By John Keisling
Carriage Towne News
HAMPSTEAD – In the final week of the regular season of the Hampstead Masters Basketball League, Captain Dave Rowell’s Gelinas Siding (10-10) upended Captain Craig Wlodyka’s short-handed L&M Construction (12-8), 51-36, while in the second game Captain Pat Curry’s United Business Machines (6-14) slipped by Captain Bob Dudal’s Dunkin’ Donuts East Hampstead (12-8) , 54-50. In the final game Captain Stan Lewis’ East Coast Lumber (11-9) ran by Captain Ken Wolenksi’s Village Vinyl (9-11), 69-56.
Gelinas Siding 51
L&M Construction 36
Gelinas took a slim 9-7 lead after the first quarter but took advantage of the short-handed L&M for a commanding 20-8 lead at the half. Gelinas continued to take advantage as they stretched their lead to 38-23 going into the final frame and cruised to the 51-36 win. Jason Kimball led Gelinas with 11 points followed by Dave Wojichowski with 10 points, Craig Anderson 9 points, John Suprenant 7 points, Dave Rowell and Mark Raumikaitis 6 points each, and Ken Gelinas with 2 points. L&M was led by Jeff Steenson’s 13 points along with Kevin Young and Craig Wlodyka 8 points each and Paul Ramos with 6 points. Gelinas led in field goals 17-5, while L&M led in three-pointers, 6-5. Gelinas hit both their free throws for 100% while L&M hit 8 of 13 for 62%.
Dunkin’ Donuts, EH 50
Both teams came out shooting as Dunkin’ took a 16-11 lead after the first period, but UBM was able to come back and lead at the half, 29-27. Tough play ensued in the third frame where UBM was able to add to their lead, 40-36, and held off a final push by Dunkin’ to come away with the 54-50 win. Harry Williams led the scoring for UBM with 14 points with help from Dick Danner and John Keisling with 12 points each, Don Bell 6 points, Mike Croke and Pat Curry 4 points each, and Brian Condon with 2 points. Dunkin’ was led by John Sheehan with 27 points along with Fred Malcolm 9 points, Bob Dudal and Matt Gorham 6 points each and Ken Fure with 2 points. Dunkin’ led in field goals, 21-17, while UBM held a 4-1 advantage in three pointers. Dunkin’ hit 5 of 7 free throws for 71% while UBM hit 8 of 18 for 44%.
East Coast Lumber 69
Village Vinyl 56
In a fast pace first quarter, East Coast held a slim 15-13 lead and were able to extend their lead to 34-28 at the half. East Coast took control in the third frame as they opened up their lead to 52-40 and were content to exchange baskets with Village in the final period to come away with the 69-56 win. Scott True tossed in 28 points to lead East Coast with a lot of help from Craig McGuire with 21 points, Gary Cebula 6 points, Stan Lewis, Kevin Meagher and Russ Evans all with 4 points each, and Keith Therrien with 2 points. Village was led by Sean Morrissey’s 14 points along with Mike Desmond 13 points, Tim McDonald 11 points, Marty Auger 8 points, Ross Huntington 5 points and Ken Wolenski with 4 points. East Coast led in field goals, 31-19, while Village led in three-pointers, 3-0. East Coast hit 7 of 12 free throws for 58% while Village hit 3 of 7 for 43%.
The league playoffs are up next for the Hampstead Masters Basketball League. Dunkin’ Donuts and L&M Construction finished at the top of the heap and will enjoy first round byes.
In a best of three game series, the #3 seed East Coast Lumber will be facing the #6 seed UBM while the #4 and #5 seeds East Coast Lumber and Gelinas will be squaring off. The winners will move onto the semi-final round.