One of the best ballers to ever come out of the Beaver County Hustlers Association, Allen “Walking Double Double” Deep, laced ’em up for the first time in the Ellwood City Basketball League Sunday at the Family Center. After weeks of rumors running rampant, Monstars Team Captain Sean Swisher claims arguably the hottest free agent on the market. Deep looks to help Monstars as they start jockeying for playoff positioning. It did not take long for his impact to be felt. Having flashbacks of IUP and YSU, Deep did not need primer or paint as there were no signs of rust. Pouring in 23 points on the evening, Deep looked grand in green.
Cody “To The Max” Mittica and Super Swish had great games as well with buckets for days. After the game, Monstars team member Jason Balla stated “this was a statement game!” It’s hard to argue with him as the Monstars put up an Ellwood City Basketball League season high 57 points in their victory over Up In The Air. It’s only fitting Monstars sport the Riverside green.
Turncoats were back at it again notching another 2 victories on the evening, knocking off TTT and Hog Balls in a tight one. Nick “Slick Nick Ready to Set a Pick” Nardone, Chris Smiley and Jon Atkinson all continue to show why their names will be in the conversation for the League MVP Award with their skills to pay the bills skill set. Damien “New Kid On The Block” Lutz and Donnie “Not as New Kid On The Block” Lutz; one of the league’s father/son duos, showed the depth of Turncoats bench with their strong outings. A force to be reckoned with, Turncoats now sit at a perfect 10-0. Tye Dillinger approves. The question on many minds is can Turncoats run the table? Team Captain Pat O’Brien has dreams of 18-0.
Paging Dev Taylor.
Big Fun clashed with Double Dribble which saw an interesting individual matchup of Big Fun’s Downtown Davey Moore vs. Double Dribble’s Mikey “CEO of Moore Manor” Moore, where the elder Moore put his CEO title on the line! This was not a Civil War between the brothers, but certainly a war of attrition. When the dust settled, it was the younger member of the Moore clan who helped propel Big Fun to a win. Effective immediately, Downtown Davey has been sworn in as CEO of Moore Manor. Drop off your applications at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Big Fun was also victorious over Herbie V to improve to 9-1. Tyler “Help” Powell was inactive as he was busy auditioning for the role of Mouth in the modern day remake of The Goonies.
A big ol’ shout out goes to Leaps & Bounds Gymnastics Company for their generous donation to the league! Only five weeks remain in the Ellwood City Basketball League’s regular season before the playoffs get under way. Playoffs?!
League notes: There will be no games on Sunday April 16th due to the Easter Holiday. The number 1 and 2 seeds will earn a first round bye in the playoffs. League MVP votes will be submitted by each of the 10 team captains after the regular season. Each captain can submit two different votes and neither vote can be one of their own team members. The MVP will be announced during the first week of the playoffs. The annual 3 point contest will take place during the first week of the playoffs. The prize list; so far, for the 3 point contest winner is:
An authentic NBA Basketball
A gift bucket from the Car Wash of Ellwood City
A $25 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods
A $25 gift card to Vinny’s
A $25 gift card to Johnny’s Pizza
A $40 gift card to Venezie Sporting Goods
A $25 gift card to Domino’s
A $25 gift card to Christy’s
And a few surprises