The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league concluded its regular season on Wednesday evening, as defending League Champion Ryan's Oil & Heating earned the top overall seed for playoffs by winning it's last six games of the season, en route to a 6-1 record.

Mike Stower Coal & Oil-

Vesuvio's

In one of the most exciting finishes this season, Vesuvio's clinched a first round bye in next week's playoffs with a 70-68 victory over Mike Stower Coal & Oil.

With Vesuvio's leading 68-66, Eric Dion tied the game up at 68-68 with two clutch free throws with three seconds left. Vesuvio's then inbounded the ball under its own basket and Mark Scarcella heaved up an off-balance desperation game-winning shot just inside the three-point arc as time expired.

Scarcella finished with 14 points and four three-pointers, while Dan Maguschak tallied 18 points and four treys to lead Vesuvio's. Carlos Rivas also scored 14 points, while Naveen Mohuiddin tacked on 12.

For Mike Stower Coal & Oil, Jon Veet scored a game-high 29 points with seven three pointers (six of which came in the first half, as he helped his team erase an early 17-3 deficit). Ethan Eichorst and Brandon DeCosmo also scored 13 points apiece.

Joey B's/Joe's Place-

Ryan's Oil & Heating

Defending League Champion Ryan's Oil & Heating earned the top overall seed for playoffs with a 61-45 victory over Joey B's/Joe's Place. After losing its first game of the season, Ryan's has now rolled to six consecutive victories.

Joe Schaeffer buried six three-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points to pace Ryan's Oil & Heating. Jeff Peel knocked down five treys for 15 points, while Jon Scheuer added 10 points.

For Joey B's/Joe's Place, Tom Kresge scored 14 points and Jim Parsons added 11.

Batter's Box-

Shawn's Construction

Shawn's Construction capped off the regular season with a hard-fought 58-54 victory over Batter's Box.

Chris Decker and Joe Tamagini led Shawn's Construction with 13 and 11 points respectively.

For Batter's Box, Aaron Mantz canned a game-high 17 points, while Erick Trabal added 14 points.

FINAL STANDINGS

W L

* Ryan's Oil & Heating 5 1

* Vesuvio's 4 2

* Shawn's Construction 4 2

* Batter's Box 3 3

* Mike Stower Coal & Oil 2 4

* Joey B's/Joe's Place 2 4

Lucky's Deli 1 5

* - clinched playoff berth

FINAL SCORING LEADERS

(in points per game)

Jon Veet (Mike Stower Coal & Oil) 27.00

Brandon DeCosmo (Mike Stower Coal & Oil) 19.80

Dan Maguschak (Vesuvio's) 18.00

Erick Trabal (Batter's Box) 17.17

Tom Kresge (Joey B's/Joe's Place) 16.00

Jack Buchinsky (Lucky's Deli) 15.60

Joe Schaeffer (Ryan's Oil & Heating) 15.40

Naveen Mohiuddin (Vesuvio's) 15.25

Jon Scheuer (Ryan's Oil & Heating) 14.20

FINAL THREE-POINT LEADERS

Joe Schaeffer (Ryan's Oil & Heating) 22

Brandon DeCosmo (Mike Stower Coal & Oil) 15

Aaron Mantz (Batter's Box) 14

Erick Trabal (Batter's Box) 14

Jon Veet (Mike Stower Coal & Oil) 13

Jim Parsons (Joey B's/Joe's Place) 13

NEXT WEEK'S PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 27

(at Tamaqua Area Athletic Center)

PLAYOFFS QUARTERFINALS

6:30 p.m. - #4 Batter's Box vs. #5 Mike Stower Coal & Oil

7:30 p.m. - #3 Shawn's Construction vs. #6 Joey B's/Joe's Place

Bye - #1 Ryan's Oil & Heating

Bye - #2 Vesuvio's