D3 or Bust captures their first championship, beating No Thank You 78-72. Championship Game MVP, Ian Sistare, had 19 points (14 in the second half), while Jake Silpe chipped in with 16. Regular Season MVP, Garrett Johnson, led all scorers for No Thank You with 31
Larsa Pippen’s Finest are now 4-for-4 in Championship Games, winning their 3rd straight in the M-T-W league, as they hold off a hard-charging effort from Chess Not Checkers in the Atlantic Division title game. Andrew Diehl had 21 for the victors who placed 4 players in double-figures. Marcus Cook led Chess Not Checkers with 23 in their first CHIP game appearance at Basketball City.
In the Pacific M-T-W Division, Hoop City pulled the big “upset” (+8.5 underdogs), defeating Ballers 71-68. League MVP, Bobby Casey, had 22 for the champs, while captain Dean Lucas had 20. Julian Lipinksi was a force inside and out for Ballers with 26 points
In some rescheduled Championship Night action, Flatbush Kings dismissed Ma Kore in the Monday Northeast title game. Claude Blue continued to be a wrecking ball with 19 points while division MVP Andy Robinson had 27 in a losing effort for Ma Kore.
In the Monday South title game, FIFA is Corrupt ran away with the title game over The Gems. The class of their division all season, FIFA will move up to the Northeast division next season. Julian Person was CHIP game MVP with 32 points and 20 rebounds, while Mike Gatan was League MVP with his all-around playmaking on a weekly basis.
For the teams that were in action on Championship Night: Round League NYC proved too much to handle for the vets on W&L, defeating them for a third time this season and winning a CHIP in their first season in the league. A full team effort, led by league MVP Andrew Leone, captain Karel Calcote, SG Kane Ma, and SF Nick Cortese led to the blowout win in the Northwest Division title game.
Lastly, in the Monday Central Division, Ball Is Life capped their inaugural season at Basketball City with a championship after a 7-1 regular season. Their 70-59 win over Air Chicken was punctuated by 19 points from division MVP, Glenn Wheeler.
Molly’s Men is at it again, adding another ring by capping off a 6-2 regular season with a 91-68 drubbing of playoff-cinderella (#6 seed) Cool Runnings. Jesse Browne and league MVP, Sam Willson, each had 30 apiece to lead Remler-Kriftcher Corp to another title.
Meanwhile, “Just One Drink, OK?” (the artists formerly known as “Next Time”) could not punctuate their 8-0 regular season with a title as they were upended by HLR Ballers. PG Ethan Mena (24 P) and MVP, PF Ian Howard (21 P) were an unstoppable 1-2 combo for HLR.
Stuytown Basketball Club DID punctuate their 8-0 regular season with a championship, albeit with cardiac efforts in the semis and championship game to win the trophy. They withstood a furious comeback by Hebrew Heroes in the title game with Mati Wasersztein and David Lachs leading the way for Stuytown with 18 apiece.
Flint Tropics got their second championship for GM Brandon Perry and crew, outlasting the veteran sharpshooters on Brigade Capital for a 61-54 win. League MVP Alex Rosenberg was a problem in the paint all season, and the CHIP (17 points) was no different.
The Tuesday-Wednesday Metro title game featured a rematch of a regular season classic with two 6-2 teams battling. K-Crew ultimately got revenge on The Colorado Closeouts, winning when it mattered (62-49), while placing 4 players in double-figures.
In the South title game, we had the rare championship game with two undefeated teams going head to head. 8-0 Flow Traders outlasted 8-0 LLFC in a 39-32 slugfest to give former and current captains, Masahiro Popp and Aaron Dimitri their first title. MVP Grant Parnon had 15 for the victors while Max Belizzone led first-timers LLFC in their only loss of the season
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