Graham Restoration smokes Verdi’s Restaurant, 16-12

In an exciting girls’ A Division game, Graham Restoration defeated a gritty Verdi’s Restaurant, 16-12. This was a see-saw battle that saw frequent ties and lead changes. Tiffany Rivere, Michelle Moravek and Lisa Labate carried the…

Girls’ A Division

In an exciting girls’ A Division game, Graham Restoration defeated a gritty Verdi’s Restaurant, 16-12. This was a see-saw battle that saw frequent ties and lead changes.

Tiffany Rivere, Michelle Moravek and Lisa Labate carried the Graham team offensively. Joanna Bakalis, Anita Avakian, Catherine Obidienzo and Monica Sharma played well, rotating at the guard positions. Anastasia Meleties and Angela Vikelis also played an excellent all-around game.

This was only the second win of the season for the Graham Restoration team, but it was impressive, featuring a swarming defense and a “never quit” attitude. For Verdi’s Restaurant, Jessica Piccolino, Britany Naposki, Katie McGrory, Angelica Rodriquez and Rei Lem played extremely well.

Verdi’s Restaurant enjoyed victory with a come-from-behind win over Ranshaw Plumbing. With less than three minutes in the game, Rei Lem tied the score and then Angelica Rodriguez sank a foul shot to give Verdi’s the lead, 13-12. Angelica led the team with five points. Rei Lem contributed four points and Michelle Lee and Katie McGrory both hit baskets for two points each.

Britany Naposki, Jessica Piccolino and Danielle Cantatore played an excellent defensive game. Dana Kettenring scored six points and Stacy Kurumusis scored five points for Ranshaw. Alexa made one free throw.

Verdi’s Restaurant defeated Ranshaw Plumbing, 22-21. Excessive fouls by Ranshaw gave Verdi’s the opportunity to sink six foul shots. Rei Lem led the game in scoring with nine points, including three foul shots, with the last one putting Verdi’s on top for the win.

Angelica Rodriguez hit for eight points, including two foul shots. Jessica Piccolino hit one foul shot and scored underneath for two, and Michelle Lee hit a jump shot for two. Katie McGrory and Britany Naposki led the tight defense to assist in the win. Dana Kettenring, Kathy Zikas and Stacy Kurumusis scored for Ranshaw.

In a very exciting game, Cristom Construction defeated Whitestone Carvel, 16-15. Cristom Construction was led by the scoring of Jenna Schiffman and the courageous all-around play of Nicole Naposki and Meaghan Callahan. Great defense by Christa Litrent, Christina DeVito and Melanie Vega helped Cristom Construction improve its record to 10-1 and take sole possession of first place.

Minor Division

In its last regular season game, the DG Sunday Morning team defeated an undermanned Gigi’s Pizzeria team, 44-18. They were led offensively by Danny Santeufemia, Leo Nin and Logan Frankel. Kenny Lee and Arthur Avakian also played very well with their hustling play. As usual for the DG Sunday team, Jonathan Soto was monstrous off the boards.

For the Gigi’s team, James Gorga, Luke Fallon and the McClean brothers, Mark and Andrew, played solid games.

Bantam Division

David & Nancy Legaz – Re/Max Universal won a nail-biter, 15-13, against DG Tuesday Night Basketball. In this highly competitive game, Re/Max center Christopher Yip pulled down a last-second defensive rebound to secure the victory.

Re/Max strong forward Ken Bishop had the hot hand and led all scorers with six points. Re/Max point guard Ricky Callahan hit four free throws late in the fourth quarter to give his team the lead.

David & Nancy Legaz – Re/Max Universal sizzled against Napa & Sonoma Steakhouse with a 27-13 victory. Re/Max point guard David Legaz led all scorers with eight points and four steals. Re/Max shooting guard Ricky Callahan was again supreme from the charity stripe with four free throws.

Re/Max guard Nicolas Sipp played bigger than life with three assists and three steals while also contributing with a basket. Re/Max power forward Joe Roberti contributed with seven points and three assists.

David & Nancy Legaz – Re/Max Universal broiled Napa & Sonoma Steakhouse, 28-10, in a home and home grudge match. Re/Max point guard David Legaz had a breakout game, going 7-for-7 from the field. His defensive game was also outstanding with three steals, two blocked shots and three defensive rebounds.

Birthday boy Re/Max power forward Joe Roberti contributed with eight points, five offensive rebounds and two assists. Re/Max small forward Dimitrios Alamada had an outstanding defensive game by denying the baseline and limiting second-chance shots.

Novice A Division

Sarcona Management and PeeWee Folks played an exciting Novice A division basketball game at the DG facility in Whitestone on Feb. 28. Both teams traded baskets and played strong defense throughout the game, leading to a 14-14 tie.

Jonathon Ho, Brandon Ho and Chris Efkarpidis scored multiple points for PeeWee Folks, with the rest of the team assisting on offense and defense. Kelana Harris, Ashley Schwank and Sabrina Rivera provided the scoring for Sarcona Management with George Brockmann, Tom Sharkey, Lefty Tseridis and Logan Vrankoviz providing support.

With Sarcona Management leading 14-12 with two seconds remaining, Chris Efkarpidis hit a long shot to end the game in a thrilling tie.

Matthew Kanter hit a 12-foot shot with a minute remaining in the game to break a 12-12 tie and put Marble Mode ahead for good in a 16-12 win against Sarcona Management in DG Novice A action. Marble’s Anthony Cantatore scored the first basket of the game, as Marble jumped out to a 6-0 lead.

But Sarcona had a big second-quarter run to give Sarcona an 8-6 edge. The play of Peter Babatsikos (six points) and Ashley Schwenk (six points) was key in Sarcona’s strong showing.

In the second half, Kalyn Faler scored four of her team-leading six points for Marble. Andrew Grothman chipped in with four points and Kevin Larrea scored a key basket in Marble’s victory. Joseph Leone, Bree Bradley, Melissa Kanter and Tom Kizner all played a role in Marble’s best effort of the season.

Novice B Division

The game between Tiffany and Dun Rite ended with a 25-15 victory for Tiffany, which took charge from the beginning with a great offensive performance. Anthony Scarallo scored 15 points on great shooting. Also contributing with good defense and rebounding in this team effort was Matthew Siano, Ismael Nehhas, Dylan Chateau, Arian Florez Iannarella and Jake Shade. Dun Rite was led by Morris Richards and Joe Almadovar.

The game between Tiffany and Champion was a hard-fought defensive game with Tiffany winning, 12-10. Anthony Scarallo led the way with nine points. The team also made six foul shots in the winning effort. It was a team effort with Dylan Chateau, Ismael Nehhas and Alex Tsiklidis contributing. Champion was led by Tom Foley.

Senior Division

The first game of our Sunday evening Senior Division saw Gleason’s Funeral Home lose to Clintonville Restaurant, 65-63. Once again the Finkelman brothers, Jonathan and Justin, had great games for the Clintonville squad, scoring 32 points and nine points, respectively. “Smokin Joe” Montgomery and Dave Martin also played well for the victors.

For the Gleason’s squad, Nick Pisacano scored 29 with a varied arsenal of three-pointers, drives and short jumpers. Joe Ligotti also had a strong game with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

In the second game, Cascarino’s Pizza defeated DePhillips Sporting Goods, 88-72. This game was neck and neck through three quarters, but Cascarino’s potent offense, led by Joey Mare’s 47 points, proved too much for the DePhillips team to handle.

Phil Leist and Anthony Kapovic also contributed to the victory with 16 points and 12 points, respectively. Mena Yacoub and Scott Leo led the DePhillips squad, combining for 50 points.

The Whitestone Car Wash team defeated the Berardi Bakery team, 53-39, in the evening’s final contest. Carlo Coumoutsis led the Car Wash team, pouring in 24 points, while Mike Alban hit for 12. Lucas Lay and Teddy Rojas were strong off the boards for the victors.

Tommy Franceschini and Steve Koullias led the Berardi team offensively, while Joey Graham put in a good effort pulling down rebounds.

Girls’ B Division

Christine McGrory led the offense with help from Sarah Smith and Katie Flynn in MCF Associates’ victory over Optometrics Eye Care, 33-17. Samantha Litrenta played well at center with Anna Arellano, Tatiana Celcis, Chris Golea and Samantha McNamara all contributing to the win. Terry Yip put in a strong offensive effort for Optometrics along with good performances by Megan Chacon and Anastasia Espinol.

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