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The Donkeys 57 The Orangemen 37
Sam King notches 26 points in win
After a great first-half performance, The Orangemen failed to get back into the contest and lost to The Donkeys, 57-37.
The Orangemen came out firing out of the gates and led 5-0 after a three from Brian Hoesly. The Donkeys came back and took the 13-12 advantage on a jumper from Brendan Leary. The lead was up to 26-14 after a Sam King three-pointer. The halftime edge was 30-14.
The Donkeys kept up the pressure in the second half and ran out to a 49-28 lead thanks to another triple from Leary. Connor Sweeny hit a three-point shot to bring The Orangemen within 16 at 53-37, but that is as close as it got thanks to four straight points from King to end the contest.
King scored a game-high 26 points in the win while hitting 5-of-6 from the free throw line and grabbing 15 rebounds. Leary added 14 points and four steals.
JC Cherundolo led The Orangemen with 13 points and five blocks. Rich Conway hit only one of his seven shots from distance, but finished with 10 points in the losing effort.
The Donkeys will try to take down the second-seeded NUB at 8 p.m. next week at the Kennedy School.
NUB 91 Natural Poppin' 61
Jeff Mason, NUB cruises through Dan Popko, Natural Poppin'
NUB took control of this game after a slow start and ended up dominating for the 91-61 victory over Natural Poppin’.
Natural Poppin’ took the 19-15 advantage on a Kevin Finn three-point shot from the top of the arch. NUB ended the half with a 20-4 run to take the 35-23 edge.
In the second 22, Jeff Mason started to make shots and put his team up 47-23 with a triple. Mason made it 64-33 and basically put this game away with about 10 minutes left with another shot from distance.
Elijah Heckstall led the way with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double. Mason hit 5-of-8 from downtown for 24 points. He also led the team with six assists.
Dan Popko had a team-high 23 points, but only made two of his 11 shots from deep. He grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out six assists. Finn added 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
NUB will be put up against The Donkeys at 8 p.m. next week at the Kennedy School.
Minus 1 Cuban 50 Court Blazers 44
Boris Perlovsky shines after one-game suspension
Minus 1 Cuban and Court Blazers put on a great show, but Court Blazers could not hit a shot in the final minutes as Minus 1 Cuban advances with the 50-44 win on Thursday night.
Both squads were hitting shots early and Drew Gallagher was carrying Court Blazers in the first half. He tied the game 7-7 with a triple in the early going. He also cut the lead to 11-10 with another three to finish the half with eight points. Minus 1 Cuban went on a 13-6 run to end the half with the 24-16 advantage.
Court Blazers fought back in the second half with huge offensive rebounds and points on the fast break, including a layup from Waldis Garcia to cut the deficit to 36-31. Another layup off a steal from Garcia made it 39-36. Boris Perlovsky hit four straight free throws to seal the victory to make it 48-41.
Perlovsky led all scorers with 19 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Derek Hand added 13 points and eight rebounds.
Garcia missed all five of his shots from distance and finished with 12 points and four steals. Gallagher notched 11 points.
Minus 1 Cuban will have a tough task next week when they face Swamp Donkey Legends at 9 p.m.
Swamp Donkey Legends 52 Wyld Stallyns 31
Swamp Donkey Legends roll into semi-finals
Wyld Stallyns trailed by 20 at the half to Swamp Donkey Legends and could not muster enough points to make a comeback in the 52-31 loss in the first round of the playoffs.
Swamp Donkey Legends ran out to a quick 14-3 lead after a steal and layup from Felix Trede off of a Wyld Stallyns defensive rebound. The lead was 21-4 after a Reid Noble triple. Bill Butler hit two free throws to make it 28-8 at the half. He finished the first half with 16 points.
In the second half, Wyld Stallyns made it interesting with a layup from Ivan Liriano to cut the deficit down to 16 at 40-22. Butler sealed the win six straight points on two possessions to make it 50-24.
Butler led all scorers with 28 points and collected 13 rebounds for the double-double. Noble hit both of his threes for a total of eight points.
Ozgun Atasoy was the lone double-digit scorer for Wyld Stallyns with 12 points.
Swamp Donkey Legends will take on Minus 1 Cuban at 9 p.m. next week at the Kennedy School.