Kumon: Team to beat in Division III basketball
|Neil Carper fires up a shot as Ooh La La!ís Joselin Presswood defends during Division III basketball action at King Middle School.
|Neil Carper drives to the basket as Josh Zawistoski attempts to poke the ball loose during Division III basketball action at King Middle.
Kumon and Ooh La La! Bistro both came into the Jan. 18 matchup with perfect 2-0 records and looking to make a statement as to who will rule Division III basketball this season.
The final score shows Kumon edging Ooh La La! 15-10, but Kumon controlled the game from the outset. Neil Carper was almost unstoppable off the dribble and seemingly penetrated the lane whenever it suited him. Once he broke down the perimeter defense, he would either go in for the layup or pass it off to post players Logan Reiber or Chris Burdick.
Kumon held a 7-1 lead midway through the third period behind five points from Carper and two points from Reiber. Ooh La La! fought back to pull to within 7-4 on a rebound putback from Phillip Dudevoire and one foul shot from Jake Parsons.
Carper extended the Kumon lead to 9-4 when he grabbed an offensive rebound and took off for the other basket with Ooh La La! defenders giving chase. Carper reversed his direction and drove unabaded back to his basket for a layup.
Josh Zawistoski answered right back for Ooh La La! when he took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the court for a layup to pull to within three points.
Carper brought the ball upcourt for Kumon and drove the baseline before passing off to Burdick for an easy layup and an 11-6 lead. Zawistoski answered minutes later with a 15-foot shot from the baseline to again pull Ooh La La! to within three points.
Carper and Burdick hooked up again to give Kumon a 13-8 lead, but Ooh La La! refused to go away. Lauren Sapienza scored along the baseline to again pull Ooh La La! to within three points with time winding down. Carper brought the ball quickly up court and drove to the basket. As the Ooh La La! defense collapsed on him, he alertly passed the ball out to the top of the key where Reiber swished a shot as the buzzer sounded to complete Kumon’s 15-10 victory.
Carper finished with a game-high seven points, four assists and three steals, while Reiber scored four points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Burdick completed the Kumon scoring with four points in the victory.
Zawistoski led Ooh La La! with five points and three steals, while Dudevoire had two points, two rebounds and two steals. Sapienza’s two points and one point and four rebounds from Jake Parsons rounded out the Ooh La La! scoring.
In other Division III basketball action, Jessie’s Island Store rolled past Greg Ross Development 16-4 on Jan. 17. Samantha Purnell led the way with six points and an incredible 15 rebounds, while teammate Anne Marie Galati had four points and seven steals. Alexia Yavalar, Maddie Valadie and Gigi Belsito each scored two points in the victory for Jessie’s.
Lexi Moore and Andew Ross scored two points apiece to lead Greg Ross Development in the loss.
Dips 27, Duncan 10
Justin Gargett scored 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Dips Ice Cream past Duncan Real Estate on Jan. 16. Johnny Mattay added five points for Dips, which also received two points apiece from Lee Bergeron, Connor Field, Zach Guerin and Daniel Schroeder in the victory.
Duncan Real Estate was led by eight points from Kalif Mora and two points from Courtney Schmidt.
A&E 23, ReMax 16
Air & Energy received a balanced scoring attack led by eight points and eight rebounds from Becca Butler to defeat ReMax Gulfstream Realty on Jan. 16. Stephanie Purnell added six points, while Daniel Pimental and Savannah Schield each scored four points.
ReMax was led by eight points and six steals from Travis Belsito and seven points and six steals from Jacob Beard in the loss.
Cycles 38, Oyster Bar 28
Tommy Price’s all-around play lifted Connect Cycles to a 10-point victory over the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on Jan. 17. Price finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead Connect Cycles, which also received seven points from Kyle Parsons and four points apiece from Chris Callahan, Patrick Edwards and Kera Nelson in the victory.
Ryan Schroeder led the Oyster Bar with 14 points and eight rebounds. Brett Rocklein added eight points and eight steals, while Molly McDonough added four points and five rebounds in the loss.
Paradise 33, Danziger 16
Twelve points, eight rebounds and four assists from Blake Wilson sparked A Paradise Realty past Dr. Danziger’s Destroyers on Jan. 16. Eric Dolan and Katie Hunt scored four points apiece, while Sarah Howard and Lindsey Reid finished with three points apiece in the Paradise victory.
Matt Bauer scored four points and grabbed 19 rebounds to pace Danziger, which also received four points from Chris Pate and three points from Trevor Bystrom in the loss.
WCAC 47, Ralph’s 33
West Coast Air Conditioning received double-figure scoring efforts from three players during its Jan. 18 victory over Rotten Ralph’s. Celia Ware, Jordan Pritchard and David Tyson each scored 12 points for WCAC, while Chad Reed added six points and Tripp Pearre finished with five points in the victory.
Rotten Ralph’s was led by 12 points apiece from Dylan Mullen and Garrett Secor, who also hauled down 14 rebounds. Brandon Gengler added nine points and 11 rebounds for Rotten Ralph’s in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
It was another full week of golf at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach. The week’s action closed with the club’s weekly nine-hole coed tournament. The team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Tom Steele, Joyce Brown and Hal Sears fired a nine-under-par 23 in the best ball of foursome game to claim first place. Second place went to the team of Dottie McKinna, Al Morgan and Fred Meyers with a combined 26.
The men teed it up on Jan. 17 for an 18-hole, low-net-of-partner’s game. Two teams, Hal Sears and Jim Thorton, along with the team of Bob Sayles and Bob Lamp, shot a combined two-under par 126 to claim clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Two shots back in second place were Gordon McKinna and Fred Meyers, who finished at even par. Tom Lewis and Chuck Boes came in third with a 135, while Bob Dickinson and Bill Gallagher were alone in fourth place with a 138.
The women teed it up on Jan. 16 for nine holes of individual-low-net golf. Flight AA saw Penny Williams birdie No. 6 on the way to posting an even-par 32 to defeat the trio of Bobbie Lindstrom, Jean Holmes and Cindi Mansour, who each shot 34.
Flight A was won by Meredith Slavin with a three-under 29, one shot ahead of second-place finisher Joyce Reith. Dorothy McKinna and Nancy King both shot even-par 32 to finish in third place.
Sally Keyes fired an even-par 32 to capture Flight B over Lorraine Towne, Maryanne Kaemerlen and Linda Morris, all tied for second place with 34s.
Sally York’s 31 was good for first place in Flight C. Terry Westby shot a 32 and Millie Mullin shot a 34 to finish in second- and third-place respectively.
Joanne Brougher shot a one-under 31 to finish three shots ahead of second-place finisher Roxanne Koche to win Flight D. Dot Camboni was third with a 35, while Erma McMullin and Theresa Schutt were tied for third with 34s.
The men also played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match on Jan. 15, which was captured by Hugh Holmes Sr. Holmes fired a four-under-par 28 to finish one shot ahead of second-place finishers Bob Landgren and Tom McDonnell, who both shot a 29. There was also a tie for third place between Dick Grimme and Richard Westby at two-under-par 30.
Great weather produced a great turnout for the Jan. 13 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Fourteen teams were whittled down to three who posted perfect 3-0 pool play records to advance to the playoffs.
The first playoff game saw the team of Norm Good and John Crawford blitz the team of Steve Doyle and Bob Hawks by a 21-2 score. The final match saw Rod Bussey and Sam Samuels battle gamely, but eventually losing to Good and Crawford 21-16.
Eleven teams vied for the trophy on Jan. 17, but the team of Rod Busey and Sam Samuels was the only team with a 3-0 pool-play record, ensuring they couldn’t lose in the finals.
Five teams battled it out for second place with Charlie Apuzzo and Bob Lee emerging to claim runnersup honors.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
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