HUSTLE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to this week’s Hustle Player of the Week, Brandon Brown!
Friday, October 11th, Bingham Farms Elementary
LIBERTY16, SPARKS 13: Both teams entered this match-up hungry for their first win. As soon as the ball was tipped the Sparks brought the energy on both ends of the court. Led by their sharpshooting guards Laura Aubey (7 points) and Lois Cortez (2 points), the Sparks scored a season high 13 points. However, the experience of the Liberty line-up prevailed in the final minutes led by their FNL veterans Katie Zeigler (6 points), Charlotte Gress (4 points) and Sienna Turnbull (4 points) to secure the close win.
ACES 19, LYNX 5: The late game was a battle of the undefeated as the high-scoring Aces met a tough Lynx team. Led by trio Mia Maccani (2 points), Perla Hatati (2 points) and Kaitlyn Merritt (1 point) the Lynx had a strong 1st half. However, it wasn’t enough to stop the offensive fire power of the Aces who continued their scoring dominance, led by Sophia Lossia( 10 points) and the Splash Sisters Mia Hammoud (7 points) and Hanna Hammoud (2 points) on the way to their second win.
Friday, October 11th, Berkshire Middle School
CRUSH 26, WILD THINGS 15: The Crush used an amazing 4th quarter run to stun the Wild Things last Friday, outscoring them 12-0 in the final 8:24 of the game. Crush forward Hazel Guffey scored all of her six points in the final quarter to pace the girls in orange. Guffey’s teammate Chloe Nemeth led all scorers with eight points while Brielle Brooks paced the crush with 10 strong rebounds. As well, the Crush outrebounded the Wild Things 23-14. Olivia Zack led the Wild Things with five points.
REBELS 28, SHOWTIME 25: The Rebels were able to outlast the high-flying Showtime team Friday with a solid three-point win at Berkshire Middle School. The Rebels jumped out to an early 14-4 lead but Showtime made a strong run using the transition game to cut the lead to 14-13 by halftime. Showtime forward Jaya Jackson had her best game of her FNL career with 13 points and eight rebounds. Emma Drouillard pitched in with six points and three rebounds in the loss. The Rebels were led by McKenley Reid’s 10 points while Sofia Acuna had five rebounds for the Rebels.
HOOSIERS 33, BRONCOS 11: The Hoosiers were bothered early by the tough Bronco defense and could only muster 16 points through the first three quarters. But then the Hoosiers started pushing the basketball in transition and exploded for 17 fourth quarter points. Taylor Vance and Nolan Davis combined for 16 points for the Hoosiers in the win. The Broncos came out inspired and really worked the boards – especially on defense. They held the Hoosiers to no field goals in the first quarter. Mikias McKinney paced the Broncos with four points.
Saturday, October 12th, Berkshire Middle School
HAWKEYES 30, WOLVERINES 24: The Hawkeyes were relentless on defense and their physical play dominated the afternoon. “The Wolverines are a really good team,” said Hawkeye coach Deji Adebiyi, “I was just telling my team not to play afraid and attack the rim on every possession.” The strategy worked and rattled the Wolverines offense. Five of the seven Hawkeyes scored, paced by Dominc Taylor’s 12 points and three blocked shots. Bryan Pohl had another strong game and scored one basket in every quarter. Luca Spadafore (7-points) played a fine game for the Wolverines who shot 4-8 from the FT Line.
WARRIORS (prep) 19, BLACKHAWKS 15: The Warriors built an early 15-5 lead and managed to stave off a hi-flying Blackhawks team to earn their second win in as many games. “The Blackhawks just never gave up,” said Warrior Coach Tyler Reamer, “They were relentless!” Andrew Abro paced the Warriors with six points while his teammate Ryder Fenton added four points. The Blackhawks were led by Isaac Robles who had a fantastic second half with six points and seven rebounds. Miles Trice didn’t score a field goal for the Blackhawks but did shoot eight free-throws, making four.
WARRIORS (pro) 38, HEAT 33: The Warriors continue to dominate the boards and in doing so topped the Heat by five in a Pro-Division match-up on Saturday. Perhaps the turning point of the game was in the second quarter when Nikolas Stoyanovich scored two consecutive three-point shots and then two possessions later hit another. He led his team with 10 points While Brady Glime added seven points and two spectacular dives to save loose balls. The Heat were paced by Brandon Brown’s best game of the season with 21 points (11 in the fourth quarter). Brown also had 11 rebounds and four blocked shots to earn the Kroger Hustle Player of the Week award!
HOYAS 27, SPARTANS 26: In a game that saw many lead changes, the Hoyas were able to outlast the Spartans Saturday in a game that saw 19 fouls, 21 free-throws and countless held-ball situations. Lance Kukes scored seven of his team-high 12 points in the final four minutes of play. Parker Rost added four points and Grant Hulgrave three points in the win. The Spartans really didn’t lose, they just ran out of time. Jonathan Schwartz continued his fine play with 12 points (4-6FT) while Aiden Binder added eight points.
Saturday, October 12th, Franklin Athletic Club
BULLETS 47, SPIRITS 37: Blaine Proefke scored a season-high 26 points, including 4 three-pointers, leading the Bullets to their first victory of the season. The Spirits were led by Ben Diskin’s 12 points, but fell to 0-3 on the season. “Our games have been very competitive. We are very close to turning the corner and being a really good team,” said Spirits’ coach Aaron Johnson. Drew Weitzman and Max Kramer each scored 6 points for the Bullets.
TROPICS 49, SONICS 41: The Tropics earned their third-straight win on Saturday, defeating the Sonics in a match-up of unbeaten teams. John Chinonis scored a game-high 20 points for the Tropics, who move to 3-0 on the year. The Sonics (2-1) were led by Christian Hosler’s 17 points and 15 combined points from Armaan Jovic (9 points) and Kaan Jovic (6 points). Noah Stern and Cooper Schoenberg each scored 12 points for the Tropics.
CELTICS 34, BULLS 26: The Celtics utilized the dynamic duo of Benjamin Schwartz and Chase Kukes to take down the Bulls on Saturday. Both forwards scored 13 points, combining for 26 points on the afternoon. The Bulls were led in scoring by Christopher Edwards (7 points) and James Chinonis (6 points). In three games this season, the Bulls have yet to pick up a victory. However, the improvement has been visible and they are close to getting over the top. The Celtics, meanwhile, look to be one of the tougher teams in the Pro Division, as they advanced to 2-0 on the season.