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HAMPSTEAD – The second round playoffs of the Hampstead Men’s Masters Basketball League took place over the past two weeks that saw Captain Bob Dudal’s Dunkin’ Donuts East Hampstead taking down Captain Pat Curry’s United Business Machines in two games with Captain Craig Wlodyka’s L&M Construction also sweeping Captain Ken Wolenski’s Village Vinyl in two games. The matchup is now set for the #1 seed Dunkin’ Donuts East Hampstead facing the #2 L&M construction for the 2012-2013 HMBL championship.
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The #6 seed UBM came out firing and grabbed a 16-11 first quarter lead but the #1 seed Dunkin’ shook off the cobwebs and took control in the second frame for a 20-26 halftime advantage. Dunkin’ continued to control the game as they stretched their lead to 46-38 going into the final period and held off UBM for the 62-51 win. Ben Ruggles led the scoring attack for Dunkin’ with 19 points and got a lot of help from Fred Malcolm with 15 points, Dano Anderson 14 points, John Sheehan 6 points, Wayne Hamilton 4 points and Matt Gorham and Ken Fure with 2 points each. UBM was led by Harry Williams and John Keisling with 14 points each, Don Bell 10 points, Brian Condon 7 points, Dick Danner 4 points and Pat Curry with 2 points. Dunkin’ led in field goals, 23-19, and both teams had 3 three-pointers. Dunkin’ hit 7 of 14 free throws for 50% while UBM hit 4 of 10 for 40%.
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UBM came out with an upset on their mind as they grabbed an 18-12 first quarter lead and extended their advantage to 30-21 at the half. UBM then got into foul trouble and Dunkin’ was quick to take advantage as they only trailed by a hoop, 40-38, going into the final period. Dunkin’ turned on the jets in the fourth quarter and hit some key free throws to come away with the 67-59 win and a ticket to the finals. Fred Malcolm had 18 points to lead the balanced Dunkin’ scoring effort followed by Ben Ruggles with 17 points, Wayne Hamilton 15 points, Dano Anderson 11 points, John Sheehan 4 points, and Ken Fure with 2 points. UBM was led by John Keisling with 18 points, Bill Whearty 15 points, Harry Williams 12 points, Dick Danner 7 points, Brian Condon 5 points and Don Bell with 2 points. UBM led in field goals, 22-18, while Dunkin’ enjoyed a 5-2 advantage in three-pointers. UBM hit 9 of 18 free throws for 50% while Dunkin’ hit 16 of 28 for 57%.
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L&M grabbed a quick 18-11 first period lead, and Village was able to keep pace but still trailed, 29-24, at the half. The defense was turned up in the third frame and Village was able to cut the deficit to a single hoop, 33-31, going into the final frame but were unable to get their offense on track as L&M put the clamps down to come away with the 47-37 defensive battle win. Matt Tulley led L&M with 16 points followed by Scott Doyle with 12 points, Kevin Young 8 points, Jeff Steenson 5 points, and Craig Wlodyka and Bob Edwards with 3 points each. Village was led by Jim Whitehouse and Mike Desmond with 11 points each along with Tim McDonald 8 points, Ken Wolenksi 4 points and Sean Morrissey with 3 points. Both teams had 17 field goals while L&M had a 2-0 advantage in three-pointers. L&M hit 7 of 16 free throws for 44% while Village hit 3 of 12 for 25%.
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Both teams came out with the defense turned on as Village took a slim 8-7 first quarter lead. L&M was able to find some space and hit some shots in the second period while Village struggled leading to an L&M 24-16 advantage at the half. Village had one final push in them as they closed the gap to 36-34 going into the final frame but never got back on track as L&M took control for the final nine minutes and the 52-39 victory to move onto the championship round. Scott Doyle led L&M with 19 points with help from Jeff Steenson with 13 points, Kevin Young 8 points, Matt Tulley 6 points, Bob Edwards 4 points and Paul Ramos with 3 points. Village was led by Sean Morrissey’s 11 points, Marty Auger 10 points, and Jim Whitehouse and Tim McDonald with 9 points each. L&M led in field goals, 18-15, while both teams had 2 three-pointers. Village hit 3 of 5 free throws for 60% while L&M hit 10 of 17 for 59%.