RCBL week ten
The RCBL's two leading teams improved their win/loss records by defeating the two trailing teams on Monday at the Boys & Girls Club.
The early game had the Suns (7-2) against the Bulls (1-8).
The Bulls stayed close in the first quarter, thanks to some three-point shooting late in the period, and finished the frame just two points back, 30-28.
The Suns started the game one player shy of the required five, but Lucas Brewer showed up mid way in the quarter to fill out the lineup.
Adam Rebello was all but unstoppable for the Suns from long range, sinking four treys in the first quarter and four more in the second.
At the break the Suns led by 12, 59-47. Rebello dropped three more bombs in the third and fourth quarters, finishing the contest with a game-high 37 points.
All five of the Suns scored in double figures: Matt Brown had 23, Tim Scott 13, Cody Brewer and Mike Baptiste 12 each.
Ryan Kurth was most Bullish with 27 points. Jeremy Scheffer, who seemed to be involved in most of the action at both ends of the court, finished with 22 points. Tyson Lippincott added 12.
The Lakers were a man shy of the required five so, in a happy example of sportsmanship, the Heat loaned the Lakers not one, but two players to bring them up to par: Tim Penicaud and Jordan MacNeil, a Canadian visiting Pat Mercier.
The first half was as close as a game could be. The Lakers had a two point edge after the first 12 minute period: 23-21 and by one at the half, 46-45. It was still a one point game with three minutes left in the third period when the Heat ran off eleven unanswered points to lead, 74-62 at the three quarter mark.
The Lakers were visibly spent and Ryan Murtha warmed to the task, scoring nine consecutive points. Final count: Heat 109, Lakers 81.
Noah Hazelton was high for the Lakers with 25 including five three pointers. Heath Estrella had 17, Jordan MacNeil 15 and Jared Silvia 13.
For the Heat, seven players ended in twin columns led by Ryan Murtha and Brant Silvia, each with 22. Sandy Fisher finished with 16, and Matt Rivers had 15. Both Damon Mello and Matt Gebo contributed a dozen and Jason Dyer had ten.
Travelers mine gold
The Martha's Vineyard 6th grade girls travel basketball team played in the March Madness Tournament at Sandwich last weekend and emerged unscathed with top honors.
In their first game, the team met Falmouth. Mya Houston led the assault on the Clippers hoop, scoring a game-high 16 in the 33-26 victory. Shannon Morris was effective on defense, assigned to neutralize a very tall Falmouth center.
The Islanders faced Lakeville in their second game. Mya Houston had the team-high again, this time with 10 points. Erin Hill contributed seven more. M.V. 26, Lakeville 17.
Next adversary was the home squad, Sandwich, a team obviously ready to play. The Blue Knights took the lead early and held it until only two minutes remained on the clock. At that point Mya Houston drove to the basket, scored and was fouled. Her basket gave the Vineyard a one-point lead. She missed the chance for a three-point play, but she then hit the front end of a one-and-one putting the Islanders up by two. Final score: M.V. 16, Sandwich 14. Mya had a game-high 9 points. Erin Hill shone on defense, holding Sandwich's high scorer to a single basket while scoring four points of her own.
The final obstacle was Bourne, which the Vineyarders cleared, leading from the start. Mya's 10 points were high for the Islanders. Kaitlyn Marchand came off the bench to give her team eight big ones.
The team: Erin Hill, Mya Houston, Kaitlyn Marchand, Casey McAndrews, Shannon Morris, Isabella Quinnones, Meghan Sawyer, Whitney Schroeder, Olivia Smith, and Emily Turney. Team coaches are Maureen Hill and Joe Houston.
Table tennis teachers
Nationally ranked table tennis players Yuri Luncar (right) and Albert Lau (left) take on all comers and offer instruction at the West Tisbury school on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 pm. All levels of skill are welcome.
A women's pick-up basketball game is played in the West Tisbury school gym every Monday evening. All ladies are welcome. Left: Holly Jackson steals the ball from Lori Rezendes. Right: Susie Schofield crowds Danelle Silvia.
Youth hockey results
At the Tony Kent Arena, Saturday, the M.V. Cape & Islands Junior Highs defeated Y/D #2, 4-2. Jack Slayton scored twice. Andrew Wiley and Dorian Johnson also filled the net. Assisting were Sam Burke, Kyle Stobie, and Steven Brown. Mike Mazza and Oliver Lane had strong games.
Sunday, the Jr. Highs played the 19 win, one loss, Y/D #1 team and played them even up for most of the game before conceding, 4-1. Brian Fraser scored the Vineyard goal off a Sam Burke assist. The Jr. High defense is commended for holding a team averaging 12 goals per game to four points. Goalie Caleb Hallett made 28 saves.
At the Falmouth Arena, the M.V. PeeWee B team played in the Spring Fling dropping Falmouth, Friday, 4-3 then lost to Natick, 1-0 and Wareham, 2-0.
M.V. Youth Hockey teams will be playing in tourneys this weekend at Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Squirt B team bested Hanover, 4-1, then dominated the Grafton Lakers, 11-1 before being edged by Falmouth, 2-1.
The Islanders faced Falmouth again in the Tournament finals and prevailed 4-3 in overtime.
Goalie Zach Fullin and his defensive shield are commended for their tremendous efforts.
Saturday, the MVYH Junior High team bested the Conquistadors 4-1 at Raynham.
The PeeWee B's lost to Waltham, 2-0.
At the M.V. Arena the M.V. Mites split their twin bill with Nantucket 1-0, 0-1.
Awards night is Tuesday, March 16, at the Masonic Hall across the road from Mahoney's.
The Spaghetti dinner will be catered by Buckley Catering.
Instructionals, house programs, and Squirt teams please bring a desert, e.g. brownies, cookies. Junior Highs and PeeWees please bring drinks: e.g. bottled water, soda, juice boxes.
A group of 11 youngsters from the Vineyard Youth Tennis Center returned from the Natick Racquet Club late Sunday with a couple of trophies in hand. Grant Pertile won his 12 and under flight barely edging Owen Bresnick by one game. Both players won all three rounds. Other notables in the boys division were Benny Binder and Sam Bresnick, winning two rounds. In the girls 10 and under division, Lizzie Williamson won her flight to bring home the trophy. Overall the tournament was a great experience and the players are already preparing for another tournament soon.
Sun to shine on Sam
Samantha Potter of Oak Bluffs is the winner of the Vineyard Youth Tennis scholarship to attend a one-week camp at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Camp at Bradenton, Florida.
Sam is currently ranked 31st in the New England 12 and under division and also competes in the 14 and under division. Last weekend she was accepted to participate in the Nike qualifying tour in Hartford, Conn.
Her work ethic, love for the game, and desire to be the best propelled her to win the award, and her name will be prominently displayed on the perpetual plaque in the Vineyard Youth Tennis lobby.
There are few Island sites busier than the Boys & Girls Club in Edgartown. The boys and girls Biddy Ball instructional league for first and second graders has just finished its eight-week season and now gives way to leagues for older youngsters. Sixty boys in third and fourth grades play their basketball games Fridays at 5, 6, and 7 pm. Forty girls in grades three to six play their games at 5 and 6 pm every Thursday.