The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league rolls into July off a crazy week of action that saw Ryan's Oil & Heating posted a 20-point victory over R.R. Frey Services on Monday night, only to have DJ 101 spoil Ryan's undefeated season with a huge upset victory two nights later.
When all the smoke cleared, Mike Stower Coal & Oil (4-0) is now the only undefeated team remaining, while four teams (Ryan's Oil & Heating, R.R. Frey Services, DJ 101 and Vesuvio's) sit a game back.
R.R. Frey Services-Ryan's Oil & Heating
In a marquee matchup featuring two teams that have combined to win the past six ESRC summer basketball League championships, Ryan's Oil & Heating (2007, 2008, 2012) defeated R.R. Frey Services (2009, 2010, 2011) by a final score of 73-53.
Jon Scheuer scored 23 points to lead Ryan's Oil & Heating.
For R.R. Frey Services, Jeremy Frey once again led the way with 23 points in the loss.
Mike Stower Coal & Oil-Lucky's Deli
Mike Stower Coal & Oil had little trouble with Lucky's Deli, as the Hazleton-based squad rolled to a 73-52 victory.
Ethan Eichorst scored 22 points for Mike Stower's, while Jon Veet made his presence felt with 14 points.
Eric Carter paced Lucky's Deli with 16 points in the losing effort.
Ziegler's Auto Repair
Dom N Ali Steaks Dom N Ali Steaks & Seafood finished the night off with a commanding victory over Ziegler's Auto Repair & Towing, 70-46.
Brock Mitchell had 16 points to lead Dom N Ali's while Tyler Breznitsky added 13 points of his own.
Mike Stower Coal & Oil-Batter's Box
Mike Stower Coal & Oil hung on for a 57-56 victory over Batter's Box to remain the lone undefeated team left in the league. Batter's Box had a chance for a potential game-winning shot, but turned the ball over on its final possession.
Ethan Eichorst scored a game-high 26 points for Mike Stower's.
For Batter's Box, Logan Stano led the way with a 16-point effort.
-Ryan's Oil & Heating
In the biggest upset of the season to date, DJ 101 knocked off defending league champion Ryan's Oil & Heating by a final score of 63-50. DJ 101 gave Ryan's fits by using an up-tempo offense and a suffocating pressure defense to secure the victory.
Jordan Wartman had 17 points to pace DJ 101, while Jarrad Welikonich factored in with 14 points on the night.
Shawn Tray tallied 14 points to lead Ryan's in the losing effort.
Dom N Ali Steaks-Vesuvio's
Vesuvio's withstood a fierce second-half rally by Dom N Ali Steaks & Seafood and posted its third straight victory by a final score of 79-66.
Dan Maguschack netted 20 points to lead Vesuvio's, while Carlos Rivas and Mark Scarcella added 18 and 13 points respectively.
For Dom N Ali's, Matt Yaich accounted for 20 points in the loss.
Mike Stower Coal & Oil 4 0
R.R. Frey Services 3 1
Ryan's Oil & Heating 3 1
DJ 101 3 1
Vesuvio's 3 1
Batter's Box 1 3
Dom N Ali Steaks 1 3
Lucky's Deli 0 4
Ziegler's Auto Repair 0 4
Next Week's Schedule
Monday, July 1
(at North & Middle Ward
6:00 - Batter's Box vs. Dom N Ali Steaks & Seafood
7:00 - Ziegler's Auto Repair & Towing vs. Lucky's Deli
8:00 - Mike Stower Coal & Oil vs. R.R. Frey Services
Wednesday, July 3
(at North & Middle Ward Playground)
6:00 - Lucky's Deli vs. Vesuvio's
7:00 - Dom N Ali Steaks & Seafood vs. Ryan's Oil & Heating
8:00 - Mike Stower Coal & Oil vs. DJ 101