HAMPSTEAD – The opening playoff round of the Hampstead Men’s Masters Basketball League took place over the last few weeks with Captain Wayne Hamilton’s Dunkin’ Donuts East Hampstead needing three games to slip by Captain Stan Lewis’ Village Vinyl, and Captain Craig Wlodyka’s L&M Construction sweeping Captain Dave Rowell’s East Coast Lumber in two games. The second round of the playoffs will have Dunkin’ Donuts taking on the first place Boutin Glass while L&M will face the number two seed Gelinas Siding.
Village Vinyl 65
Dunkin’ Donuts 48
Village jumped out to a 23-9 first quarter advantage and maintained their control, 38-22, at the half. The second half was a carbon copy of the first as the undermanned Dunkin’ could not get back in the game and Village cruised to the 65-48 win. Matt Tulley led Village with 17 points with a lot help from Keith Therrien with 14 points, Mike Desmond 13 points, Jim Whitehouse 12 points, Gary Cebula 7 points and Dave Goyette with 2 points. Dunkin’ was led by Jeff Steenson with 19 points, Terry Crump 10 points, Dick Danner 7 points, Ben Ruggles 6 points, Brian Condon 4 points and Ken Fure with 2 points. Village led in field goals, 24-12, while Dunkin’ had a 7-3 advantage in three-pointers. Dunkin’ hit 3 of 4 free throws for 75% while Village hit 8 of 14 for 57%.
Dunkin’ Donuts 55
Village Vinyl 52
Dunkin’ came out seeking revenge for the Game 1 loss but Village was able to take a first quarter 16-12 lead. Dunkin’ tied the score, 25-25, at the half, but Village came back for a slim 40-38 lead going into the final frame. The momentum swung back one more time in Dunkin’s favor as they hit some key shots in the final frame for the 55-52 win. Bill Whearty and Bobby Clarke each had 12 points to lead Dunkin’ followed by Jeff Steenson with 9 points, Ben Ruggles 8 points, Brian Condon 6 points, Dick Danner 4 points and Ken Fure with 2 points. Village was led by Mike Desmond with 21 points followed by Keith Therrien 10 points, Gary Cebula 9 points, Dave Goyette 6 points and Matt Tulley with 5 points. Dunkin’ led in field goals, 20-17, and both teams had 3 three-pointers. Dunkin’ hit 4 of 6 free throws for 67% while Village hit 8 of 14 for 57%.
Dunkin’ Donuts 60
Village Vinyl 59
In the tie-breaker/winner moves on game, Dunkin’ took an early 17-12 first quarter lead. Both teams moved the ball well in the second period, and Dunkin’ clung to a 30-27 lead. Village continued to pull closer and only trailed by a point going into the final frame, 42-41. The lead went back and forth in the final period where a clutch three-pointer and two free throws by Franchise Condon gave Dunkin’ the exciting 60-59 win and a trip to the semi-finals. Bill Whearty led Dunkin’ with 18 points with help from Jeff Steenson with 15 points, Brian Condon 10 points, Ben Ruggles 9 points, Bobby Clarke 4 points and Dick Danner and Terry Crump with 2 points each. Village was led by Jim Whitehouse’s 20 points, Mike Desmond 13 points, Gary Cebula 9 points, Keith Therrian 8 points, Dave Goyette 5 points and Kevin Crump with 4 points. Village led in field goals, 19-18, while Dunkin’ had a 5-4 advantage in three-pointers. Free throws were the key in this game as Dunkin’ hit 10 of 14 for 71% while Village hit 9 of 17 for 53%.
East Coast 57
L&M came out shooting as they grabbed an early 19-9 lead, but East Coast came storming back for a 35-34 lead at the half. Just as they got hot quickly, East Coast went cold as L&M came back in the third frame for a 52-43 lead and made their free throws in the final period for the 73-57 win. Craig Anderson scorched the nets for 23 points to lead L&M along with Sean Morrissey 21 points, Kent Anson 18 points, Don Bell 7 points and Bob Edwards 4 points. East Coast was led by Dano Anderson with 18 points along with Jason Kimball 12 points, Dan Munsell 11 points, Bill Demers 8 points, Joe Dzengeleski 6 points and Harry Williams with 2 points. L&M lead in field goals, 21-15, while both teams hit 5 three-pointers. L&M hit 16 of 23 free throws for 70% while East Coast went 12 of 18 for 67%.
East Coast 37
East Coast took an early 12-6 lead, but L&M was able to come back within a point at the half, 21-20. L&M started taking over the game in the third frame as they led, 37-30, going into the final period where East Coast went ice cold allowing L&M to come away with the 50-37 win and a trip to the semi-finals. Craig Anderson led L&M with 12 points followed by Bob Edwards and Sean Morrissey with 10 points each, Tony Serino 9 points, Don Bell 7 points and Craig Wlodyka with 2 points. East Coast was led by Dano Anderson, Jason Kimball and Harry Williams all with 8 points each, Dan Munsell and Joe Dzengeleski with 4 points each, and Dave Rowell and John Fortin with 2 points each. L&M led in field goals, 17-12, while East Coast led in three-pointers, 3-0. L&M hit 16 of 25 free throws for 64% while East Coast was a perfect 4 for 4 at the line.