bell with 6 points, and Nicole Naposki and Manuela Uribe each scoring 2.

Girls’ B Division

Metro Appraisal Service played tough defense and exceptional team offense against Berardi Bakery resulting in a 42-15 win. Metro’s offense was led by Camille Beza who scored 29 points, and Kimberly Simon, who scored 11 points.

For Berardi, MariaMontoya played superb defense as she consistently rebounded throughout the game. Also playing well for Berardi was Carmen Mateo, who was a strong asset to her team. Both Metro and Berardi displayed tremendous teamwork and sportsmanship.

Cosmo Plumbing defeated Berardi Bakery, 33-17, in a game where both teams played extremely well. Cosmo’s Megan Latham, Samantha Litrenta and Amy Dhaliwal each had their best performance of the year, both offensively and defensively.

McGrory, Colleen Brennan and Jenna Fogelman led the team in scoring. The strong defense played by Jaclyn Kulogowski and Tatiana Celcis also contributed to the win. A great team effort resulted in Cosmo’s highest-scoring game of the season.

Novice Division

In a close contest in the DG 8-year-old Novice Division, Team 3 outlasted Team 2. Christian Cruz, Mathew Mora, and Johnny Marshiello led the way with great rebounding.

Christopher Wren, John Falidas, Evangelos Triklidas and Chritian Espinal led all scorers. Tom Georgiades, Stephan Georgiades and Michael Rosner dominated the offensive boards and held Team 2 scoreless for three minutes.

Team 2 was led by Chris Koukias, Anthony Bradica and Morris Richards. Also scoring were Mike Andino, Tanner Balkayer and Dion Vangelatos. Jordan Chateau, Constantine Pougiouklidis and Omar Abbas almost turned the game around with their great team work. Team 2 is still awaiting the return of team leader Tommy Renner who is out with an injury.

Cristom Construction defeated Dial-A-Balloon, 16-10. Christopher Regan, Christina DeVito and Joseph Favalora each scored two baskets. Michael Moravek and Joseph Tomlinson each hit a basket. Christopher Roman, Lorenzo Colasante and Simeon Pandides helped the team with strong defensive plays. Dial-A-Balloon gave a good fight thanks to Joshua Acevedo, Matthew Kramer, Rebecca Friedman and Luis Rosario.

Led by the all-around play of Jenna Schiffman and Tom Foley and defense of Mike McCutchen, Pee Wee Folks Pre School beat Cristom Construction, clinching a league-best record of 9-0-1. Coach Ted Schiffman is very proud of all his championship players.

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