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Cherry Valley Deli slices Big Apple BBQ, 44-41

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Cherry Valley Deli ended its long losing streak and won its first game of the year over Big Apple BBQ, 44-41. In a total team effort, Cherry Valley got out to a quick lead in the first quarter behind the hot shooting of Adam Breidbart and Kunar Singh, each with 4 points. In the second quarter. Eddie Johnston and Joe Monti combined for 10 points to help Cherry Valley increase its lead to 17. Big Apple BBQ began to chop away at the lead in the third quarter behind the hot shooting of Jimmy Kozakis and Bobby Dodge. However, an eight-point explosion by James Tierney and strong defense and rebounding by Danny Munoz helped Cherry Valley maintain a 12-point lead. With continued strong play, Big Apple BBQ continued to chip away at Cherry Valley’s lead in the fourth quarter. With less than a minute left in the game, Big Apple BBQ pulled within one point of the lead. Big Apple BBQ got a big rebound and attempted an outlet pass when Justin Finkelman came out of nowhere and intercepted the pass. Finkelman later iced the game by hitting two free throws with three seconds left.

In their second meeting of the week, Varsi Deli was able to hold off a determined Marble Mode, 58-47. Both teams were hot and cold, as Varsi had a sizzling second quarter to take a 26-9 lead, only to have Marble mount a fierce comeback that brought them to within eight by the half and tied at the end of the third quarter. Andrew Lehr continued to have the hot hand for Varsi, scoring 18 points on a variety of drives and jumpers, combining with Keith Capparelli’s 19 points and strong rebounding to hold off Marble’s surge in the third quarter. Michael Berndt continued his unselfish play at point guard, setting up his teammates for easy baskets while still shining on the defensive end. Jose Barcena had 10 points and 14 rebounds, scoring several critical baskets with the game on the line in the fourth period. Amit Chada nailed three long range jumpers and John Kiely had several important baskets as well as showing great hustle and determination on the offensive boards. Marble Mode was led by high scorer Anthony Kapovic, Nick Vigorito and Zachary Frankel, who hit several big shots for Marble, including a three pointer that brought Marble to within four points near the end of the fourth period.

Minor Division

Carvel of Whitestone outlasted Verdi’s Restaurant, 36-35. Joe Lumley led the way with 17 points, 12 in the second half to lead Carvel. Mike Wiederhold added nine, Max Meltzer six — including a clutch free throw — to give Carvel the lead for good. John Pluchino chipped in with 4 points. Jonathan Soto, Anthony Romano and Tommy Schreiber helped hold down Verdi’s to 35 points. Verdi’s was led by terrific ballhandler Filippo Gattoni with 14 points. Brian Campbell added 9.

In another nail-biter at the DG building, Carvel of Whitestone defeated VFW Post, 39-37. Max Meltzer’s turnaround jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining helped lift Carvel of Whitestone to victory. Mike Wiederhold added 10 and Tommy Schreiber 2. Nick Katakiledes led VFW with 17 and Anthony Sciffo chipped in with 14. Max Meltzer led all scorers with 19.

Bantam Division

In a Bantam Division game, Stitches defeated Baschnagel Bros. Roofing. Logan Frankel and George Tsiklidis led the Stitches team to victory. Steve Foley and Derek Capponi also contributed greatly to the win. Paul Tsenesidis and Daniel Arevelo have improved their game for Stitches. For the Baschnagel team, Frank Obidienzo was a standout with a very impressive offensive game.

Girls’ B Division

In a game that was closer than the final score, Napa and Sonoma Restaurant defeated Berardi Bakery, 29-22. Shannon Kern once again controlled the offense for Napa, scoring 18 points, many of them coming off defensive steals. Sarah Smith scored 6 points for Napa as she continues to play a strong game offensively and defensively. Finishing up the scoring for Napa was Ashley Ferrara and Gina Depperman with 3 and 2 points, respectively. Strong defensive play was contributed by Maria Moyola, Arianna Barongi and Andie Espanol. Playing a strong game foe Berardi was Maria Montoya, who scored 5 points. Also playing good games were Alina with 4 points and Carmen Mateo, who chipped in with 2 points.

Posted 7:02 pm, October 10, 2011
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