The boys of winter are back as RCBL basketball returns

Ralph Stewart

The court at the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club in Edgartown will once again come alive on Monday nights this winter.

RCBL basketball is back after a one-year hiatus. The venerable winter adult basketball league, a fixture of Island sports life for more than 20 years, will resume play on November 5.

The league began in 1986 as the Robin (Wingate) and Corly (Maciel) Basketball League, with six teams competing in the Tisbury School gymnasium.

Last year, the league fell victim to a leadership void and play was cancelled.

The future of the league began to look brighter last spring when Abby Leighton stepped up as the new league commissioner and talks resumed with team captains.

With the 2012-13 season ready to go, four teams will compete in a four-month quest for the Golden Rim. For the past three years, the trophy has rested with the two-time defending champion Heat. This season, the champs, captained by Sandy Fisher, will go for the three-peat.

Standing in their way are the Lakers, captained by Heath Estrella; the Suns, led by Mike Baptiste; and Alex Schilcher’s Bulls.

The Heat and the Lakers tip off in the opening game Monday night at 6:15 pm. The Suns and the Bulls follow at 8 pm.

The regular season runs through February 4. The playoffs (all series will be best-of-three) start on February 11 and end in mid-March.

The league is still looking for additional referees. Anyone interested may contact Abby Leighton at 508-524-9330.